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Today's News

  • DULCEY AMARGO: Discarding shoulda bags

    Like many women (and often, these days, men), I carry a shoulder bag almost everywhere I go. Back in the ‘60s it was a handbag, but through the years it has gained in volume and capacity. In an earlier column, I referred to the convenience or perhaps vanity of “being prepared” for any eventuality with the contents of my purse. There’s been a slight change of perspective recently.

  • LETTER: Looking for a lost brother

    I am the sister of Richard Osgood, who my husband wrote to you about earlier.  I am so upset over missing my brother that I don’t know what to do. I am grateful to my husband for contacting you because I never would have thought of that. We have had to come up with some creative ideas, since we have had little luck getting the police to react to our situation. Pray that a loved one of yours is never a “missing person.”

  • Utilities are top heavy, Moore says

    Councilwoman Diane Moore said the city’s utilities department is becoming top heavy, asking the city to do more for its lower-level employees.

    The city recently added the position of customer service manager for the utilities department, and Utilities Director Ken Garcia on Wednesday asked for another new position, water resources manager, who would seek new water sources.

    “It would be nice if some of the efforts would be for the field staff,” Moore said during a council meeting.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman agreed.

  • SENIOR PROFILE: Bee-man, biker and ‘professional Girl Scout’

    Perhaps you’ve sighted Bill Oshima on his 1973 Raleigh (once called the Cadillac of Bicycles) as he pedals toward the recreation center for a yoga workout; maybe you spotted him hiking the river trail to El Sombrero or to the bank at SECU. You might have done a double take as he pops out of his back yard wearing a bee mask or wields his push-mower and vanquishes the growth in his yard on Lincoln Avenue.

  • RMAC soccer: Metro team to beat

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  —  Like their namesake from the old Saturday morning cartoons, the Metro State Roadrunners are used to outwitting even the wiliest of foes.

    A preseason coaches’ poll predicts Metro State as a league favorite in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer. Should the Denver-based school live up to that billing, it would be an eighth straight RMAC women’s soccer championship.

  • Vatos back in business after solid 2008-09

    The Vegas Area Touring Side managed to finish 12-5 and earn a fifth-place ranking among the 42 teams in its division in 2008-09. The team made it to regional playoffs in Wichita, Kans., this past spring and put up a respectable showing.

    And still, these Vatos of New Mexico Highlands University are seeking new blood.

  • UNK favorite in RMAC volleyball

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  — The University of Nebraska at Kearney is predicted to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference East Division and regular season titles in volleyball according to the league’s preseason coaches’ poll.

    The Lopers, who are the five-time defending RMAC regular season champions, are led by Preseason Player of the Year Jeri Walkowiak (Grand Island, Neb.) and Preseason Setter of the Year Cola Svec (Elkhorn, Neb.).

  • Ex-West official gets probation

    SANTA FE — A judge has sentenced the former bilingual coordinator for the West Las Vegas schools to three years on probation and ordered her to repay $13,856 in bilingual education funds to the district.

    State District Judge Stephen Pfeffer on Monday sentenced 48-year-old Roberta Vigil, who was convicted in May of fraud over $2,500 and conspiracy to commit fraud over $2,500.

    Vigil is the wife of state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera.

  • EDITORIAL: Keep the public option

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s public meeting this week in Santa Fe didn’t turn out like the other town hall meetings we’ve been hearing about across the country. Absent were the loud protests by those opposed to the Obama administration’s health-care plan. One reason, more than likely, is that organizers of the event took written questions instead of letting citizens shout out their questions and concerns from the floor. Smart move, since those who are so aggressively against President Obama’s plan have become a bullying, not-so-silent minority.

  • WORK OF ART: Asleep during grammar class

    Several of us were chatting about what we learned in elementary school, and most agreed the subject that caused the most difficulty was grammar.

    My wife and I visited with a new acquaintance, Meggie, at a staff party Saturday. I made the point — with as much veracity as I could muster — that I had slept through most grammar classes during my years at Immaculate Conception School.

    But years later, what I dozed through came back when I needed it. It gives credence to those learn-in-your-sleep foreign language lessons, which don’t work for me.