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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    DOWN thumb ... INFORMATION AND POWER GAMES. Information, it has been said, is power. And it’s certainly a potent force in City Hall battles over the past year. Months ago, after Mayor Tony Marquez took over, councilors Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal charged that they were being kept out of the loop on matters of importance, and now its Councilman Andy Feldman saying essentially the same thing; he says the mayor isn’t providing him with information related to George Du Four’s dismissal at utilities director.

  • Groups push literacy causes

    Most people take such things for granted — reading stories to their children, ordering a meal from a menu, understanding road signs and even completing a job application.

    The fact is that 46 percent of adult New Mexicans can’t read, and in San Miguel County, the figure rises to 59 percent.

    The Leap for Literacy Fair held recently at the city’s recreation center is just one of a number of events that a coalition of community organizations, schools and business people are organizing to try to put a dent in these statistics.

  • LETTER: Support for RHS students

    In just a few months the graduating class of 2009 will join the ranks of a proud and accomplished group of people.

    For decades, Robertson High School graduates have gone on to productive careers in politics, science, media, education and the arts.

    As proud graduates of RHS, we share memories of our years in the halls and classrooms: joking with friends, cheering on each other’s accomplishments, and helping each other through difficult times.

  • LETTER: Shape up or resign

    Open letter to Mayor Marquez and the Las Vegas City Council:

    When you took office 10 months ago, I had the privilege of attending the “strategic planning sessions” you held with the department heads and council members.  Your “State of the City” address was impressive and promised new vision and positive action to move the city forward. Ten months later, what do we have that indicates forward progress?

  • Win slips away from RHS girls

    Jamie Velasquez stole the ball from Daniella Montoya, darted up the floor and nailed a layup with 12 seconds left. Then 6-3 Sarah Hattis blocked Kassandra Tapia’s shot at the buzzer.

    And that’s how visiting St. Michael’s snatched victory away from Robertson on Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The loss severely damages the Lady Cardinals’ hopes of catching one of the top three spots in District 2-3A. Robertson has lost two in a row to slip to 11-12 and 3-4 in district.

  • Cowboys' turnaround hits 15 games, breaks RMAC record

    The New Mexico Highlands University men’s basketball team has set a lot of records this season and the Cowboys notched one more honor to their belts as they have broken the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Time Best Turnaround record .

    That mark was previously held by the 1986-87 Western State College basketball team. The 1986-87 Mountaineers improved upon their 1985-86 record of 5-21 to 19-13 the very next season (14 games).

  • COLUMN: Vices, vicissitudes, values

    It is with great consternation that I undertake this discussion. True to the column heading, I speak of the dulce  y amargo that has surfaced in the local school environment of late.

    I am very ill at ease with the current Robertson and the prior West Las Vegas incidents and their far-reaching effects — on the community, on individuals, especially children, on my beloved, chosen profession.

  • LETTER: Misinformed 300 caused bond defeat

    Dear 300 (the Pecos Independent Schools District’s bond question was defeated 300-263): We live in a democracy, and as a taxpaying American, I understand and respect the democratic process. That means that the 300 sheep who followed their shepherds and voted against the bond have now labeled Pecos, Ilfeld, Rowe, and San Juan as communities that don’t value education, communities that aren’t willing to invest in their most valuable resource — their children.

  • LETTER: Death was covered inappropriately

    Seth Grant was a person, not a patient.  I’m not sure what allowed your paper to identify him as a “patient” residing in a boarding home. There are privacy laws which prohibit  disclosure of a person’s medical history without due process.  I believe your labeling of Seth as a patient was in violation of these laws, or do you lose those protections if you’re dead? I guess that’s a question for the lawyer.

  • EDITORIAL: Jerome Block steps forward

    We were certainly no fan of his during the last election, but we might just change our mind about Jerome Block if he keeps up the good work he has started. The newly elected Public Regulation Commission member has stepped forward to address a matter that no one else wanted to claim responsibility for.