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Today's News

  • Senator praises merchants, says earlier comments misconstrued

    In the spring, state Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, contended that the merchant class in the Plaza area was made up of newcomers who wanted to change Las Vegas into a Santa Fe or Taos.

    The longtime lawmaker took a different approach this week.

    On radio station KFUN, Griego, who was on a show with other local lawmakers, praised the downtown business community, touting how it benefits Las Vegas. He said his earlier comments were misconstrued by the print media.

  • Ex-city cop pleads guilty to fraud

    A former Las Vegas police officer has pleaded guilty to allegations that he defrauded city government, prosecutors say.

    On July 7, Shawn Montoya entered his plea in court to charges of fraud and filing a false claim, both fourth-degree felonies, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement, Montoya is required to pay full restitution to the Police Department and to an insurance company to which he defrauded, and perform 100 hours of community service, Flores said. Montoya will be on probation for 18 months.

  • City Council agenda

    • The Las Vegas City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in the council’s chambers at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on public housing issues:

    Presentations

    • Marco Gonzales from Work Force on SER Jobs for Progress.

    • Joseph Gallegos from Casa del Cultural proposing a 180-foot historical mural on the old Safeway parking lot wall.

    • Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. quarterly report.

    Business

  • AA wants to spread word

    The spokesman for area Alcoholics Anonymous groups says that if it weren’t for the program, he likely wouldn’t be alive today.

    He and other members want to inform the public about AA during a public forum on Sunday. They want to tell residents about how AA operates and what it can do for the community.

    It’s the first such public forum in years, the spokesman said.

  • WORK OF ART: I-strain: a word for inflation

    Just a few weeks before my 70th birthday in April, a friend from High Rolls, N.M., sent me a booklet that tells all about my birth year, 1939. It’s an easy-to-read booklet whose facts I can hardly believe.

    Let me explain:

    All my life I’ve refused to believe that things could ever inflate as many as 10 times. For example, if I could buy a Coke for a nickel during my youth, I would never expect to pay 10 times that amount or 50 cents, even if I lived to be a hundred.

  • Dorms ready for new school year

    The year-long construction of new dorms at Highlands University is just about done.

    Jorden Grimm, the school’s capital projects and operations manager, said that the project is 99 percent completed, with minor problems being taken care of by the contractor, Las Vegas-based Franken Construction.

    The dorms will be ready in time for the new school year, as was planned all along, Grimm said. Officials have said the new dorms will help attract more students to the university.

  • EDITORIAL: Get experts to debate

    During Mora County’s public hearing on oil and gas drilling, everyone agreed on one thing: Mora County is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And, indeed, the view is incredible.

    Many of the speakers at the hearing said they didn’t want anything that would spoil the scenery, and in their minds, oil and gas drilling would do just that. They also contended that the drilling would cause water and air pollution.

    To help their arguments, some ranchers came in from San Juan County to talk about the negative impacts of natural gas drilling there.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The inaugural Inside Adobe Walls festival took place June 27-28 at the Inn on the Santa Fe Trail, and was a big success.

  • Camp is in its 70th year

    ROCIADA — Many people around here have heard of Pendaries Village in Rociada, but few know about Camp Davis, which is a few miles down the road.

    The camp, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, features eight cabins, a dining hall and a recreation building, as well as opportunities for fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

    In the summer of 1939, Coach J. Mule and Liz Davis founded Camp Davis. In the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, the Davises had hundreds of kids from Texas stay at the camp throughout the summers.

  • Gay club says it got good response

    Members of the Las Vegas-based New Mexico Rainbow Club wanted to try something that no one could remember happening before — having a gay and lesbian float in the Fiestas parade.

    So they did. And the community’s reaction was generally good, members said.

    The club is a loosely knit social group of gays and lesbians and their supporters, and it has been holding monthly potlucks. But member Kathy Gould said the group is becoming more rights-oriented.