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Today's News

  • Ilfeld's free features

    Feature films in an historic auditorium. Popcorn, snacks and refreshments on sale. Free admission, open to the public. Conveniently located.

    It’s too good to be true, right?

    Really, it’s just too good. The historic Ilfeld Auditorium’s Cineflex program shows a variety of first-run films and documentaries free to NMHU students and the public Wednesdays from fall through the spring.

  • Witness to war

    Dr. Charlie Clements speaks at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at United World College, on the topic of his book and award-winning documentary, “Witness to War.”

    Clements is a human rights activist and public health physician.

    Throughout the years, Clements has faced several moral dilemmas that shaped his life. As a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy who had flown more than 50 missions in the Vietnam War, he decided the war was immoral and refused to fly missions in support of the invasion of Cambodia.

  • Work of Art - Is Joe Six-Pack impressed?

    One of the things that make a reporter’s job difficult is the ever-popular “no comment,” uttered by politicians to reporters who make them squirm.

    Even back in the ‘50s, the TV producers of the popular sit-com “Dobie Gillis” were aware of the face-saving remark and had Maynard G. Krebs tutoring Gillis, played by Dwayne Hickman, in saying “no comment” before running for high school student council.

  • Highlands homecoming nears

    New Mexico Highlands University celebrates homecoming 2008 with a full week of events under the theme “Let’s Ride.”

    Student Senate President Nicole Parra-Perez said some of the highlights during this year’s homecoming week include Tuesday’s HU Idol event at the ballroom — a takeoff on American Idol, with lots of talented people competing for the title as Highlands Idol.

  • County planning to get state funds

    San Miguel County is taking the first steps to seek funding from the state Legislature, which convenes in January.

    This week, the County Commission generally agreed with County Manager Les Montoya’s recommendations for requests for legislative funding.

    Montoya’s top requests include:

    • Hydrological assessment to see how much water there is in high-growth rural areas. This request would be in conjunction with the city of Las Vegas.

  • Forums being held tonight

    The Las Vegas Optic will hold a candidates forum tonight at Memorial Middle School’s auditorium.

    The Optic will take audience questions for the candidates.

    From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the County Commission candidates will take center stage. The District 2 candidates are Democrat Marcellino Ortiz and Republican Mary Bridget Maloney. From District 5 are Democrat Nicolas Leger and Republican Fred Romero.

  • Officials seeking a roads schedule

    San Miguel County commissioners said this week they would like to have a schedule for maintenance of the county’s rural roads.

    The county’s top roads official said he could create such a schedule, as he has done before. But he warned that he couldn’t make any promises on dates for maintenance.

    At Tuesday’s commission meeting, Chairman David Salazar asked Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, to create such a schedule, so residents know when their roads are due for maintenance.

  • Community perspective - Casa de Cultura

    Casa de Cultura is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our goal is to create a cultural environment in Northern New Mexico with the main focus on youth development.

    When we realized that cultural erosion was a fact of life, Casa members proposed a strategy to re-establish a culturally centered community versus a consumer center community. This has become the centerpiece of the organization.

  • West planning homecoming

    West Las Vegas is promising a bigger and better homecoming this year.

    West Las Vegas homecoming 2008 will feature a lot of activities that through the years went by the wayside such as singing the school fight song around a towering bonfire and handing out corsages for parents of seniors.

    Thanks to the creativity of the student council, homecoming week will also include many things that will create an atmosphere of spirit for the student body and the community, organizers said.

  • Democrat criticizes opponent

    The embattled Jerome Block, a candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, has shied away from debating his only opponent in the Nov. 4 election.

    But in the last few days, Block has taken shots at his Green Party rival, Rick Lass, on a new blog on his web site.

    For months, Block’s site was limited to photos of himself in front of various scenes, including a sunset, mountains and solar panels.