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Today's News

  • Proposed wind rules called ‘one-sided’

    San Miguel County officials are proposing stricter rules for wind farms, but some say the county’s effort is “one-sided.”

    Last year, the county set up a task force to recommend changes for the county’s 6-year-old ordinance regulating wind farms. This was in response to a Chicago-based company’s interest in setting up wind turbines on the peak in Bernal, which has caused a controversy in that area.

  • LETTER: Served proudly, now struggling

     

     I grew up in Mora, my family is from Buena Vista. The men on both sides of my familia were honored, almost obligated, to join the military, like my Uncle Moises Solano, Ernesto and Louie Garcia, my tio David Ulibarri Sr.., to include my niece Ethni Valdez from Las Aguitas whom just got extended again after six years as a Marine. All of these U.S. soldiers placed our lives for our little parts of Heaven here in Northern New Mexico.

  • Vegas police seeking officers

    The Las Vegas Police Department is looking to fill three officer positions.

    The department starts out at $15 an hour for certified officers, which Police Chief Gary Gold said makes the local agency one of the highest-paying in northern New Mexico.

    The department will offer higher pay to officers with more experience, as is called for under a pay plan.

    Gold said the department is short manpower because a number of officers are taking leave for such things as injuries and the military.

  • Teacher, principal inspire music programs

    Will the third time be the charm for Gene Parson and Arnell David Arellanes?

    For a third year, the West Las Vegas principal and choir director have been nominated as Outstanding School Administrator and Music Educator of the Year, respectively.

    Each year, the New Mexico Music Educators Association recognizes an administrator who has demonstrated support for and commitment to high quality music education programs in their school.

  • Cosmetology students show off talents

    Remember Blondie”s hairstyle? How about the beehive that was popular for some reason or Betty Boop’s curls?

    They were all part of the “Blast from the Past” show highlighting graduating students in the School of Cosmetology at Luna Community College.

    Elvis was there too, a.k.a. Paul Hurtado, entertained the crowd during intermission with a repertoire of oldies.

    Luna President Pete Campos said the college is a place of learning, where students get hands-on training.

  • EDITORIAL: Cooperation important

    When it comes to fighting crime, the sum of law enforcement agencies is often greater than the parts. That’s especially true in rural areas such as Mora County.

    As such, it’s troubling to find out that the Mora County sheriff and the state police aren’t getting along. Indeed, their leaders aren’t even talking.

    In Mora County, all 911 calls go to the state police. That makes sense because the Mora County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t operate around the clock. There are only five deputies, including the sheriff, and no detectives.

  • City gets money for road projects

    The city says it’s been approved for a number of road construction projects and a pedestrian walkway.

    Officials said the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District recently notified the city that the state has given the green light for three road construction projects and the walkway, which were projects submitted for federal stimulus funding.

  • LETTER: Concerned about posting positions

    I am concerned with the Mora Independent Schools administration and school board’s decision to post all the jobs for the coaching positions. A coach’s job is one of the most important positions in a school district. They are teachers, counselors and mentors.

  • COLUMN: Pair won't likely return

    Earlier this year, the sexual allegations against Robertson High School Principal Richard Lopez and teacher and golf coach Jay Quintana made big headlines. Both were put on leave, and the matters were referred to the police. A woman alleged that Lopez harassed her a couple of times when she was trying to apply for a job. And Quintana was said to have sexually abused a golf team member for five years, starting when the alleged victim was 14.

    Let’s make one thing abundantly clear: Both of these men are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • EDITORIAL: A good approach

    We appreciate the way in which Highlands University officials are proceeding with plans to build a new student center — by hosting a well-attended community meeting for public input and promising to seek student input as well. A student center isn’t just another construction project for the school, it’s a big deal for a lot of people, so it’s only right to involve as many people as you can along the way.