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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Corruption in New Mexico

    SANTA FE — “Corruption is the most enduring tradition in New Mexico’s history.”

    Those are the words of my favorite historian, Dave Clary of Roswell reacting to last week’s column about New Mexico ranking low in a recent study to identify the most corrupt states in the nation.

    USA Today analyzed Department of Justice statistics for the past 10 years to find the states with the most convictions of public officials per 100,000 population.

  • EDITORIAL: The meanings of Christmas

    (Editor’s note: This editorial first appeared on Christmas Day 2007.)

    We don’t think a secular, general circulation newspaper is the place to advance any one religious belief. It isn’t appropriate or even right to push our faith off on good people who believe differently. And, frankly, inclusiveness is consistent with our view that there are many paths to the Truth, and our search isn’t the only way to get there.

  • EDITORIAL: Christmas in jail

    It’s been a full year since Gilberto Reyes has been in the San Miguel County jail. His trial for a charge of distribution of marijuana is set for late February.

    We suppose the players in our local justice system would argue that they are ensuring Reyes’ constitutional right to a speedy trial. We think such a claim is hogwash.

    As we have stated in this space before, we consider this case a huge failure of our justice system. And the blame goes around to all involved — the judge, the prosecutors and the defense attorney.

  • Bikers still giving out toys

    There were lots of smiling faces as kids lined up for toys at the annual Toys for Tots give away sponsored by the Los Hermanos Motorcycle club.

    Club president Gerald Romero said, “We do this as a way to give back to our community. When you see children in line who might not otherwise get a present, that brings a great joy to our hearts — to see the smile on their little faces when they get a toy makes this special. Even though we’re grown men, this is enough to bring us close to tears because of the joy we see all around.”

  • Ringside may reopen in a few weeks

    Joe’s Ringside, which closed a few months ago, may reopen in the next few weeks, its operator says.

    A hold was placed on Ringside’s liquor license some months ago after the business failed to pay its taxes, a state official said.

    Rexann Bustamante, who took the reins a couple of years ago, confirmed the problem last week but said the Ringside has obtained a loan to help pay those taxes.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas City Museum’s Holiday Open was a success. About 40 attendees enjoyed the debut of “Jazzology,” a new singing group, holiday songs played by Ann Mishler, and tours of the collections. Donations for a number of raffle tickets were received by the Friends of the Museum, and money will go to the endowment fund.

  • COLUMN: Nice guy or mean guy?

    “Are you the nice guy or the mean guy?” What? I hadn’t been asked that question in years. Hearing it, I harked w-a-y back, to 1966, when I still lived at my birthplace, at 906 Railroad, in a barrio we called “Tuff Street.”

    Every house got a little tuffer, and I lived in the last house. The person who inquired about my naughty- and nice-ness used to live in the second-to-the-last house.

  • LETTER: Four-lane option better for all

    In response to the column on the  options for Grand Street Improvements, we would like to offer the following comments. Our firm has had no involvement in this project except as residents and business owner in the area.

  • School's trophy cases damaged

    At least three youths vandalized the Robertson High School gym early Tuesday morning, police said.

    Robertson staff discovered the three around 5:30 a.m. and immediately called police, officials said. The  youths caused about $15,000 in damage, which included the school’s trophy cases, police said.

    Officers were able to apprehend one of the three, a 16-year-old Robertson student, Police Chief Gary Gold said. The other two were believed to be a Robertson student and a dropout from West Las Vegas High School, he said. 

  • Madrid: City may lose money

    City Councilman Morris Madrid expressed doubt this week that the city would be able to meet a deadline to get more than $1 million from the state government.

    “We may have to wave goodbye to that money,” he said.

    Other city officials, meanwhile, are holding out hope that the city will get the $1.2 million from the state Water Trust Board, which is part of the New Mexico Finance Authority.

    The controversy over the money has been a big subject at City Council meetings over the last month.