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Today's News

  • COLUMN: The risk of Obama’s choice

    The die is nearly cast and America’s newest presidential hope has chosen Hillary Clinton, the senator from New York and the spouse of an aberrantly brilliant American politician, for the important post of Secretary of State.  

    Bill Richardson, the affable, ingenious, out-of-the box guy, our ever-popular governor, ended up a distant second in the competition for this post. Those of us who like Bill and know of his uncanny capacity for insight and sound analysis — Wen Ho Lee excepted — are saddened and a bit querulous.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    As an elementary teacher at Legion Park Elementary School, I am fortunate to work with some of the greatest people on this earth — the families of Las Vegas and their children. But even with such a great job, there are moments that stand out as spectacular events. The evening of Nov. 20, when we celebrated Harvest Night, was just such a moment.

  • Officials leave City Council in dark

    For months, city staffers worked to change the purpose for more than $1 million designated for a water project.

    They kept a local developer in the loop. But no one apparently bothered to inform the City Council.

    A couple of years ago, the city obtained $1.2 million from the state Water Trust Board for a study to build pipes for the Storrie Project Water Users Association — to reduce the more than 40 percent loss in evaporation. In return, the association was expected to provide the city with more badly needed storage of water at Storrie Lake.

  • Unpaid bills discovered

    City officials say they are finding old unpaid bills in some unusual places, including desk drawers. And they contend the unexpected discoveries are having a big impact on this year’s budget.

    City Manager Sharon Caballero told the City Council on Wednesday that the city has paid $300,000 in old bills during this fiscal year, which began July 1. Some go back as far as 2006, but most are from 2007, she said.

    The bills come from different departments, Caballero said.

    “As employees have left, we have found bills in desk drawers,” Caballero said.

  • EDITORIAL: Select Balderas

    It’s all but certain that Gov. Bill Richardson is on the way to becoming the secretary of commerce in the Obama administration.

    For the last year, Richardson has given all the signs that he wants to get out of New Mexico and work the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. As such, we’re sure that Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has been preparing for the likely transition to the governor’s office, even though she has joined with Richardson in being annoyingly coy about the possibility.

  • West launches cyber program

    West Las Vegas High School is using a new program called Education 2020 where students are asked to be independent learners.

    Officials say that E2020 provides instant recovery of lost instruction and raises student achievement across all grade levels.

  • Intent of state money explained

    The city tried to change the purpose of more than $1 million it received from the state — with the encouragement of a developer.

    City officials are now fearing that they may be losing the $1.2 million because of confusion over what the money was designated for.

  • Santa Fe resident named to regents

    A Santa Fe resident has been appointed to the Highlands University Board of Regents.

    Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday announced the selection of Pete Aguilar to replace Javier Gonzales.

    Aguilar start Jan. 1 and will serve the rest of Gonzales’ term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2010. Gonzales is leaving to become a member of the Board of Regents at New Mexico State University.

  • LETTER: Other issues also discussed on panel

    To Mayor Tony Marquez:

  • COLUMN: Who are the insiders?

    I’ve come to at least one conclusion about Tony Marquez after his first nine months as Las Vegas’ mayor: He’s not giving anyone any special inside tracks to city government.

    Marquez’s critics have plenty to say: The mayor has yet to bring any of the real changes he promised in the campaign, and the city remains in a holding pattern because the mayor’s administration has yet to fill six vacant director positions.

    They also say he’s too worried about publicity at the expense of action.