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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: A vote of no confidence

    There are a lot of ways to interpret last week’s Luna Community College elections, but one thing is clear: It certainly wasn’t a vote of confidence. The 83 percent voter opposition to Luna’s proposed tax increase drives that point home very well.

  • LETTER: Ready to work with new colleagues

    First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone who came out to vote during the election for Luna Community College Precinct 6 trustee. I need to especially thank those individuals who went out and campaigned for me.

  • 11 docs support union effort

    Eleven local doctors are joining in the effort to persuade Alta Vista Regional Hospital to negotiate with a union representing most of the hospital’s employees.

    The doctors were among 180 residents who signed a recent petition encouraging the hospital to recognize the workers, who are represented by District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. Five nurses and other health-care professionals also signed.

    The petition was sent to Wayne Smith, chairman and CEO of Community Health Systems, Alta Vista’s parent company.

  • LETTER: Fifth councilor not the solution

    In response to the idea of a fifth council member being suggested by Cruz Roybal and Morris Madrid, may I remind them that the council already has a fifth member, in the personage of his honor the mayor.  His job is to break those tie votes and he does represent the entire town.

    If a fifth council member slot is created, either as a councilor-at-large or as a representative of a fifth ward, the mayor’s position then becomes one of moderator.  

  • People trust us, official says

    Decrying negativity about Luna Community College, one of the school’s trustees this week contended that local residents have faith in Luna’s leadership.

    Abelino Montoya, a longtime trustee at the college, spoke several times during the board’s more-than-three-hour monthly meeting on Tuesday night about what he called the negativity by a few against Luna.

  • LETTER: Time to put horse before the cart

    There is a time to start putting the cart where it goes.

  • WORK OF ART: ‘Gateau’ doesn’t mean ‘cat’

    To what lengths will some people go to connect with their roots? And what means enable them to do so?

    These questions arise in the case of Florence Bordj and her mother, Therese Bonnafous Bordj, from France but now living in Tahiti. They flew to the states to be close to the haunts of their great-grand-uncle and grand-uncle, respectively, Msgr. Adrien Rabeyrolle, the pastor of Immaculate Conception church.

  • A pastor with roots in northern N.M.

    When John Brasher was only 4, his mother Frieda wrote in his baby book that his favorite person was his great grandfather Juan Hinojos, his favorite color was blue, and that he wanted to become a priest when he grew up.

    “I come from a family who have always been involved in doing things for others and are deeply religious. But they didn’t only go to mass, they were involved in all aspects of serving their church,” said Brasher, now pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas.

  • LETTER: Mora federation says congratulations

    The Mora Federation of School Employees would like to extend congratulations to the winning candidates, Arthur Romero and Joseph Griego, to the Mora Independent School Board. We look forward to a prosperous working relationship.

    Pauline Duran

    Las Vegas

  • COLUMN: Octuplets? Enough already

    For many of my grandparents’ generation, the Biblical words, “Be fruitful and multiply,” were more of a command than a suggestion.

    Grandma and Grandpa Medina complied, delivering 16 children, of which my mother Marie was the oldest daughter. Six remain, most in their nineties, and most of the others lived into that decade as well. And a few of them procreated so efficiently that in the ‘50s it was fairly safe to tell people, “I’m related to half of Santa Fe. If it’s a Medina, there’s a good chance it’s a cousin.”