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Today's News

  • State hospital's second in command dies at 60

    Anthony Martinez, the second in command at the state hospital, died last week. He was 60.

    Martinez, a Tucumcari native, died from complications of H1N1 flu, said Troy Jones, administrator of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Martinez, who died Nov. 25, started with the hospital in 2001 and became clinical director the next year.

  • West debates use of volunteers

    Some West Las Vegas school board members argue that volunteers are needed for athletic programs, while others worry that they have become too influential and overbearing.

    The board members debated the issue before they approved the athletic department’s handbook at a recent meeting.

    Chairwoman Christine Ludi said she was hearing from parents that they were being excluded from volunteering their time.

    “For us to say you’re not worthy enough to volunteer to help with our athletic programs or in the classroom is ridiculous,” Ludi said.

  • Hometown Heroes: Teacher says she learns from students

    Carmen Baca teaches both American and British literature at West Las Vegas High School. And she has a clear favorite between the two.

    “British literature. I’m more comfortable with it. I don’t know why,” she said. “American literature is dry.”

    A Las Vegas native, Baca has spent her entire 32-year teaching career in the West district. She spent her first six years at Valley Junior High, but she moved on to the high school in 1983.

  • City eyes housing needs

    The city has been talking with developers about the possibility of building new public housing, officials said last week.

    But they said no company will get any kind of advantage in the process.

    Three years ago, the city demolished the housing at the old public development along Mills Avenue. Officials have long planned to replace that housing.  

  • Council rejects proposed charter

    The Charter Commission, which has been drafting a new constitution for the city of Las Vegas, has been getting mixed messages from the City Council.

    Everyone involved in the drafting of the charter agrees on one thing: Winners of mayoral and council races must have the support of a majority of voters.

    But they part ways over how to make this happen.

    Last month, the council voted 2-1 in favor of instant runoffs, in which voters rank candidates in a single election. That results in a candidate with a majority, the idea’s supporters contend.

  • Lady Cards' Harge signs with NMHU

    A top Lady Cardinal is going to be a Cowgirl.

    New Mexico Highlands volleyball coach Jim Deisler this week announced the early signing of Robertson senior Jazmine Harge for the 2010 team.

    Harge played a major role in Robertson’s successful 2009 season that culminated in a state semifinals appearance.

  • Big 'O' for Cowboys

    For the third outing in a row, New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball rocketed over the 100-point threshold on Monday night in a 109-61 blowout of NAIA school University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

    Notably, the three games took place within a four-day span. Monday’s win followed a pair of victories in the Cowboys’ own NMHU Thanksgiving Classic that also saw them generate big offense. Highlands routed Jarvis Christian 106-75 on Nov. 27, then beat a solid Angelo State squad 109-100 the following night.

  • To the Point: Consolidation inadequate

    The flames of the local public school consolidation fires will be fanned by the latest front-page revelations of fiscal mismanagement, inattentive governance and incompetent leadership in the local school systems.  

    These continue a cycle of previous front-page revelations of cheating, stealing, assaults, sexual predation(s) and other underachievements of our educational organizations.  

  • Mil Gracias letter

    This from a canine perspective:

    Hello to the fantastic city of Las Vegas and to those of you in the surrounding areas as well! My tail hasn’t stopped wagging since the Sweetie Pie Initiative, named after me of course, held it’s Halloween Carnival. I would like to give four paws up to the anything-but-bare-bones support we received.  

    Thanks to you, many dogs and cats will be spayed and neutered and live happier, healthier lives! We sniffed all over town for support and we found it, right under our noses.

  • Editorial: A divisive decision

    As further evidence of just how divided Las Vegas is, let us turn our attention to the recent decision by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce to let go of Vince Howell, who was serving as marketing coordinator. Last month, Howell’s $32,000 annual contract was ended because, according to chamber President Matt Martinez, is was too pricey.

    That was a weak excuse for a bad decision that only takes Las Vegas further down the road to self-destruction. This town is already a rough place to do business, and the chamber’s action only makes it worse.