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Today's News

  • Audit may mean relaxed controls

    A good audit for the West Las Vegas school district is expected to help the district convince the state to relax its heightened controls, which have been in place for more than two years, officials said.

    West Las Vegas Schools business manager Doug Hendrickson distributed the 2007-08 audit opinion and findings to school board members. He said it would be an action item for the next meeting.

  • LETTER: An illegal position against the union

    I have been boycotting Alta Vista Regional Hospital and will continue to do so until they recognize and negotiate with their legally formed union. I know others in our community are doing the same thing. Our community has lost thousands of dollars of health care monies because of CHS’s illegal position.

    Pamela G. Daves

    Las Vegas

  • Case dismissed; feds hold man

    Gilberto Reyes, who stayed in the local jail for 15 months because of a drug distribution charge, has been released. And the district attorney has dismissed the case against him.

    But that doesn’t mean Reyes is a free man.

    The Dominican Republic native was quickly transferred to a federal holding facility in El Paso. That’s because his visa had lapsed while he was in the local lockup.

  • COLUMN: Now, that's service

    Except for the administration of the City of Las Vegas, which farms out its advertisements to the Journal North, bypassing the Tri-Weekly Optic, lots of people feel good about shopping locally and keeping the money in circulation.

    I’ve tried to abide by that policy. A couple of times last week I was favorably impressed with local service — and remember, this comes from a man who believes it’s courteous to say “please” and “thank you” and to go way beyond our job description.

    Let me explain:

  • EDITORIAL: Out of hand

    Last week, the Highlands University Board of Regents heard a number of requests for naming buildings and other infrastructure after local notables.

    Fortunately, the Board of Regents didn’t take any action on the issue. Regent Jesus Lopez asked that the university draft a policy on how to handle such requests. He suggested that the university not name any structures after living people.

  • Political parties to meet

    The two local political parties are planning meetings for Saturday.

    The San Miguel County Democratic Party will hold its convention at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Las Vegas Middle School, while the Republicans will meet at 10 a.m. at Spic and Span restaurant.

  • Little League coach upset with city’s dumping of snow

    Michael Romero coaches a team that practices on a baseball field behind his shop on South Commerce Street.

    But he says the kids may not be able to practice on the city-owned land for at least a week.

    That’s because the city dumped a lot of snow on the baseball field, which will make the field too muddy to play on for awhile, said Romero, owner of Michael’s Precision Automotive. Romero said the city could have dumped the snow on other portions of the tract of city land without affecting the baseball field.

  • Loehr called Aragon ‘faux friend of poor’

    The Catholic archbishop and top New Mexico politicians asked a federal judge for leniency in sentencing longtime state Senate leader Manny Aragon.

    Former Highlands University Regent John Loehr, however, urged just the opposite for Aragon, who is a former Highlands president.

  • Land grant prevails at federal level

    A family trying to get a portion of the Tecolote Land Grant has suffered another defeat.

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a state Supreme Court decision to dismiss the Montoya family’s lawsuit against the land grant.

    The family originally sought to reassign ownership of nearly 20,0000 acres of the Tecolote land grant, but state courts rejected that claim in 2007.

  • City ends lease after scrutiny

    The city of Las Vegas has terminated a grazing lease with a high-ranking city utilities employee after the deal came under scrutiny.

    For months, Frank Davis, who lives in the Gallinas area, has criticized the city’s agreement to lease the land to Melvin Ortega, the city’s natural gas supervisor. He questioned why a city employee got the lease, saying he and others didn’t get a fair opportunity to bid on it.