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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Let’s see the audit

    Earlier this year, the city commissioned a special audit into billing adjustments in the utilities department. Mayor Tony Marquez said Councilman Andrew Feldman and Utilities Director George DuFour may have reduced people’s bills in violation of the law. (The mayor didn’t mention Feldman’s name specifically, but it was clear who he was talking about when he said “a councilman.”)

    DuFour lost his job over the issue. Both DuFour and Feldman have insisted for months they did nothing wrong.

  • Fall slate begins

    Although summer won’t technically be over until midnight Sept. 22, vacation time for area student-athletes is done.

    Today is the official first day of full practices for state high school sports programs, as regulated by the New Mexico Activities Association.

  • AS IT IS: Sugar goes a long way

    When a police officer stops you, it’s always advisable to cooperate. That’s been my usual method of dealing with law enforcement.

    Only one time did I cop an attitude with an officer. And it didn’t work — I still got a speeding ticket.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was stopped by state police Officer Frank Chavez for speeding, as I reported in my column last week. He was professional, just like nearly every officer I have encountered over the years. But sometimes, cops can get out of hand, just like those in any profession.

  • West board argues, then hears input

    About 40 people turned out for a special West Las Vegas school board forum called to hear concerns from parents, staff, students and concerned citizens. 

    After the meeting was gaveled to order, a good portion of her meeting was taken by board members arguing about what direction the meeting should take, what kind of questions would be heard, or if there would be any kind of interaction between the board and the audience. 

  • City urged to act on housing

    The city demolished the old public housing development along Mills Avenue a couple of years ago.

    Nothing has replaced it, but Santa Fe businessman Frank Koppler wants to change that.

    He spoke to the City Council last week about reviving plans to put affordable housing on the site. He wants to pick up where the city left off with such a project a couple of years ago.

  • LETTER: Parking signs were misleading

    I love Las Vegas and all the people. I worked there for 12 years, but I have a compliant. This past weekend, there was a bike rally in old town.

    My husband and I are both bike lovers. We were looking around for a place to park and finally saw a sign that read: “Public Parking.” No sooner had we parked when a security officer told us to move since that was “private parking.”

  • Crespins’ opponents named

    “Perseverance,” the professional boxing card set for Friday, Aug. 28, at the Wilson Complex, is taking shape, and Las Vegas’ Crespin siblings now know their opponents.

    Amanda Crespin, 18, will make her professional debut against fellow 126-pounder Shannon Sangre of Los Lunas, boxing promoter Lenny Fresquez Productions announced late this past week. Sangre is also new to the pro ranks.

  • LETTEr: Mil Gracias

    We the family of Myranda Lujan would like to thank the following people who helped us with her benefit dance on July 17: All the workers at the Nite Owl, Matthew Martinez and family, Cuarenta Y Cinco, Mathew Cordova, Sena’s Music, Casa de Musica, and the Optic — for all their time and effort in making the dance a success!

    I thank the many friends and family that helped with all the fundraising that was done for and prior to the dance.

    Tina Gallegos

    Las Vegas

  • Las Vegas resident accused in stabbing

    A Las Vegas man has been charged in the stabbing of another at the hot baths at United World College, state police said.

    Louis G. Paredes, 23, 121 Independence No. 2, is facing a charge of aggravated battery.

    According to a probable cause statement, Paredes admitted to stabbing the victim, Apolinario Gonzales, 26. Paredes said he was with his friends at the baths around 5 p.m. July 31 when Gonzales said he could kill Paredes, police said.

  • LETTER: What we will lose to drilling

    The dancing creek glitters with the light/The glistening owl cries in the night/A baby coyote whimpers in fright/And then it is gone for good.

    Gone is the creek laughing with light/In its place is a poisonous blight /Gone is the owl who cries in the night/There is nothing left of her rippling flight.

    And of the coyote who whimpered in fright, there is left bleached white bones.

    Miranda Riccardi-Coon

    Golondrinas