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Today's News

  • A good pick

    The San Miguel County Commission voted recently to apply for federal funds to complete the drainage and road improvements in Tecolote.

    The first phase of the project focused on drainage — more so than expected. If the county hadn’t done so, any road improvements would have been futile, being washed away within a year or two.

  • Mayor restricts flow of city info

    City Hall is tightening the flow of information by requiring that all media inquiries be routed through both the city manager’s and the mayor’s offices.

    It’s a reversal of longstanding policies in city government.

  • NM racing panel OKs license for track in Raton

    ALBUQUERQUE — Horse racing may be returning to Raton.

    The New Mexico Racing Commission approved the license application by Horse Racing at Raton on Monday, making way for the construction of the proposed $50 million track. The proposed horse racetrack and casino could begin live racing as early as 2010.

    Commissioners picked among Raton, in northeastern New Mexico, and two rival applicants: Coronado Park Partners in Tucumcari and Pueblo of Pojoaque Development in Santa Fe.

  • Students get introduction to Vegas

    Local college and high school students jammed historic Plaza Park last week for the Student Welcome Back Fiesta.

    Students gathered on Friday night from the United World College, Luna Community College, Highlands University, West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School to enjoy the free food, fun and live music from the local band, “Sangre Joven.”

    Highlands University anthropology major Brittany McCloud is a peer mentor and was at the student fiesta with a group of seven students from the university’s Melody Residence Hall.

  • It wasn't a gaffe

    It seems as if the only time the word “gaffe” ever comes up in the media is during presidential elections every four years. With cameras ever-present, it’s natural for them to make a few public mistakes now and then.

    The media have made a big to-do about the verbal stumbles of both Barack Obama and John McCain — at the expense of coverage about their philosophies and positions on the issues. It’s a sad reality that sensation trumps substance just about any day of the week, especially on the presidential campaign trail.

  • West district gets new law firm

    The West Las Vegas School board has hired a new law firm to represent its interests.

    At a recent meeting, the board came out of closed session and announced the Cuddy Law Firm will take over duties from Sutin, Thayer and Brown, which has been the attorney firm of record for the last couple of years.

    It wasn’t clear if the board discussed the issue behind closed doors. Contracts can’t be an item for discussion in closed sessions under state law.

  • Udall campaigns in Las Vegas

    Tom Udall ended his two-week “Doing Right By New Mexico Tour” in his campaign for U.S. senator with a rally in Las Vegas.

    “The reason we’re finishing our tour in Las Vegas is because this has been one of my banner counties in all the years that I’ve run for office, and I hope to get everyone excited and geared up and move into these last 70 days of the campaign,” said Udall, a Democrat who has represented northern New Mexico in Congress for a decade.

  • Principal: Expel six students

    Robertson High School’s principal is recommending the expulsion of six football players from the school district in connection with alleged hazing during a team camp, officials said Monday.

    According to a press release, Principal Richard Lopez made the decision in response to alleged wrongdoing during the four-day camp, which took place a couple of weeks ago. The expulsions are subject to a formal hearing process.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said the district has completed its investigation of the students. The state police are also looking into the matter.

  • Balderas says he wants to protect whistleblowers

    State Auditor Hector Balderas says he’s trying to make it easier to report fraud.

    He recently launched New Mexico’s first statewide fraud and abuse hotline, 1-866-OSA-FRAUD. The toll-free hotline allows New Mexicans to report suspected governmental fraud and abuse anonymously, without fear of retaliation.

    “By partnering with New Mexicans across the state and encouraging the reporting of fraud, waste and abuse, I firmly believe we can limit the financial scandals that have plagued New Mexico and save our taxpayers millions of dollars” Balderas said.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Unfortunately, hazing fairly common

    We all know about the “alleged” hazing incident which occurred last week involving the Robertson football team, and until the official investigation is over I believe it is important to use the word “alleged.”