Today's News

  • Memorial Middle School goes green

    At Memorial Middle School, students don’t just talk about the environment — they get hands-on lessons.

    The Memorial Middle School agricultural science center emphasizes agricultural, horticultural and natural resource science. Students are learning about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, as they grow their own fruits and vegetables, build wind turbines and learn about solar power.

  • Deputy chief to run for recruiting effort

    Most people are still sleeping when Christian Montao, Las Vegas’ deputy police chief, gets up to exercise.

    Since Jan. 3, Montao has logged 204 miles of running and plans to add another 30 in the next week and a half. He has also done 35 hours of cross training.

    He is preparing to take part in a 15.2-mile run as part of the the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces on March 30.

    Officer Eric Padilla plans to march 15.2 miles, Montao said.

  • County plans bike, walking path

    San Miguel County is working on a long-term effort to extend the city riverwalk all the way to United World College in Montezuma, an official said this week.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, said the county is working on a master plan created in the 1990s when County Manager Les Montoya was then serving as city manager. The riverwalk in town was finished in the 1990s. “It’s going to be a nice project. The county wants to do its part,” Garcia said.

  • Springwater

    I'm sitting on the floor next to the woodstove listening to the radio

    it's bringing me voices of protest against the war

    tens of thousands from all over the country



    drumming voices

    when slowly i begin to weep


    then im sobbing bent forward into my hands it all comes rushing out of my

    shoulders out of my spine

    which must be where ive been putting all of those endless stories of death

    the 8.4 billion a month spent

    the seemingly unstoppable abuse of power

  • Five cheerleaders kicked off team

    Five West Las Vegas High School cheerleaders were removed from the team this week in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident in Albuquerque last weekend, an official said Wednesday.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu confirmed that cheerleading coach Krystle King made the decision to remove the cheerleaders. He said he was fine with the coach’s decision.

  • The hidden paradise

    As three movies were filming in town last month I came to realize that the world has discovered our secret, and how great Las Vegas really is.

    When I drive down Seventh and Eighth streets, I see rows of Victorian homes. On the west side of town there are hundreds of traditional southwestern homes, which show off the architecture of the original Las Vegas. I am told that the same houses in another part of the country would cost five to 10 times as much and that the Victorians would be priced at least $1 million.

  • Polish your plate!

    My Polish grandma died five years ago. Babcia lived in the middle apartment of a triple tenement house in New England for all of her married life. She worked all those years, too, in a beat-up shoe factory she called the “coop.” When I was a kid, I thought she meant it like a chicken coop, a place of barbed wire and rows of feathered ladies like hens producing shiny patent leather inventory. Later I learned it was really short for The Cooperative. Babcia spent long days drilling tiny holes into men’s wing- tipped shoes. She was an artist.

  • State reps to face rivals in primary

    Most state lawmakers will run unopposed this year, but that’s not the case with two area state representatives.

    Tuesday was filing day for candidates for state and county offices.

    District 70 state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, is facing two opponents in the June 3 Democratic primary, Luna Community College purchasing agent Naomi Montoya and building contractor Travis Regensberg. Both had already publicly revealed their intentions.

  • Council to hold organizational meeting

    The new four-member City Council will meet for the first time on Monday — a session in which the mayor said he hopes to set the city on a positive direction.

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who took office earlier this month, is setting an organizational meeting for 6 p.m. in the council’s chambers at City Hall.

    He is planning another meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the San Miguel County Commission’s chambers in the old courthouse.

  • Group performing for less than year

    Marissa Baca and Kayla Gonzales front the group Mariachi Cardenal Juvenil with their singing abilities as other band members pound out the rhythm on their guitarrnes, trumpets and violins.

    Those listening to the music may be surprising that the middle school group has been playing for less than a year.