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Today's News

  • Letter: Don't blame it on secondhand smoke

    I have had it with all the reports blaming secondhand cigarette smoke for all the illnesses of mankind. Most of my patients who smoked died from old age and nothing else. People need to take a good long look at all the damage caused from radiation contamination. It is in the air we are breathing.

    You can see cigarette smoke, you can’t see radiation fallout. The government will not tell you the truth as to what we are breathing in our air. Look at all the illness caused from radiation contamination.

    Blame it all on a cigarette? I don’t think so.

  • Editorial: Keep road for public

    Daniel Garcia, who lives near El Pueblo, contends that the county took his road without his family’s consent decades ago. And now he’s fighting to get it back.

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission heard his request to abandon one mile of B41-E, which he said had been in his family for generations.

    In October, the commission had granted his request, but officials found out that they hadn’t given proper notice to all nearby residents. So the commission decided to reconsider the issue.

  • Work of Art: Who was the fattest knight?

    Remember the fun we had two years ago with the letters on the marquee at the off-again, off-again running of the Serf Theater?

    To review: Some time after the airing of “No Country for Old Men,” the management had a showing of “In Her Shoes,” starring Cameron Diaz. It was a flick my wife Bonnie and I practically slept through. The first rule of movie-watcherdom is to have a person we can admire, whom we can identify with, but in this movie, there were none. But I’m not a movie critic, so back to the marquee.

  • State police plan new station

    The state police are planning a new local station on a hilltop on the east side of town.

    The new building would be on the northeast corner of South Commerce Street and N.M. Highway 104, just across from KFUN Hill. When the police station is completed, officers will move out of the old one.

    The current station is at Second Street and Mills Avenue; state police officials have said that the new site will give them immediate response to emergencies on Interstate 25, the busiest highway in the area.

  • Mural project gets city money

    A local group wants to celebrate northern New Mexico’s history with a downtown mural, and now it has most of the money to complete this project.

    Last week, the City Council approved $15,000 for the paneling and materials for the mural, which will be called, “The People’s History of Northern New Mexico.” The total price tag is $25,000.

  • West asked to support wind farm

    Supporters of a proposed industrial wind farm in the Bernal area near Interstate 25 contend the towering windmills would bring a lot of money to the West Las Vegas schools because the project is within district boundaries.

    But opponents say the turbines would hurt the area’s scenery and pose health risks to neighbors.

    Recently, the West board was asked to support a resolution in favor of the proposed wind farm, which is being pushed by Chicago-based Invenergy.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    The Mora Council of the Knights of Columbus, Council 9889, would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions; they made our yearly celebration a success.

    The luncheon was held on Dec. 20 at the St. Gertrude Parish Hall in Mora. The whole community was invited to join us. Our council served 250-plus meals.

    Contributors were The Bank of Las Vegas, Community First Bank, Salman Ranch, Robert Serna, Ralph Anderson, Nelson Funeral Home, and Russell’s Super Market.

    Thank you all for your generosity.

    Joseph F. Pacheco

    Mora County

  • Letter: Turbines not best alternative

    A landowner in El Valle, who stands to profit from the Invenergy Industrial facility on the mesa next to Starvation Peak, has approached the board of directors of West Las Vegas High School to gain support for the project. As you probably know from previous opinions on the subject, most people in our neighborhood reject the location for the wind turbines. More than 300 petition (signatures) have been gathered against it.  

  • RMAC baseball: Cowboys picked 2nd

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Mesa State College baseball team is picked to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season championship for the sixth year in a row, according to the RMAC’s eight head baseball coaches. The Mavericks are also expected to win the Mountain Division.

    New Mexico Highlands is expected to finish second. The Cowboys have RMAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year Drew Vassil and five total players on the league’s preseason team.

  • Council debates Dodge contract

    Members of the Las Vegas City Council said Wednesday that they like the performance of City Manager Timothy Dodge, but they disagreed over the process of giving him a contract.

    And Dodge himself said the former city attorney, Carlos Quiñones, failed to draft a contract for him, despite the governing body’s direction to do so. Quiñones’ last day was Dec. 31.