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Today's News

  • Read me a story!

    Willa, age 3, runs up to her mom with a library book in hand.“Read me a story,” she begs. Maria Seefz, Willa’s mom, is delighted to read to her daughter.Seefz is an elementary education teacher and is passionate about the value of reading out loud and talking about story books with Willa.

    Seefz only hopes she will find the same strong support for reading in Alamosa, Colo., that they have found at the Carnegie Public Library’s children’s program. The Carnegie program has meant a lot to them both. But they are leaving for Colorado in two weeks.

  • The things we fear

    Fear can be many different things to people, not just the bogeyman in the closet.

    Fear for some people is the doll sitting on the shelf, the darkness of the closet or the unknown.

    I was watching this movie where the girl goes to a psychiatric center because she is terrified of the bogeyman. One of the guys there ends up being her really good friend, and he is terrified of the dark. The light in her closet goes out, and he just stands there and won't even help her change it because he is so afraid of what might be in there and what he can't see.

  • Student's parents sue City Schools

    The parents of a local boy suspended in connection with alleged hazing at a football camp are suing the East school district, alleging it failed to give their son due process.

    Ella Arellano and Paul Armijo, represented by Santa Fe attorney Stephen Aarons, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court earlier this month, claiming that the Las Vegas City Schools violated their son’s civil rights.

    In September, the district placed five Robertson High School football players on one-year suspensions and expelled a sixth one.

  • Laughing at death, celebrating life

    Casa de Cultura director Miguel Angel sees the Day of the Dead as a celebration of life. “It is a way to poke fun at death,” Angel said.

    “Since we are all going in that direction, why not laugh at death while we are alive? The flowers and the sugar skulls, the pan dulce, all are reminders that life is sweet.”

    Central features of the day of the dead, or dia de los muertos, are the “ofrendas,” which are altars or memorials to the deceased, and “calaveras,” various representations of skulls and skeletons.

  • District strikes rule on jackets

    On a recent day, it was cold, but the Las Vegas City Schools hadn’t lit its boilers yet for the season.

    Nonetheless, some teachers insisted that students stick to the dress code, meaning no jackets worn inside schools.

    That’s a policy the district eliminated this week.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero told school board members the district was not prepared for the cold weather that hit the city last week.

  • Woman told she's on TSA list

    The elderly mother of a Las Vegas woman said that she was moved from her wheelchair, spread-eagled and physically searched by the Transportation Security Administration in Albuquerque. She says it’s not the first time and that officers searched her dog, too.

    Patricia Anderson, 85, of Everett, Wash., visits her daughter, Cordia Sammeth, every year in Las Vegas. Sammeth drives her mother down to Las Vegas from Washington; Anderson returns home by plane.

  • West shows school spirit

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson told a spirited crowd at the 2008 homecoming pep rally that this was one of the most fun-filled and best homecoming weeks he’s seen at the school in many years.

    Student council president Christa Lucero and members Enrique Archuleta, Jessica Blea, Brittani Broman and Jamie Archuleta acted as masters of ceremony overseeing a pep rally that was filled with games, a student versus staff and alumni dance off, and cheerleading and dance team performances.

  • Las Vegan takes on big law firm

    Albuquerque attorney Russ Whitener advertises statewide with the slogan, “Before you accept a quick check, check with me.”

    A Las Vegas family did check with the lawyer, but he failed to do his job, according to a lawsuit filed last week in District Court in Las Vegas.

    Joe Robert Encinias, a former Robertson High School student, is suing the Whitener Law Firm, alleging the firm didn’t have the ability to handle a claim against the Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Montoyas lose in land grant dispute

    The New Mexico Supreme Court has let stand a lower court decision against a family trying to get ownership of land from the Tecolote Land Grant.

    The decision follows a hearing before the full Supreme Court on Oct 14.

  • Officials blame confusion on state mailer

    Some voters are confused about when they can vote early at the San Miguel County clerk’s office — a problem that local officials blame on the secretary of state’s office.

    Additionally, some residents wonder why the clerk’s office can’t be open during the noon lunch hour. After hearing the complaints, the clerk’s office decided this week to keep the office open during lunch in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 general election.