Today's News

  • Theological diversity

    “Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people’s suffering. On these lines every religion has more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.” The Dalai Lama

    Below is a sampling of The Golden Rule, or Ethic of Reciprocity, as expressed in several different religions.

    •Baha’ii: “Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.” Baha’ul’lah

    •Christianity: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31

  • Official criticizes past decisions

    The city’s top water official says he believes the city may have wasted millions in federal dollars by drilling another well at Taylor Wells. And he plans to get an independent entity to examine the project.

    George DuFour, the city’s utilities director, criticized past city management for its focus on the new well at Taylor Wells, which cost $4 million in federal money. He said the city should seriously consider a rancher’s offer to lease wells in the area of Taylor Wells southwest of Las Vegas.

  • Luna scholarships available

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    All eligible individuals are encouraged to apply for Luna Community College’s Roadrunner and Horizon Scholarships that are currently available for the 2008-09 school year.

    “We encourage all eligible students to apply and take advantage of the resources Luna Community College has to offer,” said LCC Financial Assistance Director Regina Madrid.

  • County prevails in fight over ambulance

    Two months ago, the County Commission chose a new company to provide ambulance services to the county’s unincorporated areas.

    The divorce with the old company wasn’t a happy one.

    On Wednesday, the county got a court order giving it immediate possession of an ambulance the county contended that it had purchased in 2004 with $50,000 in public funds. The county had let Rocky Mountain use the ambulance during the period of their agreement. But the company hadn’t given it back.

    The county showed state District Court that it had title to the ambulance.

  • Students form service club

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    LAS VEGAS – As part of the global effort to promote peace and understanding, 14 New Mexico Highlands University students have joined with 12 Armand Hammer United World College students to form the first-ever local Rotaract Club.

    Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for women and men ages 18 to 30. It is one of Rotary International's most significant and fastest-growing service programs.

  • City Council to hold retreat this weekend

    The City Council will hold an “informational retreat” on Saturday.

    The all-day meeting will start at 9 a.m. in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s board room.

    Mayor Tony Marquez noted that the retreat is being held in town, not out of the city as in the past. The city last held a retreat in 2005 at Pendaries.

    In the morning, department directors will get 10 to 20 minutes each to detail to the governing body their departments’ missions, goals, budgets, employee counts and issues, Marquez said.

  • 3 suspected of shooting at windows

    Las Vegas police said they are likely to charge three people in connection with shooting out windows on at least seven cars on the east side.

    Their reason for causing the damage? For the fun of it, according to a police report.

    Police said the suspects are an 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy.

    According to the report, the three admitted to loading two BB rifles and shooting at car windows for fun. The other two said the driver also shot out windows.

  • Official: Even bus contractors need business licenses

    Anyone who does business in San Miguel County’s unincorporated areas must get a county business license. And there are no exceptions, officials said this week.

    Alex Tafoya, the county’s planning and zoning supervisor, told the County Commission about the county’s business license rules and noted that they include businesses such as real estate agencies. While such businesses may base their operations in Las Vegas, they conduct business in the county’s rural areas, he said.

  • San Juan project may be delayed

    San Juan residents may have to wait awhile for improvements to their community center.

    San Miguel County officials previously believed that the San Juan County Community Center Association owned the building, but it turns out the Pecos school district is the owner.

    That matters because the state Department of Finance and Administration is requiring that government entities actually own the buildings that they’re receiving state money to improve.

  • Agencies hold drill at Mora schools

    MORA — An alert security guard at the Mora school district noticed a toy gun in a student’s gym bag Wednesday. So he hauled her off to the principal’s office for questioning.

    But it turned out there wasn’t a problem.

    What the guard didn’t know was the school district was about to kick off a evacuation exercise using high school seniors as the mock bad guys.