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Today's News

  • Highlands regents chairman leaving to NMSU

    In 1882, Fred Harvey, the owner of the now-defunct chain of Harvey Houses, dedicated a restaurant at the Montezuma Castle before a crowd of 400 people.

    The restaurant has long since closed, the building now being occupied by the United World College.

  • COLUMN: Strength in numbers

    Yes, it’s a cliche, but there is strength in numbers. Those with more power know this rule better than anybody else.

    Last week, a city advisory task force told the City Council that film companies negotiate individually with local merchants who are affected by their productions.

    That leads to some businesses getting better compensation than others. Those with weaker negotiating skills jump at the first offer.

  • City set to finish Legion

    The Legion Drive project was delayed by a week recently because the contractor didn’t use materials that met state standards, officials said last week.

     

    City Manager Sharon Caballero said the city’s public works department discovered a deficiency in the base course. Because of the problem, she said the contractor couldn’t wet down the surface, which residents have requested to prevent dust problems.

     

    She expects the project to be completed this week.

     

  • COLUMN: Police Misconduct

     What remedies do people have if they are mistreated by law enforcement officers? Last week an interim legislative committee considered the question and heard evidence that there isn’t much that can be done under present law.

    Testimony indicated that complaints to local officials seldom result in any action. Albuquerque has some police oversight mechanisms but no one present recommended them as being models others should use.

  • Officials embarrassed about parks

    The report on city parks was damning: Bungee cords holding bleachers together. No trash cans in sight. A makeshift dump.

    Last week, a task force assigned to provide recommendations for the city’s parks and recreation center didn’t have much good to say.

    The City Council’s reaction: It’s embarrassing.

    In the summer, Mayor Tony Marquez appointed a seven-member task force to examine the city’s parks and recreation center.

  • Lady Card spikers back in Final Four

    For the second year in a row, the Robertson volleyball team (16-9) is one of the final four playing in Class 3A.

    The Lady Cardinals scored a 3-1 win Thursday morning against Lovington, then surprised fifth-seeded St. Michael's 3-1 in an afternoon quarterfinal.

    Next is a semifinal with another District 2-3A rival, Pojoaque Valley, set for 4 p.m. Friday at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center in Albuquerque.

  • LV hoops tourney matchups set

    Matchups have been announced for Las Vegas’ two prep basketball showcase events.

    The Seventh Annual Brian Gallegos Invitational is set for Dec. 4-6 at the Wilson Complex, while the Stu Clark Tournament is Dec. 29-31, also at the Highlands gym.

    The Brian Gallegos girls’ hoops event takes on a round-robin shootout format this year.

    Day one, Thursday, Dec. 4, features games between Raton and Ruidoso (4 p.m.), West Las Vegas and Socorro (5:30), and Robertson and Shiprock N.W. (7).

  • Lions have new charitable mission

    The Greater Las Vegas Lions Club has a new charitable mission to fund this year with proceeds from its annual Holiday Pecan Sale — the KidSight program in area Head Start, day care and primary grades.

    With its new iSight computerized digital screening camera, the local club will join a statewide Lions program to screen all children between 3 and 8 for early detection of vision problems that can interfere with learning and even become lifelong problems if left untreated.

  • Grand project concerns council

    Two City Council members last week said they didn’t want planned improvements to Grand Avenue to push more truck traffic to New Mexico Avenue.

    Meanwhile, the city manager backed off on a request to the state Department of Transportation to use an outside firm to help design the project. Her letter to the agency didn’t sit well with the mayor.

  • EDITORIAL: Obama must let sunshine in

    Despite problems and crises at every turn, right now President-elect Barack Obama has the goodwill of the majority on his side. He will enter the Oval Office in a strong position to affect significant change, in part because of the honeymoon he’s on with the public as well as the media.

    But as soon as he takes office, he could strengthen his position even more — by opening up some federal doors that the Bush administration has tightly shut.