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Today's News

  • No 'blind eye' at East schools

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, had a message for employees Tuesday: No one’s going to turn a “blind eye” to bullying.

    The district held a rare all-staff meeting late in the afternoon in the auditorium at Memorial Middle School. Hundreds showed up, including teachers, custodians and cooks.

    It was only for employees, but from outside, one could hear Romero giving an emotional speech about the dangers of bullying. He urged all employees to do their part to report any problems that they witness.

  • Moore: Loosen water rules

    City Councilman Diane Moore is urging the city to make exceptions to his heightened water restrictions.

    Last week, she asked her fellow council members to consider special permits for things like fundraising car washes as the city remains in Stage 1 water restrictions.

    During a report at last week’s council meeting, City Manager Sharon Caballero gave an update on the city’s water situation. Because of recent rains, the Gallinas River is flowing with up to 30 million gallons a day; the reservoirs are at 97 percent of capacity.

  • Annual fair called a success

    The 30th annual People’s Faire was a success again this year, officials say.

    Vendors from around the area and state offered everything from jewelry to handmade toys and jellies.

    Rosa Vigil said this was her first year selling goods at the fair. She said it had been pretty steady at her booth where she was selling homemade beading.

    “My daughter-in-law and I do beading, and we’re doing a decent business. We just started, and this is our first time here at the People’s Faire. So we’re hoping to come back next year,” Vigil said.

  • A good pick

    The San Miguel County Commission voted recently to apply for federal funds to complete the drainage and road improvements in Tecolote.

    The first phase of the project focused on drainage — more so than expected. If the county hadn’t done so, any road improvements would have been futile, being washed away within a year or two.

  • Mayor restricts flow of city info

    City Hall is tightening the flow of information by requiring that all media inquiries be routed through both the city manager’s and the mayor’s offices.

    It’s a reversal of longstanding policies in city government.

  • NM racing panel OKs license for track in Raton

    ALBUQUERQUE — Horse racing may be returning to Raton.

    The New Mexico Racing Commission approved the license application by Horse Racing at Raton on Monday, making way for the construction of the proposed $50 million track. The proposed horse racetrack and casino could begin live racing as early as 2010.

    Commissioners picked among Raton, in northeastern New Mexico, and two rival applicants: Coronado Park Partners in Tucumcari and Pueblo of Pojoaque Development in Santa Fe.

  • Students get introduction to Vegas

    Local college and high school students jammed historic Plaza Park last week for the Student Welcome Back Fiesta.

    Students gathered on Friday night from the United World College, Luna Community College, Highlands University, West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School to enjoy the free food, fun and live music from the local band, “Sangre Joven.”

    Highlands University anthropology major Brittany McCloud is a peer mentor and was at the student fiesta with a group of seven students from the university’s Melody Residence Hall.

  • It wasn't a gaffe

    It seems as if the only time the word “gaffe” ever comes up in the media is during presidential elections every four years. With cameras ever-present, it’s natural for them to make a few public mistakes now and then.

    The media have made a big to-do about the verbal stumbles of both Barack Obama and John McCain — at the expense of coverage about their philosophies and positions on the issues. It’s a sad reality that sensation trumps substance just about any day of the week, especially on the presidential campaign trail.

  • West district gets new law firm

    The West Las Vegas School board has hired a new law firm to represent its interests.

    At a recent meeting, the board came out of closed session and announced the Cuddy Law Firm will take over duties from Sutin, Thayer and Brown, which has been the attorney firm of record for the last couple of years.

    It wasn’t clear if the board discussed the issue behind closed doors. Contracts can’t be an item for discussion in closed sessions under state law.

  • Udall campaigns in Las Vegas

    Tom Udall ended his two-week “Doing Right By New Mexico Tour” in his campaign for U.S. senator with a rally in Las Vegas.

    “The reason we’re finishing our tour in Las Vegas is because this has been one of my banner counties in all the years that I’ve run for office, and I hope to get everyone excited and geared up and move into these last 70 days of the campaign,” said Udall, a Democrat who has represented northern New Mexico in Congress for a decade.