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Today's News

  • 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.

  • City eyes transfer station changes

    The city wants to change the way it does business at its solid waste transfer station, a top official says.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said last week that the city is reviewing the charges at the station to come up with a way to deter people from dumping their garbage illegally.

    For instance, he said the city may allow solid waste customers to throw any additional trash — such as items that don’t fit in rollout containers — for free at the station. They would have to show proof that they are city customers.

  • EDITORIAL: Charter changes

    The city’s Charter Commission, charged with reviewing the city’s most important document, is busy these days, preparing to hold public meetings in all parts of town and make recommendations to the Las Vegas City Council in early September.

    We’re looking forward to the input citizens will have on what should and shouldn’t be changed in the city charter, and thought we’d get our two cents in early:

  • LETTER: A one-side, gender-biased case

    This letter is in reference to the unfair and brutal stabbing death of a young male individual that left an 8-year old without the loving, caring presence of his father.

  • EDITORIAL: System failure

    The disheartening story about lifelong Las Vegas resident Gordy Thatcher and her struggle to maintain and keep her home on Tilden Street is a tale of systematic failure — on the part of social services, the city and private individuals with the best of intentions.

  • LETTER: Standing should be mandatory

    The Public Education Department recently held a public hearing on a rule change that would allow students to choose to opt out of the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The opportunity for written public comment will continue through 5 p.m. on July 27, so it’s not too late to express your opinion.