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Today's News

  • Letter: APS is negligent in its inaction

    It is not an anonymous “System Failure” which has put the health and safety of Ms. [Gordy] Thatcher and Las Vegas residents in jeopardy. It is plain and simple neglect by Adult Protective Services Division of the New Mexico Department of Health. As stated, Ms. Thatcher is a functionally disabled person, but she is also a client of APS. As such, APS has statutory and regulatory responsibilities for the protection of Ms. Thatcher’s health and safety.

  • Letter: Thanks for patrols of handicap spaces

    I would like to thank our police officers for all that they do for us — but especially to the officer who patrols Wal-Mart and makes sure that the people who are truly handicapped have a parking spot close to the entrances. He has been a true blessing for us and I want to acknowledge him with appreciation for that. I see many young people who drive up and jump out of their cars or trucks clearly showing that they are not disabled in any way —that goes for some women too.

  • COLUMN: Losing, finishing and winning

    Way back in the 1970s, when I was in my early 20s, I coached a basketball team in an inner-city league in Nashville, Tenn. Inspired by “The White Shadow” television show at the time, the teenagers on my team named themselves the Shadows because I was the only white coach in the league. In fact, I was the only white person in the league, but that’s another story entirely.

  • Money for boxing event still at issue

    The city is seeking an opinion from its attorney on the legality of giving $15,000 to help a private boxing promoter advertise an event on Aug. 28.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge requested the opinion from City Attorney Carlos Quiñones. This was done at the prompting of City Councilwoman Diane Moore, the only council member who opposed giving the money.

  • District head opposes dress code

    If Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero had his way, the district wouldn’t have its dress code.

    Superintendent Rick Romero, the Las Vegas City Schools board, and teachers and staff had a candid discussion on the district’s dress code at last week’s school board meeting.

    Romero told the board that he has received requests from parents that the dress code at elementary schools be done away with or revised.

  • Guard leader: Deployment numbers dip

    Major Gen. Kenny Montoya of the New Mexico National Guard told the audience at the 2009 Employer Appreciation Day luncheon last week that New Mexico soldiers are as busy as ever around the state. He also said fewer men and women from the state are being sent to Iraq.

    Montoya said a year ago, about 1,000 area troops were in combat. Now, there are 550 New Mexicans deployed.

  • Baby dies in crash

    A baby perished in a car accident on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The baby’s parents are Mike and Emily Stewart of Colorado Springs, state police said. The baby’s name wasn’t immediately available.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said the family was headed north on the highway during a rainstorm when their car hydroplaned off the road and into some trees around 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Mike Stewart and two of his sons escaped without serious injuries, while Emily Stewart suffered extensive leg injuries, Martin said.

  • Letter: Postmaster Ellis does a great job

    I’m writing to show support for the great job Alberta Ellis has done at the post office. On several occasions Ms. Ellis has gone above and beyond in taking care of mine and my family’s needs when problems arise. I can’t imagine how stressful and time-consuming the job can be, not to mention unglorified. She is the person behind the scenes doing her best to deliver to all the people of Las Vegas.

  • City government changes urged

    A panel is recommending major changes to the way the city government operates, including strict ethics rules and curbs on the mayor’s and City Council’s powers.

    Starting Monday, the city Charter Commission will be holding weekly public hearings in each of the city’s wards on a proposed new charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution. The current charter took effect four decades ago, when the two Las Vegases united.

  • Mora fiesta parade attracts hundreds, plenty of politicians

    Mora’s main drag was packed with motorists and people as the town held its annual fiesta over the weekend.

    On Saturday morning, hundreds came out to see the fiesta parade, which started on the south side of town.

    This year’s fiesta queen, Frankie Lee Trujillo, daughter of Rosalie and Ernesto Trujillo of Chacon, was near the beginning of the parade. She is a junior at Mora High School and plans to go college after graduation.