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Today's News

  • Barn dance to help local organization

    It’s time to kick up your heels at the annual Ride to Pride barn dance set for Friday Oct. 16, at the Night Owl.

    Organizers are pumped up about the benefit dinner, dance and auction, which will feature a Western theme that includes a chuck-wagon dinner catered by Lee Daniels, a theater performance, a barn dance with live music by The Bill Hearne Trio, and a silent and live auction with many items.  

  • Builder: School will last long time

    Jim Franken, whose family’s company built Sierra Vista Elementary School two decades ago, disagrees that it should be on any list for demolition.

    “It sounds like they’re going to burn the house down to get rid of the rats,” Franken said of talk that Sierra Vista needs replacement. “Tearing it down to build a new school is ridiculous.”

  • Letter: City protects itself from its citizens?

    I attended a neighborhood meeting recently. At that meeting, those in attendance expressed thoughts, ideas and concerns. City Manager Tim Dodge spoke to us about his appreciation for how passionate we are and how much we love our city. He spoke of a master plan for the city, which, in a nutshell, consists of listening to needs and providing the community with sufficient services.

  • On the road again for Vegas teams

    The challenging schedule continues for the Robertson High football team, which visits Ruidoso on Friday night.

    Ruidoso (2-2) has played a pretty tough schedule of its own. Coach Kief Johnson’s Warriors own wins over Roswell (18-6) and Hot Springs (27-13), with losses to Socorro (47-20) and Hatch Valley (27-16, last week in Hatch). None of the teams is a lightweight; Roswell is out of Class 4A, and the other three are typically in the Class 3A state playoff mix.

  • Letter: President’s 'charge' is really a tax

    The proposed health care “charge” of up to $3,800 to be imposed on individuals who refuse to obtain health insurance is indeed a tax. It is clearly (and correctly) labeled an “Excise Tax” in the Senate’s version of the healthcare plan under consideration.  Further, dictionaries and basic economic textbooks all define a tax as a compulsory contribution or charge imposed or levied by authority upon persons or property for public purposes or good.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... A DELAYED BUT GOOD REACTION. The charges against San Miguel County sheriff’s Deputy Inez Bolivar are serious. She is accused of breaking into a house and beating up a man while wearing her uniform and carrying her gun.

    At first Sheriff Benjie Vigil put her on paid administrative leave, then allowed her to keep her squad car at her house. But a few days passed and stronger disciplinary action was taken —Bolivar was dismissed from the force. In our judgment, that was a wise move.

  • City grapples with tax issue

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    In the summer, a high-profile Albuquerque boxing promoter was quickly approved for city money to help advertise a local event.

    It’s not so easy for others.

    Kenny Zamora, owner of the Santa Fe Trail Events Center, has been trying for years to get city lodgers tax funds to help him advertise his annual roping events that he contends bring in upwards of 1,500 participants and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the community.

  • Vegas to get major conference

    The Las Vegas Board of Realtors has announced that the state meeting of the Real Estate Association of New Mexico will be holding its spring 2011 meeting in Las Vegas. It's the first time the state meeting will be held in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas was selected because of an increase in its motel room count and its expanded ability to host a large group in one meeting room. Association members said Las Vegas is surrounded by beauty and history, and they look forward to having the conference here.

  • Letter: Misunderstanding regarding expenses

    This letter is in reference to a benefit Poker Run scheduled for Saturday. There has been a misunderstanding. All funeral expenses have  been met for Danny Garcia by the insurance. I greatly apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and would like to thank everyone for their prayers for me and my family.

    Debra Archuleta

    Las Vegas

    Editor’s note: Archuleta is Danny    Garcia’s mother.

     

  • HU looking to buy nearby properties

    Highlands University may buy properties near campus, including some next to the new dorms, where residents have complained about noise and other problems.

    At a meeting last month, the Board of Regents approved the purchase of two properties. One was at 1004 Mora Ave., which is surrounded by the new dorms and is known as “The Little Green House.” The other was a small piece of land next to what will become the new student center on Columbia Avenue.