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Today's News

  • Editorial: A good move by the county

    More than two years ago, employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital overwhelmingly approved a union to represent them. But the hospital — run by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems — has refused to talk with the organization, District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees.

  • City studies utilities rates

    The city of Las Vegas’  utility department has hired consultants to do a utility rate study.

    Andrew Feldman, a Las Vegas city councilman and utilities committee member,  said the study is being performed not so much to study existing rates but to assess the true cost of producing water so that the city can revise its rate structure. The new proposed rate structure would not have a floor of 2,000 gallons as the current one does.

    He said people would no longer get billed automatically for at least 2,000 gallons when they use less.

  • Robertson 41, Cobre 0

    “Benito would have been proud of you guys.”

    That’s how a public address announcer at Cardinal Stadium congratulated the Robertson football team — 41-0 winners over Cobre — as it left the field Saturday afternoon.

    Playing in honor of the late Benito Lemos — a member of Robertson’s first-ever state championship team — the Cardinals scored 34 points in the second half to transform a defensive nailbiter into a rout.

  • As It Is: It shouldn't have happened

    I didn’t know either Benito Lemos or Richard Baca. And apparently they didn’t know each other.

    A week ago today, Baca, 21, was charged with killing Lemos at National Avenue and 12th Street.

  • Editorial: Water funding vulnerable

    Every government entity in the state is vulnerable to statewide budget cuts for building projects. The city of Las Vegas is no exception.

    The budget ax may well strike the $1.3 million designated for a rebuilding of the city’s dam on the Gallinas River, a project designed to make the diversion of water more efficient.

  • Lemos' fiancee calls him 'love of my life'

    If you think Benito Lemos was always the tough guy, you would be mistaken.

    At least according to his sister, Venita Vigil, who spoke at his funeral Thursday night.

    “He was always a mama’s boy. He didn’t sleep in his own bed until he was 11,” Vigil told more than 500 people who packed Robertson High School’s gymnasium for her brother’s open-casket memorial service.

  • NMHU big man fourth in Wyoming

    New Mexico Highlands heavyweight Jesse Boggs — a national qualifier in 2008-09 — started his senior campaign right. Boggs finished fourth in the elite division of Saturday’s University of Wyoming Open in Laramie, Wyo.

    Boggs went 3-2 to lead the NMHU wrestling team’s effort in its season debut.

  • Lady Card spikers denied

    The postseason is over for Robertson and Mora volleyball teams, who lost Friday in the state volleyball tournaments at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson (16-7) fell to a familiar nemesis — District 2-3A foe Pojoaque Valley, who  went on to win the Class 3A state title Saturday.

    The Elkettes, ranked No. 1  through much of the season, eliminated RHS 25-16, 25-17 and 26-24 in one of two Class 3A semifinals Friday night.

  • County wants oil and gas regulations

    San Miguel County is looking at a proposed moratorium on oil and gas drilling permits while it drafts regulations for such activities.

    No permits for oil and gas drilling are pending before the county. But County Commission Chairman David Salazar said he wants to make sure the county has sufficient rules in effect before companies come forward.

    The county has a general ordinance that deals with conditional land uses, but it doesn’t contain any regulations specifically designed for oil and gas drilling.

  • Man continues to fight law firm

    A Las Vegas resident who has sued a big Albuquerque law firm suffered a setback earlier this month, but he is not giving up.

    In October 2008, Joe Robert Encinias, a former Robertson High School student, filed a lawsuit against the Whitener Law Firm. That firm is led by Russ Whitener, who is famous for saying in his commercials, “Before you accept a check, check with me.”