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Today's News

  • Senior Profile: We 'hear' you loud and clear

    A generalization holds that one learns by interacting with others -- listening, speaking, reading, but what if one cannot hear? We might conclude that being unable to use one of these modalities would result in a disability.

    Not necessarily.

    Take Las Vegas’ Clarence and Faye Falvey. They stress that deafness or being hard-of-hearing is not a handicap, but rather -- a difference. Both were born into hearing and speaking families.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A VISIT FROM A HERO. It’s not every day that Las Vegas gets an up-close look at one of the major participants in American history. On Sunday, Minnijean Brown-Trickey spoke at the United World College about her experiences as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the black students who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 under the protection of federal troops.

  • RHS teams sweep St. Mike's

    Say this about Josh Brito — the kid’s not afraid to take the big shot with the game on the line.

    Brito unleashed a running — almost diving — floater from the free-throw line Saturday night as time expired, and the basket broke a tie to give the Robertson Cardinals a 65-63 victory over District 2-3A nemesis St. Michael’s.

    To no one’s surprise, the game was a barn-burner, fitting a matchup between the third-ranked Horsemen and fifth-rated Cardinals.

  • Dons get first district victory

    Maybe these Dons are starting to put things together.

    Raton’s Derrick Valdez had just swished a three-pointer to cut West Las Vegas’ lead to 44-41 with 20 seconds remaining in Saturday’s District 2-3A boys’ basketball contest at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Four seconds later, Ambrosio Castellano gave West some breathing room. He drew a foul and hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game.

  • Letter: Always-leashed dogs a problem

    I recently had the opportunity to revisit Las Vegas and my wife and I got to spend 10 really nice days visiting friends who live in town. I again found many of the residents that I encountered to be friendly and welcoming.

    Since we drove out to New Mexico from Florida, I was able to take my beagle Izzy with us on the trip. I had many walks with her through town and was able to see many side streets not normally seen by tourists. What I saw in many instances disturbed me.

  • Co-op project means fewer outages

    A power-line project in Mora County is expected to reduce the number of outages in that area, an official says.

    But some say that the new lines will hurt the area’s scenery.

    Abran Romero, general manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, said the utility plans to start putting up the poles in mid-April from La Cueva to Mora.

  • The Wright stuff

    For the second time in as many weeks, New Mexico Highlands 125-pounder Seth Wright conquered the No. 1 wrestler in the nation in his weight class.

    This week’s upset came Thursday night in a 5-0 shutout of Tommy Edgmon of Fort Hays State. Wright’s win was one of just two for the Cowboys that night, as NMHU hosted its long-awaited first home event of the season but lost 31-9.

    Wright took a 2-0 edge to the final period but doubled it and frustrated Edgmon with his defense and quickness.

  • Letter: Carrying a gun ruined two lives

    This is for our kids in Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and for all who had any connection with Benito Lemos.

    I know that Benito Lemos’ death affected a lot of you, for whatever reason. Thank you for your support. I was impressed with the fact that there was so many people in his services.

    No church could contain the people, so they had to have it in the Robertson gym and even there it was standing room only.

  • County hears road dispute

    Daniel Garcia says his family has owned a portion of a road in the Valley for generations. But more than a quarter century ago, the county put it on its road log.

    Now, the family wants to take it back — a proposal some nearby residents oppose.

    On Friday, the San Miguel County Commission again heard the case for the abandonment of about a mile of B41-E. The road is near El Pueblo.

  • As It Is: An unnecessary hurdle

    Local government entities say they hire people based on qualifications, not connections. I hope that’s true.

    Both the Las Vegas City Council and the San Miguel County Commission vote on all people hired in their respective entities. Since I started covering both more than five years ago, they have approved every person recommended for hire but one.

    Three years ago, then-Commission Chairman Hugh Ley voted against the employment of the son of then-Commissioner, Kenneth Medina. Ley said he did so because he didn’t want to hire the relatives of commissioners.