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Today's News

  • Hopeful vows not to hike taxes

    It’s a year until the 2010 Democratic and Republican primaries in New Mexico, but GOP gubernatorial candidate Allen Weh is already campaigning around the state.

    He visited Las Vegas recently.

    In a telephone interview, Weh, an ex-Marine, promised that he wouldn’t raise taxes if he were elected.

    “There’s enough waste and abuse in the state budget,” Weh said. “There is no reason why any man or woman would go forth to taxpayers and say, ‘We need to raise money without cleaning the mess inside government.’”

  • EDITORIAL: The benefits of firsts

    With the election of Barack Obama as president, the United States has taken a big step toward becoming what some call a post-racial society. Of course we’re a long way from there yet, but we're closer.

  • Senior center struggling

    The local senior center is suffering a shortfall in its budget, and it is seeking the help of the city government.

    Last September, Ser de New Mexico, an Albuquerque-based group, took control of San Miguel County’s three senior centers from the state hospital. The centers are in Las Vegas, San Miguel and Pecos.

    Theresa Lopez, the director of the centers, said they ran a deficit of $62,000 in May. “For June, we’re running on no money. We’ve been holding a few fundraisers to supplement the budget,” she said.

  • Circle attracts amateurs, professionals alike

    It was a drummer’s delight as professional and amateur musicians pounded out rhythms on drum sets, congas, bongos and even hubcaps at an event dubbed “Pasión del los Tambores,” or passion of the drums.

  • Residents want county to take road

    San Miguel County is taking the first step toward the possibility of taking ownership of Don Gallegos Circle.

    The commission voted last week to have a committee of county officials to view the road and make a recommendation to the county.

    Dozens of houses are on the road, which is off of the Eight Street Extension. Residents presented a petition last year asking the county for help with the road.

  • HUD nixes search policy

    A federal agency is asking that the Las Vegas housing authority eliminate a provision in its contracts with tenants allowing for searches without notice based on “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity.

    “We have told the housing authority that they will remove that,” said Patricia Campbell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

  • DULCEY AMARGO: Who said that?

    It’s almost an unwritten rule that among the first words one acquires in learning a new language are the inevitable “bad words.” Of course, that doesn’t occur so much in the organized, academic setting. Nevertheless, the dictionary is always available for one to sneak a peek at the “forbidden” words.

    Way back in primal times, as we labored through the conjugations and declensions of beginning Latin, my classmates and I at Cathedral High School found a way to pervert the regimented learning for our less-than-civilized purposes.

  • County holds off on Tasers

    The jail warden wants a couple of officers to be able to use Tasers in the jail, but the chairman of the County Commission says he’s reluctant, saying it could create liability for the county.

    Meanwhile, the sheriff complained that the county administration refuses to consider his request for use of the electroshock weapon

    At this week’s County Commission meeting, county officials asked commissioners to approve a policy for the use of Tasers in the jail. And they received support from the jail’s citizens advisory committee.

  • Official to critic: Do you have problem?

    Daniel Jencka had never attended a school board meeting before this week. Someone told him it would be boring.

    He found out otherwise.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Las Vegas City Schools board, a number of parents of victims of attacks during last year’s high school football camp showed up to express their concerns to the board. One of those parents invited Jencka, a Las Vegas resident, to come to the meeting.

  • City Council approves new rules for movie productions

    After weeks of debate, the City Council reached agreement Wednesday on new rules for film projects.

    Las Vegas has long been the setting for movies, dating back to 1913. But the projects have long been an irritation for merchants who complain they aren’t adequately compensated for resulting lost business

    Last month, business people turned in a petition calling for a moratorium on movie productions until the city could revise its ordinance for such projects. That set the city into action.