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Today's News

  • Officials say voters need privacy

    Voters had no curtains or makeshift cardboard boxes to hide their ballots as they made their choices in the city election last week, and that has two City Council members concerned.

    In previous municipal elections, voters went into booths with curtains. Most state elections now have voters make their choices in mini-cardboard booths.

    But last Tuesday, voters went to tables to vote, with it relatively easy for passersby to see their choices. At one poll site, voters were reportedly making their choices at a table next to other voters waiting in line.

  • A change in leaders

    Mayor Tony Marquez called for unity in Las Vegas and promise to govern with citizen involvement after he was sworn in as mayor Saturday.

    With more than 100 people in the audience, Marquez and City Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman took the oath of office at Highlands University’s Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall.

    “We are moving forward as one community united — no longer East or West or Democrat or Republican, but one community as a whole,” Marquez said to applause.

  • West leader gets $15,000 pay hike

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu was given a one-year extension on his contract last week, which also included a $15,000 raise from $100,000 to $115,000 a year.

    Board President Kenny Lujan said the board was unanimous in its decision.

    “We as a board felt that Dr. Abreu has done a tremendous job for the district in the 10 months he’s been on the job. He’s at work early, stays late and works hard for the school and the kids,” Lujan said.

  • NMHU students perform

    Four New Mexico Highlands music students will perform in the Thomas Mishler Scholarship Recital at 3 p.m. March 9 in Kennedy Lounge.

    Each year, music students compete for this esteemed scholarship by submitting a resume of their musical experience and an essay describing what music means to them. References from professors and other community members are included in the application. Members of the music department, along with Professor Robert Mishler and his wife Ann, review the candidates and make their selections.

  • comedian Tig Notaro on stage at Ilfeld

    The first time Tig Notaro stood in front of a microphone, she didn’t consider the likely possibility the audience would be laughing.

    “I was just trying to get through what I had memorized,” Notaro said. “I was nervous, that’s for sure.”

    The possibility of laughter would mean, for most performers, exit, stage right, don’t come back. For Notaro, it meant the beginning of a successful career with performances in comedy club icons like The Improv, The Punchline, Catch a Rising Star and The Comedy Store.

  • Vigil says he'll run for another term

    With three others already in the race, state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, has announced that he’ll run for another term.

    Vigil, who has served for the last decade, acknowledged the three announced candidates and called for a civil tone in the campaign.

    “I am optimistic we can focus on the issues important to the people of House District 70 and New Mexico without the need to divide our communities with negativity and personal attacks,” he stated in a news release.

  • Something for every traveler

    Teresa Victor stood, feet planted on the rugged slopes of Cuzco, the capital of the sun-worshiping Inca empire, the spot on earth with the highest ultraviolet light level. This was her third trip to Peru. On a previous trip, she hiked the Inca Trail, the twenty-eight mile ancient road to Macchu Piccu, in nearly impassable terrain high above the Urubamba River canyon cloud forest.

  • Marquez takes oath in Santa Fe

    It’s never been done this way as far as anyone can remember.

    Mayor-elect Tony Marquez was to be officially sworn in during a public ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday at Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall. But Thursday morning, Mayor Henry Sanchez came to City Hall only to be told he was no longer mayor.

    On Wednesday, a day after the municipal election, Marquez went to a notary public in Santa Fe, where he works, and had himself sworn in privately, which caught everyone at City Hall off guard, especially the outgoing mayor.

  • Mayor seeks legal opinion on pay

    Mayor Tony Marquez said Thursday he is requesting a legal opinion on how the city should handle the results of the ballot questions over whether to cut the pay of the mayor and City Council members.

    “I think the council needs to abide by the wishes of the community. The public voted to amend the charter, and the voters had the power to change the mayor and council salaries,” said Marquez, who took his oath of office on Wednesday.

    He said he has directed interim City Manager Elmer Martinez to get a written legal opinion from City Attorney Matt Sandoval.

  • Unplanned stops can make the trip

    My family and I traveled to El Paso for a tennis tournament, but it is the memories of other adventures that I brought back to Las Vegas. We left to El Paso on Friday afternoon and immediately encountered a metal forest. Actually, just west of Santa Rosa, there are about 100 gigantic windmills. They looked like the giant machines from War of the Worlds. It was surreal. We stopped in Vaughn and I had one of the best root beer floats at this restaurant, which looked like an aluminum travel trailer.