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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Missing in action

    When the Luna Community College Board of Trustees appointed Pete Campos as president last year, its members told the public that it wasn’t a problem that Campos was also a state senator. Even though Campos would be gone for weeks at a time while attending sessions in Santa Fe.

    Unconvinced, we had deep reservations.

    Since mid-January, Campos has been largely missing in action as the college campaigns for a tax increase. Voters will decide March 3 on whether to hike their property taxes — an annual increase of $52 for a home worth $100,000.

  • Acequias seeking pact with city

    Members of local acequias are encouraging the city government to reach a short-term water-sharing agreement for the Gallinas River — at the very least.

    After that, they said they want a long-term deal with the city and the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    William Gonzales, an acequia leader, said at last week’s City Council meeting that he applauded the city’s efforts to negotiate a long-term water-sharing agreement. But he said acequias want the short-term agreement in preparation for this year’s irrigation season.

  • Council forms charter panel

    The City Council has formed a panel to make recommendations for changes to the city’s charter, which was drafted nearly four decades ago.

    The Charter Commission will be asked to review such issues as term limits, instant runoff elections, mayor and council salaries, random drug testing, campaign finance reports and residency requirements.

    Each council member nominated a member to the commission, as did the municipal judge. Mayor Tony Marquez got to pick two members to the panel. All were approved unanimously by the council.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The family of Michael Esquibel would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and family members who came and called from near and far to pay their last respects to Michael and to comfort all of his relatives. 

  • Official: Morale bad at City Hall

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore said last week that she is concerned about the morale of city employees.

    At a council meeting, she said employees have told her the city government is the worst they’ve seen it. She said employees are beginning to get paranoid about their job security.

    As such, she said it’s important to recognize the work of city employees, possibly advertising their accomplishments in a newsletter.

  • COLUMN: Stardom can help in politics

    SANTA FE — Actor Val Kilmer just keeps on coming. Last week he dropped in at the state Capitol for visits with Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Phil Griego, who represents the area where Kilmer lives.

    The governor is an admirer of Kilmer’s. Griego isn’t. Kilmer has been quoted in national publications making disparaging remarks about residents of San Miguel County and about Vietnam vets.

  • Forum planned for Luna candidates

    A forum is planned for the candidates for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    The forum is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Middle School’s lecture hall. Sponsoring the event are the Las Vegas Optic and the Committee for the People, a local watchdog group.

    The election is set for next Tuesday.

    Running for the Las Vegas-based District 2 seat are incumbent Tony Valdez, Tommy Ortiz and Marsha Archuleta. Valdez was appointed to his seat in 2007.

  • East-West boys' varsity game cancelled

    West Las Vegas WILL host Robertson in boys’ basketball Friday night.

    But the East-West faceoff will not include varsity teams. Because of an overscheduling violation by West, the schools will meet only in freshman and junior varsity games. First game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. (new time) at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Last chance to see NMHU wrestling is Saturday

    If a college wrestling meet can figure into your Valentine’s Day plans, New Mexico Highlands will provide everything but the candlelight and wine.

    Saturday’s dual meet with Colorado State-Pueblo will be the last chance to see the Highlands wrestling team at home this season.  First match begins at 7 p.m. at the Wilson Complex.

    In recent weeks, the Cowboys , coached by Doug Moses, have battled some of the top-rated squads in NCAA Division II.

  • Outlaws stun Razorbacks

    Las Vegas Outlaws surprised the nationally ranked New Mexico Razorbacks 26-8 Saturday at Perkins Stadium, site of the TeamBuilders Bowl, the season kickoff event for the New Mexico Football Alliance, a "semi-pro" football league with national affiliations.

    Former West Las Vegas quarterback Mike Martinez was voted Most Valuable Player by an ad-hoc media panel covering the game. Martinez overcame a shaky start and hooked up with Donovan Nance, Daniel White, Henry Montoya for touchdown passes. And fullback Frederick Gilford added a 28-yard TD run in the third quarter.