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Today's News

  • It's official: Dorms are ready

    Highlands University officially opened its new dorms Wednesday at the amphitheater on the south entrance near Washington and Ninth streets.

    Vice President for Student Affairs Judy Cordova-Romero welcomed a crowd of about 250 people and reminded them that they were gathered at the site of what used to be the the tallest building in northern New Mexico, referring to the highrise dorm’s demolished in 2007.

  • HU soccer team hosts camp

    The New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer coach and team will host  a soccer camp for local youth Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6, at Perkins stadium on campus.

    The soccer camp hours are from 9-11:30 a.m. The camp is for boys and girls aged 5 to 14.  

    The cost of the 3-day camp is $30 for those who pre-register and $35 the day of the camp. Those who have not pre-registered are asked to please arrive early on camp day.

    Camp proceeds benefit the women’s soccer program.

  • City delays submission of budget

    City Manager Timothy Dodge says most people wouldn’t want to make expenditures from their checking account if they don’t know how much money is in it.

    The same goes for the city, he said.

    That’s how Dodge explained his decision to cancel, for the second time, a special City Council meeting to approve the city’s annual budget.

    The council was originally expected to take up the budget at a meeting Monday, but it was delayed until Wednesday. Now, the council is slated to address the budget at its regular meeting next Wednesday.

  • Letter: Need to really manage our waste

    What will it take to bring Las Vegas’ waste management into the 21st century?

  • Editorial: A good choice for Robertson

    The Las Vegas City Schools district made a good decision in hiring Eddie King as principal of Robertson High School. He fills an important role.

    King’s selection was the result of a process that involved administrators, teachers, parents and students.

    He started as an English and Spanish teacher with Memorial Middle School in 1981 and moved on to a similar position at Robertson High School in 1998. He has been Robertson’s assistant principal since 2007.

  • HU student center in works

    Architects for the new student center at Highlands University have unveiled preliminary sketches of the three-story, 64,000-square-foot complex.

    The massive center at Eighth Street and National Avenue will house a 250-seat theater, a 400-seat ballroom and a cafeteria for 300, the architects said.

    Studio Southwest Architects said the theater-quality seats will be retractable, so the venue can be used for other events. Also, the large ballroom and cafeteria can be partitioned by sound-proof walls for a variety of events taking place at the same time.

  • Letter: APS is negligent in its inaction

    It is not an anonymous “System Failure” which has put the health and safety of Ms. [Gordy] Thatcher and Las Vegas residents in jeopardy. It is plain and simple neglect by Adult Protective Services Division of the New Mexico Department of Health. As stated, Ms. Thatcher is a functionally disabled person, but she is also a client of APS. As such, APS has statutory and regulatory responsibilities for the protection of Ms. Thatcher’s health and safety.

  • Letter: Thanks for patrols of handicap spaces

    I would like to thank our police officers for all that they do for us — but especially to the officer who patrols Wal-Mart and makes sure that the people who are truly handicapped have a parking spot close to the entrances. He has been a true blessing for us and I want to acknowledge him with appreciation for that. I see many young people who drive up and jump out of their cars or trucks clearly showing that they are not disabled in any way —that goes for some women too.

  • COLUMN: Losing, finishing and winning

    Way back in the 1970s, when I was in my early 20s, I coached a basketball team in an inner-city league in Nashville, Tenn. Inspired by “The White Shadow” television show at the time, the teenagers on my team named themselves the Shadows because I was the only white coach in the league. In fact, I was the only white person in the league, but that’s another story entirely.

  • Money for boxing event still at issue

    The city is seeking an opinion from its attorney on the legality of giving $15,000 to help a private boxing promoter advertise an event on Aug. 28.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge requested the opinion from City Attorney Carlos Quiñones. This was done at the prompting of City Councilwoman Diane Moore, the only council member who opposed giving the money.