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Today's News

  • Reina pageant to kick off Fiestas de Las Vegas

    The 120th annual Fiestas de Las Vegas will start today with the Reina de Las Vegas pageant.

    The event is set for 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Four young women are vying to assume the crown from Alyssa Moya:

    • Jackie Conway, 23, a 2003 graduate of Robertson High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of New Mexico.

    • Rita Raya, 17, a Robertson High School student.

    • Carmela Montoya, 19, a Luna Community College student.

    • June Duran, 24, a 2002 graduate of Robertson High School and a 2007 graduate of Luna.

  • Bus contracts discussed in secret

    The West Las Vegas school board took its discussion about bus contracts behind closed doors last week.

    Almost half of the district’s bus drivers are under contract. The biggest contractor, which runs seven buses for the district, is RV Transportation, which is owned by state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, officials said.

  • Rooting for Campos

    It’s an unfortunate reality in Las Vegas politics that some people work hard to bring down their enemies — even at the expense of the larger community. We see and hear it mostly behind the scenes: People rooting for the failure of their adversary after they’ve been elected or selected to lead an institution that’s important to the city’s well being.

  • National UFO coverage

    SANTA FE — Watch for New Mexico on TV this week. CW Network’s “The Daily Buzz” taped five segments around the state last month and is showing them every day this week around 7 a.m.

    The segments were taped in Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Albuquerque and White Sands National Monument. In addition, on Friday, July 4, “The Daily Buzz” will broadcast live from the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center during the UFO Festival.

  • Is government wasting gas?

    In 2006, my wife, Brenda, and I purchased a sport utility vehicle, a 2001 Toyota 4Runner. We got it because she said she needed it for her job as a real estate agent; some places are hard to reach without a four-wheel drive.

    Subconsciously, maybe we got the gas guzzler because it’s the American thing to do.

    According to the Web site Autohopper, the gas mileage on the 4Runner is 19 miles per gallon on average, while our other car, a 1999 Toyota Camry, stands at 27 miles per gallon.

  • Candidate challenges trustee election

    A candidate for a seat on an electric cooperative board has sued the utility, claiming that it failed to follow its own bylaws and discriminated against him.

    In May, Louis Clayton lost by one vote to Daniel Romero in the San Juan-based District 4 race for trustee for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative board. Romero took 34 votes to Clayton’s 33.

  • Program praised as affordable

    As a young girl, Anastacia Rivera imagined herself healing people in her native El Pueblo in the Villanueva Valley and thought about medicine as a profession.

    “Since I was little, I always played doctor. I like helping people, and I think being a nurse you’ll always have a job,” Rivera said. She is taking the nursing curriculum at Luna Community College and says she hopes to be on the job in just a few more years.

  • Fiestas!

    There’s no bigger event for Las Vegas than its July fiestas. And as far as we know, no public event has lasted quite so long.

    Fiestas de Las Vegas, which begins tonight with the reinas pageant, is now 120 years old. Back when it started, in 1888, Las Vegas was a bustling frontier town of sizable proportions, for those days, and New Mexico was still 24 years away from statehood.

  • Leader: Some changes unpopular

    Sigfredo Maestas, Luna Community College’s interim president, says he has changed a number of things in his year at the helm, including the centralizing of purchasing. Such actions have angered some, he acknowledges.

    “I know that as a result of the things I did, I won’t be liked by everyone here,” he said. “I put a stop to a number of things we shouldn’t be doing.”

    But Maestas didn’t want to detail all of his changes out of fear that such information would reflect poorly on Luna officials.

  • Monument unveiled to public

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sunday for a memorial on Mills Avenue and Second Street dedicated to the memory of the Gonzales-Collins-Garcia family who lost their lives in an accident two years ago.

    They were killed after the car they were riding in was struck head on by a drunken driver, Dana Papst, who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 25 on Nov. 11, 2006.