Today's News

  • 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.

  • ENMU holds off Cowgirls in NMHU opener

    Twice down the stretch Monday night, the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls rallied back from double-digit deficits. But both times, the Eastern New Mexico Zias were able to safeguard their lead, rolling to a 98-84 win at the Wilson Complex.

    The game was the season and home opener for NMHU (0-1) and the head coaching debut of Tiffany Darling. ENMU improves to 1-1.

  • EDITORIAL: Fully examine acquisition

    It’s an exciting prospect that Highlands University may acquire the College of Santa Fe, a private school founded in 1859.

    But the Highlands University Board of Regents should fully examine the idea — and involve the public — before making any kind of decision.

    The advantages of such a merger are obvious: A combination of the two schools will mean more specialties and programs with greater depth, and that is sure to benefit the student body.

  • Council expected to select public housing director

    The Las Vegas City Council will consider hiring a new director for the local public housing authority. at its meeting Wednesday night.

    The council’s agenda states that the recommended candidate is Robert Pacheco, but it doesn’t indicate what his experience is.

    The position has been vacant since the summer when a council majority voted to let go the housing director and five other city directors.

    City officials have taken a go-slow approach to filling the six vacant positions, saying the city is benefitting from the savings in a tight budget year.