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Today's News

  • County approves Pecos development

    The San Miguel County Commission last week approved a four-lot housing development in the Pecos area.

    The residential lots will be about two acres each, and the developer, Bonnie McGowan, will reserve 116 acres for open space — a portion of which would be used for hiking trails, gardens and stables.

    Several speakers during the commission’s meeting last week praised McGowan’s plans for the Hawk’s Landing subdivision.

    However, one nearby resident, M. Dolores White-Vigil, sent a letter to the commission opposing the proposed development.

  • As It Is: A surprising election

    Am I surprised that San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz handily beat two write-in opponents in last week’s mayoral election?

    No. It’s rare that a write-in candidate wins. Many mention how Republican Joe Skeen won as a write-in the 1980 congressional race in southern New Mexico. But he was only the third person in U.S. history to be elected as a write-in to Congress. And there were unusual circumstances — a divided Democratic opposition and no GOP candidate on the ballot.

  • Letter: Stale old system still going strong

    The recent arrest and release of a retired San Miguel County deputy on a DWI charge reminded me of a great lesson I learned in a geometry class at Robertson High School. I was a sophomore. We should have been going over the finer points of a parallelogram, but instead we were talking school politics.

  • School’s dress code questioned

    Andrea Lucero, the mother of Las Vegas City Schools students, says the district pays more attention to the dress code than education.

    She said one of her daughters spent a month in all-day detention at Memorial Middle School because of a lip ring. She said the daughter decided to keep her ring as a matter of principle; otherwise, Lucero said, the piercing would have closed up.

    “The dress code is ridiculous,” she said. “My daughter has been treated like a common criminal. It’s not like she beat someone up or brought drugs to school.”

  • Editorial: Yes, charter passed

    Last week, 56 percent of voters approved a new charter for the city of Las Vegas — a 35-page document that includes, among other things, a requirement for runoff elections when no candidate gets a simple majority of votes.

    But now some people, including former city attorney Danelle Smith, are suggesting that 60 percent was needed to pass the charter, which serves as the city’s constitution.

  • BREAKING/ONLINE: Cowboys reach RMAC semis

    With a 90-80 decision against Fort Lewis on Tuesday night, New Mexico Highlands' men's basketball team earned a trip to Pueblo, Colo., for the semifinals of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout.

    The Cowboys (19-9) will face Colorado Christian (12-15), who upset the RMAC East's No. 1 team Colorado School of Mines on Tuesday. The Cowboys and Cougars tip off at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Colorado State Fairgrounds.

  • East to teachers: No fridges

    Some teachers in the Las Vegas City Schools have their own refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots in their classrooms.

    But they won’t any longer, the district says. The district is telling teachers to remove them.

    The move has caused some grumbling among teachers.

    Officials say they are looking for ways to save as fuel costs continue to rise.

  • Former state Rep. David Salman dies at age 74

    Former Democratic state Rep. David Salman, known for his interest in education, has died. He was 74.

    The House, which convened in a special budget session Monday, held a moment of silence for Salman, who represented the Las Vegas area.

    He died Sunday in Albuquerque, said his wife, Marilyn. She declined to release a cause of death but said he had not been ill.

    Salman was in the House from 1969 to 1978, serving as majority floor leader from 1971 to 1978.

  • Charter's passage up in the air

    Las Vegas voters passed a new charter for the city government on Tuesday.

    Or did they?

    According to city election results, 56 percent of voters supported a 35-page document that would serve as the city’s new constitution.

    But local attorney Danelle Smith said she believes that at least 60 percent needed to back the charter to make it a reality. She pointed to a provision in the four-decade-old existing charter that requires a super-majority of 60 percent to pass charter amendments.

  • BREAKING/ONLINE: Friday night sports update

    Friday in Las Vegas-area sports:

    New Mexico Highlands routed Colorado Christian 96-64 in the semifinals of the RMAC Shootout men's basketball tournament. Joe Harge's Cowboys advance to face Metro State at 5 p.m. Saturday in the championship game. The tourney is being held at the Colorado State Fair Events Center in Pueblo, Colo.