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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    HELP FROM A VETERAN MANAGER. County Manager Les Montoya has offered to help the city get through its current period of instability. That’s good news, especially since the city is without a manager and three department heads.

    Montoya was city manager throughout much of the 1990s and has served as county manager for the last decade, building a great track record. Any assistance he can provide the city government will benefit the community as a whole.

  • Woman turns trash to cash

    Corilia Ortega learned about conservation from her parents at an early age growing up in northern New Mexico and is now on a mission to bring that awareness to her peers and help others in a distant land at the same time.

    Ortega has traveled to Nicaragua the last couple of years with a group from Highlands University for a Spanish language immersion program at Casa Xalteva, a school for international students that doubles as an orphanage.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    Thank you for sharing the partnership information about the West Las Vegas High School Website Design Class, NMDOH, Mora and Guadalupe County Health Councils with Mr. Don Pace.

    The article Mr. Pace wrote gave the community a clear picture of the students’ ability and willingness to provide services to the two health councils by creating their websites. Your efforts in expressing your interest in this partnership were greatly appreciated.

  • LETTER: USA is standing against God

    Shuck and jive: Everybody happy? Change, in your pocket! War, war, war and more. New wars. Same old, same old. Ah, but we’ve finally got it all figured out: Progressive, liberal politics plus science, plus (the new god) technology; add a kick of neo-con to ensure the world that we, the USA, mean business! Who has their military in multiple nations, wars, and who knows what, while our ports and borders are porous sieves (not the leakage of Mexican workers; they are the false target of America’s hypocrisy). We meddle in everybody’s business but our own.

  • Hopefuls seek posts as Luna trustees

    Two of three incumbents whose terms on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees are up for election in March are running again.

    In the Las Vegas-based District 2, incumbent Tony Valdez, a district attorney’s office detective who was appointed by the other trustees to fill an unexpected vacancy a couple of years ago, is facing Marsha Archuleta and Tommy Ortiz.

    In the Santa Rosa-based District 4, incumbent Kenneth Flores will run against Frankie Tenorio.

    However, in Springer-based District 6, incumbent Don Shaw has chosen not to run for re-election.

  • COLUMN: 'He kept us safe'

    This morning, just five days before the inauguration of a new president, I had a detailed conversation with my grandson and namesake.

    I mentioned, in all sincerity, that Bush had ended the year on a positive note. “He demonstrated remarkable leadership, was strong, was quick to make the right decisions, acted courageously and, in the final distillation, made a lot of people happy.”

  • City responds to Plaza suggestions

    The city plans to take action on recommendations from a citizens advisory committee studying issues related to Plaza events and filmmaking.

    The committee, which presented its recommendations a couple of months ago, had asked the city to provide public restrooms for Plaza Park and a permanent bandstand attached to the gazebo.

    Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, told the City Council last week that the city can include those two projects in the annual infrastructure capital improvements plan.

  • COLUMN: Divorce doesn't go through

    SANTA FE — I’ve told this one before but it is even more appropriate now. It illustrates how politics works, anywhere, at the most basic level.

    It was 1994. Gov. Bruce King was running for a second consecutive term. Lt. Gov. Casey Luna had left the fold. Patricia Madrid and Diane Denish were the leading contenders to replace Luna.

    On primary election night, Democrats met at the Hilton Inn, by the Big I, in Albuquerque. Much of the interest centered on the close race for lieutenant governor. Both candidates had big hospitality rooms.

  • City may create charter panel

    For months, Las Vegas resident Alex Aragon has been pleading with the City Council to form a commission to review and suggest changes to the city’s charter, which serves as Las Vegas’ constitution.

    Aragon contends the charter is outdated, noting that it was drafted nearly four decades ago as part of the combination of the two Las Vegases.

  • Woman says fianc had seatbelt on

    The fiancée of a man who died after a car accident on Sunday says she wants all the facts to come in before it is determined he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    Andalicia Casaus, the fiancée of Daniel Garcia Jr., 22, said her fiancé always wore a seatbelt and that she wanted state police to complete their investigation before any conclusions are made.

    State police said earlier this week that Garcia wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and that the victim was ejected from the car.