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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Conference Committess

    Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; the bill that comes out is substantially different from the two that went in.

    What happened? Hard to tell.

    Why? Because New Mexico is among a handful of states that close conference committee meetings to the public.

    So what? Depends on whether you want government to conduct business in the open or behind closed doors.

  • Agents arrest 3 in drug bust

    The regional narcotics task force says it has put a major drug operation out of business.

    On March 6, agents from the Region 4 Narcotics task force said they executed a “high-risk” search warrant at a house at 910 Gallinas St. Three men were arrested.

    Task force Sgt. Mack Allingham said agents discovered marijuana being grown inside the house, with the narcotics having an estimated worth of $7,500 to $10,000. They also found the necessary equipment, packaging materials and chemicals used to manufacture, sell and process marijuana, he said.

  • LETTER: Questioning what the law allows

    On the recent scandal at the Mora schools, I’m wondering if someone can enlighten me.

    I took a course at U.W. with one of the best law instructors from the law school at the University of Wyoming. The instructor always said that the name of juvenile offenders cannot be revealed. It was a course on Juvenile Justice. So the laws regarding juveniles differ from state to state?

    If anyone questions the course I’ve taken such as the case with my courses at the police academy, feel free to check my transcripts.  

    Rosalie Regensberg

    Holman

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... KEEPING IT OPEN. At one time, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees regularly held meetings behind closed doors. In fact, the board would open its doors for its monthly meeting and vote on a few items, then retreat into closed session, often for more than an hour. Members of the public and various employees were stuck outside while the big guys talked in secret.

  • LETTER: Teamwork will advance Luna

    I want to thank everyone who came out to vote during the LCC election. I especially want to thank my family and friends for their support.

    It is a pleasure and a privilege to be elected to such a prestigious position. I am looking forward to serving LCC and becoming a part of the Board of Trustees team. Teamwork is an essential component of all successful institutions. As a team, goals will be set and accomplished and as team we can ensure that LCC’s students will have a future filled with hope and promise.   

  • LETTER: Knowing what I know

    ... I know when I accept a new employment position I am required to have a short learning curve to learn the organization. Regardless, I am required to do my job right now!  I am chosen for a job based on my qualifications — I do not have a year of paid “learning curve” built in.

    I know that mission statements without the authority, training, planning and tools needed are no more than window dressing.

    I know that operating a company (city) without a president will result in stagnation and wasted time and money. An organization must have a leader.

  • LETTER: A psychology of prosperity

    Let us start thinking about how we are going to become debt free. Let’s start feeling good about accomplishing our goals. That is the psychology of economic prosperity. The more we are committed to our goal of economic prosperity — that’s what your going to get more of.

    If you doubt me, check it out with your friends and neighbors that are enjoying economic prosperity. If all we do is feel really bad because of all the debt we have — that’s what we are going to get more of.

  • LETTER: Seeking support for PT schedule

    A few of my classmates and friends would love to go into cosmetology. Luna Community College has a lot to offer for students willing to learn. But, they are unable to fulfill their dreams because of the hours the classes are taking place.

    A student must be there from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with few breaks in between lessons. The program is not broken down into classes and students cannot attend this program part time.

  • West works to clean up school

    Classrooms at West Las Vegas Middle School are being cleaned after a sewage backup affected a large portion of the west wing of the school.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said classes would be held Monday, but the affected area will be undergoing a major cleanup for at least another three weeks by an Albuquerque company that specializes in cleaning flooded-out areas. He said students whose classrooms are in that area of the building would be moved to other classrooms at the school.

  • LETTER: Understanding the news business

    Regarding last Friday’s letter about negative reporting:

    Our Las Vegas Optic does a fine job of finding and reporting the community news:  Issues of safety, community events, celebrations, expenditures and other public interests are all served. The newspaper serves as the public interest watchdog by being as factual as possible. Reporting all sides of a story sustains objectivity. These are all positive contributions.