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Today's News

  • Editorial: Involve the council

    Las Vegas attorney Dave Romero had much criticism of the proposed city charter, which would essentially be the constitution for municipal government. The city is seeking public input on the document.

    The Charter Commission is proposing that the council have involvement in the hiring and firing of top officials. But Romero argues that this would be a mistake. He said the people elect mayors to get things done and that mayors need to have officials on board with their agendas. Therefore, appointment powers should rest solely with mayors, he said.

  • RMAC teams rate among best in nation

    Several of New Mexico Highlands University’s league rivals are rated among the elite teams in NCAA Division II.

    Six of the top 10 women’s soccer teams in the region hail from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. No. 1 Metro State (11-1) visits Highlands this Sunday afternoon. The others are No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, No. 4 Fort Lewis, No. 5 Regis, No. 7 Mesa State and No. 9 Colorado Christian.

  • Valley spikers go undefeated

    Thirteen middle school student-athletes from Sena, Bernal, Ribera, Gonzales Ranch, Curuco, Villanueva, San Jose and Ancon did what many thought was unthinkable this past volleyball season — going undefeated — winning 14 consecutive games for the Valley Middle School Roadrunners.

  • Ortzow, Hutchinson, Maestas shine in Jaguar Invite

    Amanda Ortzow’s 18th place individual finish was a highlight of Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational cross country meet hosted by Capital High School in Santa Fe.

    The West Las Vegas junior had a time of 21:32 in the girls’ varsity race.

    Kaitlin Hutchinson won the girls’ junior varsity race with a time of 22:22, pacing the Robertson Lady Cardinals to a fourth place team result. RHS teammate Heather Aragon joined her in the top 10 (10th, 23:54).

  • Mil Gracias

    We would like to thank Mike Melton and the Bank of Las Vegas and Keith Tucker and Community First Bank for their continued support and contributions to the staff and students of West Las Vegas Middle School.

  • Feldman won't run for mayor

    Las Vegas City Councilman Andrew Feldman said last week that he won’t run for mayor next year.

    “I feel I can be more effective as a councilor working for the betterment of Las Vegas if we get a good mayor in the 2010 election,” he said.

    Feldman said he hasn’t endorsed anyone for mayor yet.

    No one has announced for mayor so far, but several have expressed interest, including San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz, former City Councilman Louie Trujillo and former state employee Tonita Gurulé-Giron.

  • Council enacts new ethics rule

    The City Council enacted a resolution last week to establish a protocol for how the mayor and council members can communicate with bidders and contractors.

    The resolution bans governing body members from talking with bidders about negotiations or procurement of contracts. The officials can talk to the bidders about other subjects.

  • Work of Art: 'Whatever' a huge put-down

    On a recent talk show, a caller said the radio guest had “hit the nail on the head.” Wow, what perception!

    I don’t mean to appear haughty, but I find it hard — always have — to commend such a caller for profundity. “Hit the nail on the head” is a metaphor meaning that what the guest said was absolutely correct. Up to that time, I’d never met-a-phor I didn’t like.

    How is it possible to comment further without carting out the vitriol and sarcasm? I’ll try.

  • Local dancers take their moves to Caribbean

    Ten local dancers got to show off their moves far away from the Meadow City.

    In August, the dancers between the ages of 12 and 15 attended a weeklong global dance conference in Kingston, Jamaica. Sponsored by Dance and the Child International and hosted jointly by the University of the West Indies and Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the conference was open to dancers and dance companies.

    The dancers are members of the Las Vegas Children’s Dance Theater under the direction of Kathleen Kingsley.

  • Editorial: Tasers not the sheriff's call

    For months, the San Miguel County Commission has been considering whether the Sheriff’s Department should use Tasers.

    Last week, the commission held a public hearing on the electroshock weapon. Sheriff Benjie Vigil invited several other sheriffs; speaking for them was the director of the New Mexico Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, Jim Burleson.

    Burleson’s message was simple: The sheriff should decide whether to use Tasers, not the County Commission.