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Today's News

  • See trash as having value, city advised

    The city could reduce the amount of trash it hauls to the Wagon Mound landfill and help the environment at the same time, according to a Highlands University study.

    For years, Highlands has been researching the use of what is known as mechanical biological treatment technology to help a small community such as Las Vegas better manage its waste. The study is funded by the federal government, and an advisory committee has been in place for the project.

  • The burning of Zozobra

    For the first time ever, I went to see the burning of the famous Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom.

    I have always been afraid of him.

    The first time I remember seeing him was at the mall in Santa Fe. He was huge, with green circles around his red eyes and his white suit with blue buttons and a blue tie. He terrified me.

    I guess it might of been because he reminded me of Chucky the killer doll.

  • A parade of Cardinal spirit

    In the Robertson homecoming parade contest, the senior class’ “Cardinal Thriller” float took first, the sophomores’ “Kiss” came in second and the juniors’ float finished third. Others floats were the class of 1958 and Legion Elementary. Among bands, Robertson and West Las Vegas tied for first, with Memorial Middle School finishing second.

  • A New Deal for Las Vegas

    Wall street in tatters. Bank failures, right and left. Foreclosures. Drought. A time of financial crisis.

    While this may sound as current as the morning news, it was also the dawn of the Great Depression.

    In 1929, the U.S. economy tanked. Bankers and stockbrokers were diving out of windows. Farmers lost their farms and city folk lost their homes to foreclosure. It was a terrible time, and it seemed there would be no end to it. But in 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office — and FDR had a New Deal for America.

  • Cheaper fuel now available at City Hall station

    The compressed natural gas station at City Hall is once again up and running, but residents are encouraging the city to lower its prices.

    At this week’s City Council meeting, Karen Plagge, who uses the cheaper and cleaner fuel in her car, said the price for the gas is $2.23 a gallon in Santa Fe, less than than the $2.99 in Las Vegas. While Las Vegas’ price is less than gasoline, it will be hard for the city station to compete with the City Different, she said.

    The city is planning to advertise its station on billboards and the Internet.

  • Hospital budget picture brighter

    The state hospital recently warned its employees that the organization is facing financial difficulties because of rising costs. Today, hospital officials said the budget situation is looking brighter.

    In a Sept. 30 memo to staff, Troy Jones, the hospital’s administration, said the state Administrative Services Division told officials that the hospital was unsuccessful in generating the revenue that it had projected.

  • Local shelter's animals have a new place to live.

    The remaining animals of The Animal Support Center have a place to live. Jessica Taylor, owner of Green Gates Sanctuary in Ilfeld, N.M., is willing to care for and socialize the remaining animals of TASC so that they can be adopted to loving homes. Green Gates is a separate entity from TASC and will continue to exist as an educational center and a much needed sanctuary when all TASC animals are adopted.

  • Ex-pro player in county lockup

    Most inmates in the San Miguel County jail probably aren’t asked for their autographs, unless such requests involve court documents.

    Gilberto Reyes is the exception.

    The former player for the Montreal Expos, a Major League team, has been in the jail since last December on a charge of distribution of marijuana. And he has reportedly been asked to sign his baseball card since he entered the lockup.

    On the morning of Dec. 22, Reyes, 44, rolled over his pickup truck north of Las Vegas on Interstate 25. He and a woman passenger were taken to the local hospital.

  • Council reluctantly OKs budget, criticizes state

    The City Council this week approved a budget that would make cuts in the general fund to meet state requirements. But city officials weren’t happy with the state agency that oversees the city’s finances.

    The council signed off on a $9.9 million general fund budget, which pays for everything from police to parks. That’s down from the $10.6 million budget approved during the summer.

  • Winter shutoffs a possibility

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez isn’t saying whether the city will observe a state-mandated moratorium on winter heating gas shutoffs. And state government officials aren’t sure who may enforce it or how.

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, is a federally funded program intended to help pay the poor’s winter heating bills.