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Today's News

  • Rail Runner coming through town

    The New Mexico Rail Runner Express will be making a special trip north this weekend for open house events in the cities of Raton and Las Vegas. Members of the public will be invited to climb aboard the Rail Runner and check out the train first-hand.

  • COLUMN: We all have regrets

    Often, I read stories in which someone reflects on his career or life and insists, “I have no regrets.”

    Really?

    Boy, some people must be perfect. Being an imperfect person, I have my share of regrets, especially after I read my stories in print.

    Recently, I wrote a column using the word “jihad” in referring to a battle at City Hall. A local police officer, Clarence Romero, wrote a letter to the editor, rightly chastising me for the use of that word, noting that it creates negative connotations about Muslims.

  • LETTER: ‘The problem with cockroaches’

    ‘The problem

    with cockroaches’

    During an economic downturn, citizens are willing to sacrifice as long as the burden is divided fairly.  Inequalities breed irritation and that itch, not scratched, festers and builds to a level of frustration that leaves the average man with only two options: He can curl into a fetal ball and surrender or use the ballot box and demand his voice be heard. You are the voter. You are the one person who makes politicians wake up in a cold sweat at night. You have a voice if you’ll stand up and speak.

  • EDITORIAL: Need to know; want to know

    Now that the saturation coverage over Michael Jackson’s death has subsided, leaving only the cable news channels to continue picking apart every titillating detail about his family and his dermatology, perhaps it’s a good time to take stock of the Fourth Estate.

  • Project saving money

    As work on the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary renovation project winds down, the architect says he once again had good news.

    “I know it’s difficult to believe when someone comes before you saying they have good news in the way of a change order,” Antonio Ortega told the West Las Vegas school board recently.

    He pointed to a summary from the state Public School Finance Authority that indicated that nearly $500,000 was left over on the additional available bonds for the Don Cecilio project.

  • Group seeking male mentors

    Alex Gonzales’ daughter has been in Big Brothers Big Sisters for the last five years, and by his account, the program has greatly benefited her.

    “It’s a very good program. It influences my daughter quite a bit. Her ‘big’ is a big part of her life. My daughter looks up to her,” the Las Vegas resident said.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters, which has an office in Las Vegas, is the nation’s largest mentoring organization for children 6 through 18. The group says there’s proof that it helps youths become productive citizens.

  • La Plaza a winner

    What a difference a day made for La Plaza Little League’s 11-12 baseball team.

    After Friday’s inspired performance by crosstown rival Las Vegas forced a final showdown for the District 4 championship on Saturday, La Plaza had to come up with an effective response in a hurry.

    And the boys in green and gold delivered.

  • City raises deposit fees

    The City Council last week increased deposit fees for connecting to city water and gas and reduced landlords’ liability for tenants’ utility bills.

    At its regular meeting, the council revised its utility ordinances to take care of a longtime complaint from landlords that they were having to pick up their tenants’ unpaid bills. At the 11th hour, the council also decided to increase deposits to help offset any reduction in collections because of deadbeat tenants.

  • Kids put on play after six days’ practice

    Actor Caitlin Leyba and a cast of more than 60 kid-actors put on the 2009 Missoula Children’s Theatre stage production of “The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” over the weekend.

    The West Las Vegas High School 10th-grader came up through the ranks, performing in 10 Missoula productions at the historic Ilfeld Auditorium in her young acting career. Last year, Leyba played the second lead as the sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood.

  • County's roads official retiring

    Harold Garcia, San Miguel County’s public works supervisor, and County Manager Les Montoya go back a ways.

    Montoya hired Garcia at the city a quarter century ago, with Garcia fresh from architectural training at Luna Community College.

    At the end of this month, they’ll be parting ways when Garcia retires from government service.

    Garcia has been the county’s public works supervisor for much of the last decade, hired on after Montoya, a former city manager, went to the county.