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Today's News

  • Letter: Catholics give to Samaritan House

    On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we are pleased to announce that we have received notice from The Catholic Foundation that our 2010 grant proposal sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church Parish has been approved for funding in the amount of $5,000. These funds will be solely used for the purpose of helping our organization with our food pantry program. Just as a note: Samaritan House is distributing food to over 220 households each and every month.

  • Alta Vista CEO asked to appear

    San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger is still waiting for an update from Alta Vista Regional Hospital on its dealings with an employees’ union.

    Last month, he asked for Richard Grogan, the hospital’s CEO, to come before the commission to answer questions about the union.

    The county gives monthly payments to Alta Vista for providing medical services to the very poor. At Leger’s urging last year, the commission held back payments until a hospital official appeared personally to take questions.

  • Six remain in competition for city title

    Six teams remain in contention for a city league softball title in the men’s division tournament as of the end of last week.

    Three have been eliminated.

    The Hackers and DB’s Milkmen have yet to lose in the double-elimination tourney, but for one of them, that will change after Monday. Those teams, who placed one-two in the regular-season standings, face each other in a semifinal set for 7:30 p.m. at Rodriguez Park.

    The winner advances to Tuesday’s final.

  • Sheriff, commissioner in dispute

    San Miguel County Commissioner Albert Padilla, who has voted for the sheriff’s proposals during previous commission meetings, changed his tune last week.  

    In July, Sheriff Benjie Vigil gave Padilla’s son, Michael Padilla, a sheriff’s deputy, a letter of termination.

    Last week, the commission was asked to consider a proposal from the sheriff to seek state money to buy new cars. Albert Padilla was the lone commissioner to vote against Sheriff Benjie Vigil’s request.

  • Police look for robbery suspect

    Police are searching for a Las Vegas man who allegedly attacked and robbed another man last week.

    Magistrate Court has issued an arrest warrant for Joseph Garduño, 18, 614 Taos St. He is charged with robbery, aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and three counts of conspiracy.

    His uncle, Paul Garduño, 51, who is also accused in the attack, has been arrested on the same charges.

  • Letter: Just passing through this life

    On July 25, 14 years after my mother died on this date, we lost a daughter in-law to cancer, and a good friend, Cippy Gonzales, also died. They were both VIPs in my life as they would at times shed some sunshine on my path on a dark, rainy day. I know that it had been raining, but on Sunday, I was praying, crying, thinking of their smile, and their jokes, and I happened to stand below the skyline in my kitchen, when a giant drop of rain fell on my head. I took this as a sign they they were safe in our master’s arms.

  • Editorial: Disrespectful behavior

    When the press is asked to leave a meeting, there are usually legal ramifications. The state’s Open Meetings law applies, or doesn’t apply, to the question about whether the press, as the eyes and ears of the public, should be allowed access to the business of a particular meeting. We believe a Las Vegas Fiesta Council meeting should be open to the public — and, therefore, the press should be able to attend — because of the enormous amount of public funds spent on the summer fiestas. But we realize it’s a debatable point.

  • University gets 10-year accreditation

    Highlands University has received official notice of continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission’s North Central Association of Colleges and Schools following a comprehensive evaluation in 2009-10.

    The accreditation is for 10 years.

    Highlands University was first accredited by the Higher Learning Commission’s North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1926, and has retained its accreditation since then. The university was last awarded accreditation in 2000.

  • As It Is: The bunker mentality

    In the 1990s, another reporter and I were kicked out of a room where a union election was being held.

    My much older colleague told those present, “I’ve been kicked out of better places.”

    I’m always been tempted to use that line when someone is prepared to show me the door. But surprisingly, I have managed to hold my tongue.

  • County eyes new idea for wind rules

    Most of the debate about San Miguel County’s proposed law for wind farms has focused on a provision requiring a three-mile distance between wind turbines and homes.

    The industry contends such a rule would keep wind farms out of most places in the county. But wind-farm opponents argue that turbines would create nose and ruin the area’s scenic views.

    This week, however, county officials attempted to move the discussion away from the three-mile setback.