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Today's News

  • Mora official explains practices

    State Auditor Hector Balderas said this week he believes mismanagement and a lack of training are the core issues in a recent state audit of the Mora school district.

    He recently released an audit that found that most of the money deposited into a discretionary account was done so improperly.

    In an interview this week, the district’s business manager, Agnes Padilla, said the district often found it easier to use the account in question. She also said the district lacked policies for some expenditures.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    The Ride To Pride 2009 Annual Benefit, Dinner, Dance and Auction proved to be another success! Serving over 280 persons for the dinner, the fundraiser brought in over $12,000 in proceeds. An outstanding success that could not have been done without the support our community. On behalf of Ride To Pride, the Board of Trustees would like to thank the following for their generous support of this year’s event:

  • East has some bus scheduling problems, but teams getting to games

    Las Vegas City Schools student board member Molly Salman last week hit a nerve with Superintendent Rick Romero when she reported that the women’s soccer team was having trouble getting bus service for out-of-town games.

    “Something that has been brought to my attention is that two or three times, the girl’s soccer team has not been able to get a bus to take them to a district game. They have either not got a bus at all or had to wait two hours for one to arrive,” Salman said.

  • Letter: Flores was an activist to the core

    We’ve lost yet another significant member of our community. On Monday, Oct. 19, Steve Flores passed away. Thankfully, he was at home with his family, where he wanted to be.

    Steve was founder and president of the Northern New Mexico Hispano Coalition. He was a founding and active member of the San Miguel County Detention Center Citizen Advisory Committee. Steve’s advocacy work on behalf of those unjustly treated by the system was invaluable.

  • Robertson replaces potentially dangerous boiler

    The potentially dangerous boiler at Robertson High School has been replaced.

    And the leaking roof at Sierra Vista Elementary School will be repaired in short order, officials promised.

    “We’ve got a brand spanking new boiler that was built for the Las Vegas City Schools district,” Superintendent Rick Romero said at last week’s school board meeting. “We didn’t have any choice, and I didn’t think the board would appreciate us not having heat at Robertson High School during the winter season.”

  • Dulcey Amargo: We thought it worked

    In today’s column, Art Trujillo mentioned his granddaughter, Ellen, and a “mal ojo” incident. At a presentation on Latino folklore last week, an audience member referred to mal ojo. Subsequently, memories of experiences with this and other topics of Hispanic folklore (the learning of the people) surged in my consciousness.

  • Coach hopes for better at regionals

    Calling this past Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships “pretty much a mixed bag for us,” New Mexico Highlands head coach Bob DeVries said he hopes for a much better effort in the regional meet two weeks from now in Wayne, Neb.

    NMHU placed seventh in each of the men’s and women’s races Saturday, a middle-of-the-pack showing in NCAA Division II’s most talent-heavy conference. Adams State, the owner of multiple national titles, cruised to team victories in both races.

  • State soccer pairings announced

    Pairings for the state high school soccer tournaments have been announced by the New Mexico Activities Association, and Robertson's boys and girls know who they're playing, when and where this weekend to open the postseason.

    Coach Clarence Montoya's Cardinals are the No. 8 seed in the Class 1A-3A boys' bracket and will host No. 9 Bloomfield at 3 p.m. Friday at RHS Field.

    The winner moves on to play No. 1 Sandia Prep at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the new Sue Cleveland High in Rio Rancho.

  • Officials disagree on runoff elections

    Neither Las Vegas’ mayor nor three of the four City Council members got a majority of the vote when they were elected.

    Only Councilwoman Diane Moore enjoys the distinction of clearing the 50 percent hurdle when she won in a landslide over then-Councilman Michael Montoya in 2006.

    Council members agree that some type of runoff is needed to ensure that council winners have majority support. But they differ over how to make this happen.

  • Dave's Drive-In: Bent for 'Leather'

    In the 1920s, professional football was regarded as something of an oddity, certainly no comparison to the glory of the college ranks; women sports writers were a novelty in the press box; and the guys on the gridiron wore simple leather caps for protection.

    That’s the America we’re introduced to in “Leatherheads,” a 2008 film co-authored by Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated. George Clooney directs and stars as Dodge Connelly, an aging back (and coach) for the Duluth Bulldogs pro team.