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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Proudly independent sheriffs

    If a Martian landed in a Western county, he wouldn’t ask to see the head of the state police or the county manager. He’d demand to speak to the sheriff.

    In the West and throughout the United States, the sheriff is an enduring symbol of power. He runs law enforcement in his county, and he won’t let anyone mess with him, let alone bureaucrats.

    It may work that way in some places, but not in most of the counties in northern New Mexico.

  • EDITORIAL: Inappropriate spending spree

    We wish public officials would more frequently ask the question, “What if this makes the newspaper?”

    It’s likely that Mora school officials didn’t ask this question when they went on a spending spree for legislators. Through a public records request, this newspaper discovered that the district spent thousands of dollars for perks for state legislators and Mora school officials.

  • Rancher says county owes him

    Trementina rancher Lawrence Lujan contends he has lost two cows because San Miguel County hasn’t maintained a cattle guard near his property. He wants the county to pay up.

    Last year, he wrote a letter to the county detailing the problems with cattle guards in his area. He said dirt builds up underneath them, which makes his cattle believe that they can walk on them. When they do, they get their legs caught, breaking them and making them useless for his ranching operation.

    It happened twice on Lujan’s ranch last year, he contends.

  • Jail: Cop abused woman

    A number of jailers have filed reports stating that a Las Vegas police officer threatened to hurt a woman when he was booking her into the jail. Jailers said she had already been injured before her arrival.

    Several of the reports quote Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar as saying to the jailers, “Get this (expletive deleted) good for nothing piece of s--- out of my car before I hurt her.”  

  • East district shuffles principals

    A shuffling of principals will affect nearly every school on the east side.

    Last week, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, who took the helm last summer, announced the first major restructuring of the district in years.

    Robertson High School is without a principal after Richard Lopez turned in his resignation last week; the district plans to advertise the position.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The San Miguel County DWI Program would like to thank Pink Carnation Florist owner Patrick Padilla for their help with getting the message out to local students who attended prom.  The Pink Carnation Florist placed stickers on flower boxes for prom to remind them to stay sober and safe on prom night.

    Leonor Encinias

    DWI Prevention Specialist

  • COLUMN: Taking chances

    Check out the news, read the papers, talk to friends and acquaintances; we are going through hard times.

    But is that anything new?  I wonder if scanning “The Book of Job” could give us some insight on the issue.

  • Official: No layoffs at West

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu batted down rumors that the school district was planning layoffs.

    He made his position known at last week’s regular school board meeting after a couple of board members said they had heard rumors about layoffs.

    Abreu said there were no such plans.

    “You’re hearing this from the horse’s mouth. This is the last thing I would consider. You are hearing it from me,” Abreu told the board.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    CONTINUING FORWARD MOMENTUM. The Highlands University Board of Regents and the Faculty Association reached an agreement last week that effectively ends a months-long dispute between the administration and educators. The new contract includes salary increases retroactive to the beginning of this academic year and changes in the school’s grievance, evaluation, promotion and tenure policies.

    A lot of improvements have been taking place at Highlands since President Jim Fries took over, so it’s good to see this issue resolved and the momentum continuing.

  • Health center opens

    After years of planning, officials say West Las Vegas Middle School and High School students will get free treatment at the new student health center that officially opened Friday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The clinic has been treating kids since February.

    Health center coordinator Yolanda Carrillo said, “This center is just for our students, to make sure our kids get the health care they need, and I’d like to stress that all services are free for our students.”