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Today's News

  • Official: Morale bad at City Hall

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore said last week that she is concerned about the morale of city employees.

    At a council meeting, she said employees have told her the city government is the worst they’ve seen it. She said employees are beginning to get paranoid about their job security.

    As such, she said it’s important to recognize the work of city employees, possibly advertising their accomplishments in a newsletter.

  • COLUMN: Stardom can help in politics

    SANTA FE — Actor Val Kilmer just keeps on coming. Last week he dropped in at the state Capitol for visits with Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Phil Griego, who represents the area where Kilmer lives.

    The governor is an admirer of Kilmer’s. Griego isn’t. Kilmer has been quoted in national publications making disparaging remarks about residents of San Miguel County and about Vietnam vets.

  • Forum planned for Luna candidates

    A forum is planned for the candidates for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    The forum is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Middle School’s lecture hall. Sponsoring the event are the Las Vegas Optic and the Committee for the People, a local watchdog group.

    The election is set for next Tuesday.

    Running for the Las Vegas-based District 2 seat are incumbent Tony Valdez, Tommy Ortiz and Marsha Archuleta. Valdez was appointed to his seat in 2007.

  • East-West boys' varsity game cancelled

    West Las Vegas WILL host Robertson in boys’ basketball Friday night.

    But the East-West faceoff will not include varsity teams. Because of an overscheduling violation by West, the schools will meet only in freshman and junior varsity games. First game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. (new time) at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Last chance to see NMHU wrestling is Saturday

    If a college wrestling meet can figure into your Valentine’s Day plans, New Mexico Highlands will provide everything but the candlelight and wine.

    Saturday’s dual meet with Colorado State-Pueblo will be the last chance to see the Highlands wrestling team at home this season.  First match begins at 7 p.m. at the Wilson Complex.

    In recent weeks, the Cowboys , coached by Doug Moses, have battled some of the top-rated squads in NCAA Division II.

  • Outlaws stun Razorbacks

    Las Vegas Outlaws surprised the nationally ranked New Mexico Razorbacks 26-8 Saturday at Perkins Stadium, site of the TeamBuilders Bowl, the season kickoff event for the New Mexico Football Alliance, a "semi-pro" football league with national affiliations.

    Former West Las Vegas quarterback Mike Martinez was voted Most Valuable Player by an ad-hoc media panel covering the game. Martinez overcame a shaky start and hooked up with Donovan Nance, Daniel White, Henry Montoya for touchdown passes. And fullback Frederick Gilford added a 28-yard TD run in the third quarter.

  • LETTER: Writer off base about taxes

    Mr. Robert E Gallegos (in his letter published Feb. 12) stated that New Mexico’s proposed domestic-partnership legislation would create an unfair tax advantage for domestic partners over married people, such as himself. Mr. Gallegos asserts that he and his wife in 2007 would have paid 49 percent less in state and federal taxes if they had been able to file as single taxpayers.  Later he states that he and his wife would have to pay “almost $4,000 more in taxes than two single people.”

  • Editorial: Presidential power

    Here we are on Presidents Day, recognizing all those men who have served our nation at the highest level. U.S. presidents, as we’ve seen time and time again, can lift us up to the moon  or plunge us into despair. No other position wields such power, and our history is replete with lasting changes these men have brought about.

    George Washington, our first president, wouldn’t serve more than two terms. His refusal to reign like a king helped shape our destiny as a republic.

  • LETTER: A grassroot stimulus package

    You hear it once in a while in a comment, under one’s breath, in frustration or at an Obama event the other day: “Send the check to my mailbox!” It is not an option that is seriously being discussed — yet. But why not? When former treasury secretary Hank Paulson came running to Congress last fall with his three-page bank bailout plan in hand, Congressman Kucinich, for a brief moment, shone a bright spotlight on the obvious lunacy:

  • Two vying for city manager position

    Mayor Tony Marquez this week revealed the names of the two finalists for city manager — Timothy Dodge of Santa Rosa and Dan Dible of Hobbs.

    Dodge has been city manager of Santa Rosa for the last four years. Dodge, who received his bachelor of arts degree from Highlands University, has said he’s looking for a bigger town to manage.

    He has pointed to the improvements in downtown Santa Rosa as a project that he helped bring about.