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Today's News

  • Mil Gracias letter

    Colfax County hosted the 2009 Northeast 4-H shooting sports contest on June 16 at the Whittington NRA center in Raton. The objectives were to assist 4-H members to learn and practice the rules of rifle safety, sportsmanship and accuracy with firearms. The county teams consist of three or four members. The event starts with a written examination for a maximum of 50 points. The shooting match has a maximum of 300 points. The written exam will account for 25 percent and the marksmanship counts for 75 percent. Targets are used at the 50-foot range.

  • Police catch fugitives

    Las Vegas police arrested two men last week who are accused of sexually assaulting a couple of teenage girls in Nebraska.

    The two 24-year-olds were wanted on charges of first-degree sexual assault. They allegedly tied up a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old for several days and sexually assaulted them.

    Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said Nebraska authorities had put out an alert for the two men. And just a few days before they men showed up in Las Vegas, they had fled from state police in Kansas.

  • Mobile home a target of protest

    The city has approved a doublewide mobile home for a lot on Calle Bonita, but some residents are objecting to that decision.

    Some years ago, a house burned down at 2403 Calle Bonita, and the lot has been vacant since then. On July 11, the city approved a permit for the trailer, signed by an employee in the community development department.

    However, Porfirio Campos, who lives next door, told the City Council last week that he and other residents object to the inclusion of a mobile home. He said they would have been more comfortable with a modular.

  • Letter: Money shouldn’t go to a promoter

    Do you find it hard to believe that our city fathers are proposing to give $15,000 of our money to the promoters of a female boxing match? Given the past record of our City Council, nothing is too surprising. Apparently the only barrier to this giveaway is concern about a possible violation of New Mexico anti-donation laws.

    What concerns me more is that the city will be giving our money to a personal sports promoter. If this match is such a great thing, it should be able to pay for itself.

  • Dave's Drive-in: ‘Major League’ drives home fun

    The timeless appeal of America’s pastime has long fascinated filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Some baseball movies have been serious, like “Pride of the Yankees,” which took on Lou Gehrig’s story and his tearful departure after being diagnosed with the disease that now bears his name. Others have played up the romance and fantasy of the game, as in “Field of Dreams.” And then there’s the rollicking good times of a film like “Major League” and its sequels.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: A decorated student

    Keith Salazar is considered the most decorated student that has passed through the halls of West Las Vegas Middle School.

    He won two national titles, was a national finalist in four events, earned 10 state championships and has four state runner-ups to his credit. But he said three years ago, he wanted nothing to do with Business Professionals of America.

    “I did not want to join it. I didn’t want to come to school dressed in a business suit. I didn’t want anything to do with it,” Salazar said.

  • Column: From the mailbag

    The columns I most enjoy writing are those that include reader comments. A few recent columns have generated some reaction and response, some of which appear here.

    People reacted to last week’s column on menudo and squash. I’m happy to say that most of the comments agree with my stance that I’d request neither item as my last meal. What would be preferable? That’s easy. Cocoa Puffs smothered in Velveeta Cheese.

    But on a slightly more serious note, a large combination plate like my neighbor, Carmen Vigil, used to make, would be fine.

  • Science & steel

    After cracking the top five in the National Physique Committee’s Austin Nationals this month, Larry Gonzales opted out of his usual meal — boneless, skinless boiled chicken breasts — and treated himself to not one, but two slices of cheesecake.

  • City says it’s acting on parking issue

    Residents near Robertson High School again urged officials to crack down on students parking in their neighborhood.

    Las Vegas City Schools officials say they have plenty of parking at the high school and that no one needs to be parking on the street. They have called on the city to restrict student parking on nearby streets.

    City officials say they now have signs ordered to take care of the issue.

  • Column: A public plan to fail

    Our country is embroiled, on a federal level, with the health care reform debate. One of the opening salvos came in the form of President Obama declaring that any talk of single-payer health coverage is “off the table.” Oddly, nobody has questioned how single payer got “off the table.” I am guessing it didn’t jump off the table of its own accord. I would lay serious money on the likelihood that the health insurance lobby leaned on Obama and others to push it off the table.