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Today's News

  • Officials eye hiring in-house attorney

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wanted to avoid a discussion Wednesday on whether to have an in-house attorney at City Hall.

    The debate happened anyway.

    Near the end of a four-hour meeting, council members Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore brought up the issue, saying the city could save money by having an in-house attorney, rather than contracting out for such services.

    Last week, the two council members requested the issue be placed on the council’s meeting agenda, but the mayor turned them down.

  • School officials say: Don't cut funding

    Area school superintendents are pleading with local lawmakers to hold their districts harmless when they strike the budget ax.

    But a state senator painted a grim picture, saying the budget shortfall may be even greater than previously estimated.

    Gov. Bill Richardson said he will call the Legislature into special session starting next Saturday to deal with the budget shortfall caused by the national recession.

    During a public meeting last week to discuss the state government’s budget crisis, area legislators got an earful — and then some.

  • Cowboys search for elusive win

    It’s been a trying season in Cowboy country, as New Mexico Highlands University’s football team continues to seek victory six games into the schedule.

    Unfortunately for Highlands fans, wins appear difficult to come by in the immediate future. Nebraska-Kearney, this coming Saturday’s opponent, and Colorado State-Pueblo are two of the better teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. UNK is 5-1, 4-0 RMAC. CSUP is 3-3, 2-2.

    The Cowboys have averaged 10.2 points a game while allowing 45.5, accumulating 210.2 yards of offense to 415 for the opposition.

  • Swine flu hits Las Vegas

    The Las Vegas City Schools has at least two students with swine flu, while the West Las Vegas district has none so far, officials said.

    On Monday, 13 percent of students in the City Schools were absent  — or 266 of the 1,950 enrolled. At West, 3 percent of students — 52 of 1,658 — were no-shows.

  • Lopers looming large

    Tough competition on the gridiron awaits all three local teams.

    New Mexico Highlands plays the current No. 1 team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference — Nebraska-Kearney — on Saturday, looking for what would be a monumental upset.

    The visiting Lopers are 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the RMAC, tied with Colorado School of Mines for the top spot. And they are the 21st ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    NMHU is 0-6 and 0-4 in league play after falling 51-7 at defending RMAC champ Chadron State.

    Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.

  • Letter: Homecoming spirit was impressive

    If Robertson High School’s 2009 Homecoming is any indication of what the school year is going to be like, we are in for a great year!

  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

    Friday night scores: No. 1 Raton 26, Robertson 9... Pojoaque 28, West Las Vegas 18. See Monday print edition for details...

  • Santa Fe Opera reconsiders decision on drilling in Vegas Basin

    The Santa Fe Opera is revisiting its decision to lease nearly 27,000 acres shared mineral rights to drill in the Las Vegas Basin.

    The move comes after an outcry by environmentalists, activists and others in the area. They say that oil and gas activity could hurt the environment.

    Charles MacKay, director of the Santa Fe Opera, said that he had signed the lease without first examining all of the implications.

  • Nature shows us what to plant

    Gardeners and even farmers often approach their planting from an egocentric rather than a land-based view. That is to say, they often plant what they like and try to find a way to make their chosen plants thrive. That's challenging, and all too often unsuccessful.

    There are others who simply grow the traditional crops that have grown here forever. There's nothing wrong with that, but there is a third way, which opens up the possibility of cultivating non-traditional crops predisposed to do well on your land.

  • Official not sure there's an emergency

    State Engineer John D'Antonio said he has yet to be convinced that residents southwest of Las Vegas are suffering a water emergency.

    But D’Antonio, the state’s top water official, said his agency continues to investigate the situation.

    In recent weeks, residents in the Ojitos Frios area have reported that 16 wells have gone dry, a number that is now down to 13. They have blamed the city’s increased pumping at Taylor Wells, which supplements the municipal system’s main water source, the Gallinas River.