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Today's News

  • Utility's trustees questioned

    Some of the members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees don’t live in the areas they were elected to represent.

    That troubles at least one cooperative customer. But the utility, which serves thousands of residents in Mora and San Miguel counties, maintains the trustees are allowed to serve out their terms.

  • Group is pushing downtown project

    Some of the biggest challenges for economic development are abandoned, boarded-up buildings and vacant lots, an official said.

    “The message that sends to potential businesses that would like to come here or start businesses here is that this is a community that cannot sustain business,” Sharon Caballero, executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, told the City Council at a recent meeting.

  • Marquez seeking review of contracts

    You have a city contract? If yes, that may change.

    Mayor Tony Marquez said at this week’s City Council meeting that he wants to hold a meeting in which the City Council will vote up or down on all city contracts and memorandums of understanding. For those that are rejected, the city will follow the termination procedures called for under the contracts.

    This is something that Marquez promised to do if he were elected mayor.

    Asked at this week’s City Council meeting how many contracts the city had, City Clerk CherylAnn Yara didn’t have an exact answer.

  • Woman pleads guilty in killing

    One of the two women accused of causing the dragging death of an 83-year-old man last year has pleaded guilty in connection with the crime.

    Also, a prosecutor recently filed a pleading in District Court that indicated both women were laughing in the county jail’s booking area shortly after they were arrested.

    In a hearing this week, Dolores Salazar, 19, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, who, in return, dropped charges of felony murder, tampering with evidence and robbery.

  • Students treated to Sky Dome

    West Las Vegas Middle School students were taken on a 45-minute journey through the universe as they entered an educational inflatable Sky Dome Planetarium on Thursday.

    Principal Josephine Romero said the students learned to identify stars and constellations and were introduced to Greek mythological characters and saw how these heroes of the past can be found in the stars. She said students witnessed the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives and were treated to a slide presentation, which enhanced the tour of the solar system.

  • Cleanup planned at McAllister Lake

    McAlister Lake rests in a bowl-shaped depression on the edge of the Great Plains, 100 acres of deceptively still waters.

    Part of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, the lake is respite and home to birds as well as fish stocked by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Last year, the lake grew silent, grew dry, when a mixup at the state offices resulted in the forgotten scheduled delivery of water from Storrie Lake. Today, the waters rise high, thanks to winter's snowfall.

  • Co-op manager resigns

    Rudy Romero, manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, recently turned in his letter of resignation. His last day is today.

    Carlos Lovato, chairman of the utility’s Board of Trustees, said Romero didn’t give a reason for his departure.

    “He handed in a one-line letter of resignation. We’re going to start a search,” Lovato said.

    Romero confirmed that he was resigning and that he would issue a statement later.

  • Shakespeare 'round the clock

    The first year Theatre Arts Students at UWC-USA will shake up Shakespeare on The United World College campus, in Montezuma, on Wednesday, April 23.

    The students will perform both The Merchant of Venice (in the Kluge Auditorium at 7 p.m.) and Twelfth Night (beside the Sasakawa Center at 5 p.m.) as part of Shakespeare 24, the largest ever international youth Shakespeare festival.

  • The geography of light

    Carrie Newcomer sits in silence each morning in her Indiana home, in meditation, in gentle prayer, her music set aside for deliberate contemplation.

    A practicing Quaker, the folk musician believes in the power of love and reflection to overcome violence and injustice, and in the ways that our spirits are revived by spending time in solitude.

  • swinging with the band

    Lively numbers by Chuck Mangione, Duke Ellington, Dean Sorenson and Dizzy Gillespie will ring Ilfeld Auditorium during the Swing and Latin pulse of the New Mexico Highlands University Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble in a concert on April 18 at 7 p.m.

    Featured pieces include Fly Me to the Moon, Caravan and Birdland. This semester’s concert and jazz band includes students who major and minor in music performance and education.