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Today's News

  • Las Vegas gets new interim attorney

    Longtime local attorney David Romero is the city’s new interim attorney, a job he has had before.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously voted to approve Mayor Tony Marquez’s recommendation of Romero as the attorney. Romero has served as the city attorney in Las Vegas and other New Mexico towns, including Santa Rosa.

  • Armijo's late bucket lifts Cowgirls

    Jessica Armijo’s 10-foot jump shot with 17 seconds left broke a 64-64 tie and nudged New Mexico Highlands toward a 67-65 victory over Regis on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    With this, their second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win of the season, the Cowgirls have now doubled last season’s win total within league play. The outcome also pushed NMHU to the .500 mark at 7-7 overall. Coach Tiffany Darling and her team are 2-5 in the RMAC with Mesa State and Western State coming to town this weekend.

  • Letter: Recycling program needs improving

    If the city of Las Vegas wishes to promote a recycling program, the receiving site does little to encourage people.

    There have been few times in the last several years when bins have not been overflowing and cans, newspapers and plastic containers scattered around. I have made numerous trips to the office of the city manager to register my concern.

  • County still works on wind farm rules

    San Miguel County continues to work on updating its ordinance regulating wind farms, and officials promise that the public will be fully involved in that process.

    Last week, County Manager Les Montoya asked the County Commission about the next step the county should take with its efforts. The commissioners generally agreed that the county should continue to have a task force continue working on the ordinance.

    No applications are pending for wind turbines, but Chicago-based Invenergy LLC has expressed an interest in building a wind farm in the Bernal area.

  • Letter: Obama still hasn't ended torture

    Now that President Obama has ended his first year in office, it is time to evaluate. As human rights activists, we were hopeful that the president would bring change to U.S. foreign policy regarding the “war on terror,” Guantanamo Bay and torture, but his actions have fallen way short.

  • As It Is: Low-profile lawmakers

    Last week, state Rep. Eleanor Chavez, D-Albuquerque, wrote on Facebook that she held a town hall with her constituents. She said they told her they opposed a food tax and education cuts, wanted to close corporate loopholes and pushed reform of the tax structure.

    She said she walked away impressed.

    Wait a minute. State lawmakers hold town halls?

    Apparently, some do. Our lawmakers held one at Luna Community College in the summer, but they haven’t held one in the months leading up to the annual legislative session, which starts this week.

  • Dons fifth in Dexter tourney

    Tomas Benavidez scored 14 points and Ambrosio Castellano tallied 13 for West Las Vegas, helping the Dons to a 51-42 win over Cloudcroft Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Dexter Invitational.

    It was an uplifting weekend for the West boys, who bounced back from a 79-64 opening round loss to Hagerman to win their last two games. The Dons defeated Hot Springs 64-52 on Friday, reaching the consolation final.

    On Saturday, WLV built a modest early lead on Cloudcroft and began to pull away in the second quarter, taking a 31-22 halftime lead.

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  • Mil Gracias letter

    The West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School would like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and people for their donations and support in helping to make our winter concert and winter festivities a success:  Walgreens, Community First Bank, Elks Lodge, Walmart, Christine Ludi, Rep. and Mrs. Richard Vigil and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Vigil Jr.

    Becky Gallegos

    Principal

    Valley Elementary and Middle School

  • Mora school officials in dispute

    The chairman and the vice chairman of the Mora school board have gotten into a war of words via e-mail.

    Their differences are over the use of a district credit card and issues surrounding the hiring of Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as interim superintendent.

    On Dec. 16, Vice Chairman George Trujillo sent an e-mail to Chairman Joseph Griego, copied to other board members. He questioned what the pay and length of the contract would be for Sanchez, who took over just days before when the district put the superintendent, Dora Romero, on leave.

  • Marquez: City team '2nd to none'

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez says he is handing his successor a “great administration.”

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez recognized the municipal candidates who were in the audience — mayoral candidate Alfonso Ortiz, Ward 1 council candidate Bruce McAllister, and Ward 4 council candidates David Romero and Joseph R. Baca.

    Marquez, elected in 2008 after more than a decade on the council, isn’t running for a second two-year term. Ortiz faces two write-in candidates, Patrick Romero and Daniel Holguin, in the March 2 election.