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Today's News

  • Some against recording meetings

    The West Las Vegas school board doesn’t record its meetings, unlike most governing bodies.

    Some members like that policy; others question it.

    “I have visited other institutions where they record their public meetings, I was wondering why we don’t. We have to be accountable for everything we say at these board meetings,” said member David Romero, who asked that the school board consider the issue.

    Member Kenny Lujan said all meetings in the past used to be recorded, but he said nobody knows why the practice stopped.

  • Residents get both sides on Tasers

    A state police officer called Tasers an “excellent” tool that help save lives.

    But a Raton woman took an entirely different position. Monica Saenz lost her brother, Jesse Saenz, in 2007 after he was shot 23 times with a Taser by Raton officers while he was reportedly shackled.

    “Tasers pose a threat to society. They shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many lives at stake,” Saenz told a forum at Luna Community College on Thursday.

  • AS IT IS: A secrecy-obsessed attorney

    Las Vegas City Attorney Carlos Quiñones often prefers government secrecy.  

    He would be doing the public he serves a great favor if he were to make openness the rule, not the exception.

    Unfortunately, he falls into the trap that many attorneys do — only reveal what you absolutely need to, and nothing more.

    A few months ago, we found out that a City Council quorum was discussing city business outside of public meetings via e-mail, a practice denounced by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

  • Principal, teacher honored

    It’s extremely rare that both the Administrator of the Year and Music Educator of the Year would be from the same district, and even more rare that they come from the same town and the same school, officials said.

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson and Choir Director Arnell David Arellanes were honored by the New Mexico Music Educators Association during the summer break. Parson was named Administrator of the Year, and Arellanes as Music Educator of the Year. This was the third nomination for both.

  • Consolidation discussion slated

    This week, Las Vegas residents will meet over a sacred cow. The “c” word will be discussed.

    Las Vegas is the only city in New Mexico with two school districts, and this week, citizens will talk about whether that is beneficial or detrimental to the community.

    A public meeting has been scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kennedy Hall on the Highlands University campus to discuss the pros and cons of administrative consolidation. More than 30 local businesses, organizations and individuals are sponsoring the meeting, including this newspaper.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I am writing to express my thanks to the DAs Office and the New Mexico State Police for their recent work in identifying and arresting several of the individuals responsible for break-ins and burglaries over the past year in our neighborhood in Mineral Hill. Your continued attention and presence is appreciated.

    Chris Nelson

    Mineral Hill

     

  • City objects to audit

    A few months ago, the city attorney suggested that the utilities director and a councilman may have taken part in corruption by adjusting customers’ bills.  

    But a draft of an audit report commissioned to investigate this issue doesn’t indicate any criminal wrongdoing by either former Utilities Director George DuFour or the councilman, later identified as Andrew Feldman.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    On August 9, the Ride To Pride 4-H and Junior Rodeo Club hosted the finals for its 2009 Junior Rodeo Playday Series. The summer event consisted of a series of three Playdays with awards through fifth place going out to Boosters, Novice, Juniors, Seniors and an Open Division. A great family event, competitors from all over New Mexico ranging in ages 5 to 46 competed in speed and roping events.

  • EDITORIAL: Consolidation conversation

    This newspaper is in the business of conversations. We initiate them. We participate in them. We encourage them. We believe that the more our community is engaged in healthy conversation and debate, the more likely we are to find solutions to the challenges we face.

  • LETTER: Making Mineral Hill safe again

    The past several months have been difficult for those of us who live in the Mineral Hill area. We have endured multiple burglaries  that keep us on the edge of our seat.  I must say that the district attorney’s office and the state police have provided us with investigative resources that continue to help us pursue these individuals. I applaud their efforts and want to encourage them to continue to apply resources so we can resolve these crimes.