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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Keeping It Simple: The Rail Runner Express

    How long do you think it will take for the Rail Runner to serve Northern New Mexico? This is the question I asked Gov. Bill Richardson, after I visited the Rail Runner when it came to Raton and Las Vegas in July.

    In my opinion, one of the governor’s greatest accomplishments has been the Rail Runner. My understanding is that the original plan was to have the train go all the way to Raton. When the train visited in Las Vegas, I learned that New Mexico has purchased the rail line from BNSF.

  • Editorial: Quinones needs to go

    There are a number of reasons why the Las Vegas mayor and City Council should hire an in-house city attorney — not the least of which is that the city’s interests are not being served by the interim city attorney.

    However, Mayor Tony Marquez is well served by the current situation, and that’s why he rejected without a public explanation a request by councilors Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore to place the matter on the council’s agenda for today’s meeting.

  • Hometown Heroes: School comes first for young musician

    Las Vegan Savannah Lujan has won many music awards and has taken part in pageants. But her parents say school comes first.

    The West Las Vegas Middle School seventh-grader won the Youth Artist of the Year and Youth Song of the Year at the 2008 New Mexico Hispanic Music Awards.

    Her parents, John and Paula, said she remains grounded.

    “During the school year, her mommy and I want Savannah to concentrate on her school work and school activities. We just want her to be a little girl — the music will always be there,” John said.

  • Work of Art: A two-bit effort

    One can almost see and hear them now: Louella, Patsy, Angela, Louise, Dolores and Julie leading a cheer. These cheerleaders for Immaculate Conception School went through the motions as they shouted:

    “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for the Colts, stand up and holler.” They chanted that way back in the ‘50s.

  • Ex-UWC student pleads to sex assault

    A former United World College student who recently pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting another is now going to college in Massachusetts.

    Tabias O. Wilson, 19, was accused of one count of criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony.

    In a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Wilson will be on probation for three years. He will not be deemed convicted of the crime if he follows the terms of the agreement. He will not be listed as a sex offender.

  • Girl reported missing

    Kassandra Herrera, 15, a ninth-grader at Robertson High School, has been reported missing.

    Her mother, Ramona Herrera, said she was last seen when she left her off at Robertson at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

    Herrera is five feet, six inches, 189 pounds, and has black hair with blond streaks, and brown eyes.

    To provide information on her whereabouts, call the Police Department at 425-7504 or Ramona Herrera at 718-8209.

  • Editorial: West's good idea

    When Saturday detention is discussed, the movie, “Breakfast Club,” comes to mind. The characters in that movie got into some mischief when the teacher left, but they found they had much in common, even though they hailed from different cliques at the school.

    We hope that teachers will have more control at the planned Saturday school at West Las Vegas Middle School. The school board recently approved this idea; we credit West for moving forward with this.

  • Letter: Why not Medicare for everyone?

    My experience of Medicare corresponds to that of Glenn Yocum (Sept. 11 letter) and Jim Peters (Sept. 21 letter). Medicare is a government-run health care insurance program that works well for a substantial portion of the population. Why not extend it to everyone? That is the intention of Congressman John Conyers’ bill (HR 676), which is supported by Congressman Ben Ray Luján, for which we are grateful.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cards, Dons both victorious

    Fortune smiled down on the Meadow City’s high school football teams over the weekend. The college team, meanwhile, is still waiting for a break.

    Robertson sophomore fullback blasted his way across the goal line for a go-ahead touchdown with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation on Friday night, giving the Cardinals a come-from-behind win at Ruidoso.

    In a game that saw both defenses yield but ultimately hold scoring to a minimum, the host Warriors took a 7-0 advantage at halftime.

    Ruidoso led much of the game and held a 7-6 edge late in the fourth quarter.