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Today's News

  • Residents: Officials should live here

    Several people attending a public meeting said the city should require that the city manager and city attorney live in the Las Vegas area.

    They were speaking earlier this week during the first of four public forums on a proposed city charter, which is essentially the community’s constitution. The current charter has been in existence since the two Las Vegases united four decades ago.

    The City Council formed the Charter Commission a few months ago, and the 11-member group has unveiled its draft charter to the public.

  • Cowboys to open camp

    After a promising spring ball and a productive offseason of recruiting, hopes a re high this fall for the New Mexico Highlands University football program.

    Year Two of the Chad Roanhaus era officially begins Saturday as Highlands players open camp with practices on campus.

  • Letter: Student did really well in competition

    The family and friends of Chantelle Lucero would like to send her congratulations.  Chantelle traveled with West Las Vegas Middle School to Dallas Texas in June 2009 to compete in the Business Professionals of America as the only high school student representing West Las Vegas High.

    We are very proud of our middle school for taking first in the completion. Chantelle placed within the top 10 in Dallas and later on found out she ranked fifth overall.

    We would also like to thank Chantelle’s sponsor, Laurie Sandoval, for all her time, support and leadership.

  • Sapello golfer Quintana 6th in event

    Joedy Quintana of Sapello finished 15 strokes out of first place and wound up sixth in the recent Sun Country PGA girls’ 12-and-under golf championship.

    The event, part of the Sun Country’s Junior Tour Championship, took place July 28-29 at the University of New Mexico’s north course in Albuquerque.

    Quintana opened the tournament with a 45 on the nine-hole junior course, following that by shooting a 47 on day two. Her two-day total of 92 was 20 strokes over par.

  • Letter: Follow the rules already in place

    I am extremely interested in the issue of drilling for oil and gas now before us in Mora County.

    This, truly, is the time for our Mora County commissioners and the planning and zoning officials to stand behind the excellent Development Guidance System and Comprehensive Land Use Guidelines. These documents are well articulated and should remain in their original design.

  • Cowgirl spikers tops in classroom

    When the New Mexico Highlands University volleyball team opens the season later this month, the Cowgirls will not only look to make improvements from last year’s record, they’ll also be looking to match the academic excellence demonstrated in 2008-09.

    Highlands volleyball was among 46 NCAA Division II programs to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award for the 2008-09 season. The Cowgirls led all of NMHU’s athletic teams in team grade point average with a 3.38, according to the school’s sports information office.

  • Fair starts today

    Anastazia Alvarez was one of the 4-H students coaxing their reluctant goats onto one of the shearing blocks Monday for a close shave in preparation for the 2009 San Miguel-Mora County Fair, which is from today to Saturday.

    The Mora Middle School seventh-grader has been showing animals at the fair for the past four years.

    “I have mainly raised pigs, rabbits and chickens. This is the second year I raise a goat. The pigs are the easiest to take care of,” Alvarez said.

  • EDITORIAL: City should be consistent

    A few weeks ago, the City Council agreed to give $15,000 in lodgers tax funds to help a private boxing promoter advertise an event for Aug. 28.

    We always should have a healthy dose of skepticism when the government hands over money to a private company. After all, we’re talking about our tax dollars.

  • THUMBS: Our high country lowdown on the news

    CLEARING UP THE PROBLEM. District Judge Eugenio Mathis has stepped down as chief judge, who is in charge of assigning caseloads. This move was precipitated by a state Supreme Court decision.

    Last year, Mathis married his assistant, Michelle Pino, and that concerned the state Supreme Court. Our review of the state court system’s nepotism policy doesn’t address a situation in which a supervisor married someone who is already employed. So a case could have been made that Mathis and Pino were technically in compliance with the rules.

  • Schools make gains, district leaders say

    Superintendents from both East and West school districts are pointing out the gains made by their students in statewide ratings released this week.

    However, the state Public Education Department’s assessment of schools throughout New Mexico isn’t quite as rosy.

    A total of 568 schools around the state failed to meet the federal standard of adequate yearly progress under a system for assessing schools. That’s up from 549 schools that didn’t make the standard in 2008.