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Today's News

  • COLUMN: 'He kept us safe'

    This morning, just five days before the inauguration of a new president, I had a detailed conversation with my grandson and namesake.

    I mentioned, in all sincerity, that Bush had ended the year on a positive note. “He demonstrated remarkable leadership, was strong, was quick to make the right decisions, acted courageously and, in the final distillation, made a lot of people happy.”

  • City responds to Plaza suggestions

    The city plans to take action on recommendations from a citizens advisory committee studying issues related to Plaza events and filmmaking.

    The committee, which presented its recommendations a couple of months ago, had asked the city to provide public restrooms for Plaza Park and a permanent bandstand attached to the gazebo.

    Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, told the City Council last week that the city can include those two projects in the annual infrastructure capital improvements plan.

  • COLUMN: Divorce doesn't go through

    SANTA FE — I’ve told this one before but it is even more appropriate now. It illustrates how politics works, anywhere, at the most basic level.

    It was 1994. Gov. Bruce King was running for a second consecutive term. Lt. Gov. Casey Luna had left the fold. Patricia Madrid and Diane Denish were the leading contenders to replace Luna.

    On primary election night, Democrats met at the Hilton Inn, by the Big I, in Albuquerque. Much of the interest centered on the close race for lieutenant governor. Both candidates had big hospitality rooms.

  • City may create charter panel

    For months, Las Vegas resident Alex Aragon has been pleading with the City Council to form a commission to review and suggest changes to the city’s charter, which serves as Las Vegas’ constitution.

    Aragon contends the charter is outdated, noting that it was drafted nearly four decades ago as part of the combination of the two Las Vegases.

  • Woman says fianc had seatbelt on

    The fiancée of a man who died after a car accident on Sunday says she wants all the facts to come in before it is determined he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    Andalicia Casaus, the fiancée of Daniel Garcia Jr., 22, said her fiancé always wore a seatbelt and that she wanted state police to complete their investigation before any conclusions are made.

    State police said earlier this week that Garcia wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and that the victim was ejected from the car.

  • EDITORIAL: Openness can only help

    For years, the Las Vegas City Council and city staffers have discussed the thoughts and statements of Floyd Duran, a federal official with great power over the local housing authority.

    The Las Vegas native placed the authority on troubled status in 2005, which meant greater federal scrutiny. But he has said nothing publicly about the process since that time.

  • Ladies' Night: WLV, RHS, Mora girls' teams win big

    Controlling everything from tempo to rebounding, West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team had little trouble with visiting Tucumcari on Tuesday night.

    West won 63-27.

    The 10-3 Lady Dons won big for the second game in four days (after routing Dexter on Saturday). The team plays its third game in a five-day stretch tonight when Santa Fe High returns to town.

    West came out of the gates looking to seize control early and sprinted to a 31-7 first-period lead.

  • Blaze destroys two mobile homes

    A fire destroyed two mobile homes on Sheridan Road on Monday night, officials said.

    San Miguel County Fire Marshal Russell Pacheco said the owners of the homes were remodeling them. He said they built a fire in a wood stove and then left to a nearby house, where they were staying.

    The fire happened around 7 p.m about two miles south of the KOA Campground on Sheridan Road.

    “The wood stove caught the house on fire. No one was living in the mobile homes,” Pacheco said.

    He said the home was owned by a members of the Urioste family.

  • COLUMN: We have failed as an industry

    I’ve been reading the Albuquerque Journal for more than two decades; as the state’s largest newspaper, it’s been my bible for New Mexico news.

    But the Journal, like the rest of us, is having to make serious cutbacks in this recession.

    In last Friday’s Journal, tucked away on the bottom of the business page deep inside the Journal, the paper ran a story with the headline, “Journal announces newsroom changes.”

  • Officials eye use of Tasers at jail

    Some members of the County Commission expressed concern on Wednesday about using a type of stun gun at the county jail, but they decided to let two jail officials get training on how to use the weapons.

    As it stands, the jail uses pepper spray on inmates who get out of control. They have to call in city or state police when pepper spray doesn’t work, and those agencies use Tasers, weapons that deliver electric shocks to immobilize people.