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Today's News

  • City to give money for shelter

    The local group providing shelter for the homeless will get some help from the city.

    Last week, the City Council voted unanimously to give $10,000 to Samaritan House while officials work with the group on a long-term solution.

    Earlier in the year, Mayor Tony Marquez had appointed council members Andrew Feldman and Morris Madrid to a homelessness task force. Madrid noted that he hadn’t done a “lick of work” on the task force and asked that Feldman, who has been involved in the process, to make the motion for the funding. Feldman did just that.

  • Woman has baby on Interstate 25

    Las Vegan Patrick Gallegos was speeding 95 mph on the highway early Saturday morning. And a state police officer was chasing him.

    But he said he had a good reason for going so fast: His wife, Candelaria, was having a baby.

    The two of them had gone to Albuquerque on Friday to shop for Christmas presents. “My wife was walking around a lot that day,” he said.

    They returned to Las Vegas around 11 p.m. and three hours later, Candelaria started having contractions.

  • Panel OKs 46-lot plan

    A city panel has given its preliminary approval of a housing development just north of Las Vegas, one that would exclude mobile homes and regulate architectural styles.

    Now the proposal will go to the City Council.

    This week, the city Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a 46-lot subdivision with lots ranging from three-fourths of an acre to 10 acres.

    The commission discussed the proposal during two meetings over the last couple of months.

  • As It Is: A double standard

    In 2008, we reported that Pete Campos entered a five-year contract with the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. But we never actually saw the document.

    In November, I issued a public records request for the four-page contract. I received it last week. And I got a bit of a workout in the process.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... POOR COMMUNICATION. The manner in which the East and West school districts announced Thursday’s school cancelations because of the snow was pathetic. At first, the announcement on the radio was that the schools were on a two-hour delay; then word that the entire school day was canceled got out about two hours later — even though it was clear around sunrise that a full snowday would need to be taken.

  • Brian Gallegos tourney under way

    The labor of love that is the annual Brian Gallegos Memorial Tournament is taking center stage at Mike Marr Gymnasium this weekend.

  • Crespin, Sanchez battle to a draw

    In one of the evening’s most competitive bouts, Las Vegas professional boxer Amanda Crespin fought to a four-round draw with Jessica Sanchez on Friday night at Isleta Casino and Resort.

    Three judges scored the fight an identical 38-38. That moved Crespin’s pro record to 0-1-1; she made her debut in August before a hometown crowd. Sanchez, a boxer from Albuquerque, is 1-1-2.

  • Letter: Wishes for the holiday season

    As we begin the holidays this season, we should all laugh a little, sing a little, as we go our way. Work a little, play a little, as we do this everyday!

    Give a little, take a little, never mind a frown. Make your smile a welcomed thing, all around the town!

    Laugh a little, love a little, skies are always blue! Every cloud has silver lining, but it’s up to you.

    Always remember this thought: The driver is safer when the roads are dry, the roads are safer when the driver is dry. Please be safe and don’t drink and drive.

  • City works to replace damaged rollout containers

    The city is expecting to have more reports of damaged rollout containers in the coming years.

    That’s because many of the rollouts have been around nine years, and their life expectancy is six.

    “With time, they get frail,” said Alvin Jiron, manager of the city’s solid waste department. “The lids break off; that’s the first thing to go.”

    A couple of weeks ago, the city received a shipment of 100 new containers. By Monday, 30 had already been sent to households needing them.

  • Highlands hoopsters swept in Nebraska

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s two Nebraska schools served up a wholesome helping of humble pie, Midwest-style, to visitors from New Mexico Highlands over the weekend.

    On Friday, Nebraska-Kearney swept a doubleheader by beating the Highlands men 101-90 and the women 86-74, ending winning streaks for both teams.

    Saturday night, Chadron State defeated NMHU’s men 104-87 and the women 71-59.

    The Cowboys (5-3, 0-2 RMAC) and Cowgirls (3-2, 0-2) look to regroup with a league matchup against Colorado Christian Friday night at the Wilson Complex.