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Today's News

  • Homeland Security praises Highlands

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    A representative from the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management praised New Mexico Highlands University for its recent improvements in campus security.

    “You have a terrific school, and your folks are doing a great job,” Rudy Holmes, an emergency preparedness coordinator for the department, wrote to Highlands officials.

    Holmes toured Highlands University Oct. 28 and reviewed the university’s emergency plans. In his initial report, Holmes commended the university for:

  • Local youth to be honored

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     ALBUQUERQUE—Estevan B. Flores II, of Las Vegas, has been nominated for the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award for his community service work. Estevan, age 19, got a taste for politics when he was elected New Mexico Boys State Governor in 2007.

    He also served as class president for his senior year of high school and worked with the City of Las Vegas Youth Commission, as well as done community service work for the San Miguel County Detention Center and keep America Beautiful. His goal — to become president of the United States.

  • Green- it's not the new black

    Environmental friendliness, or what we call “green,” is enjoying unprecedented popularity. Hollywood celebrities can now be seen on cable TV showing off the solar panels on their multi-million dollar mansions.

    Indeed, you will even hear that “green is the new black.”

    On one level, that’s great. It’s hard to find fault with people seeking to reduce their environmental footprint. But on another level, it’s troubling.

  • Can’t make bail, still in jail

    Gilberto Reyes, the former professional baseball player, has been in the county jail for nearly 11 months, and he has yet to be tried on charges of distribution of drugs.

    It looks like he’ll be waiting a few months longer.

    On Wednesday, District Judge Gerald Baca rejected a petition from Reyes challenging his detention. Baca said such a request is normally reserved for after convictions.

    “Good luck,” the judge told Reyes at the end of the hearing.

    Reyes smiled and thanked Baca.

  • Highlands sponsors institutes

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    New Mexico Highlands University will sponsor the 17th annual Back to School Family Institute Nov. 13-14 in Albuquerque along with the 10th annual Youth Leadership Institute.

  • Changes to city charter pushed

    Las Vegas resident Alex Aragon has repeatedly asked the city to form a commission to provide recommendations for the overhaul of the city’s charter. He did so again last week.

    The charter has been the city’s constitution since the two Las Vegases joined nearly four decades ago.

    Aragon told the City Council at its meeting last week that he understands the city has much on its plate but that it needs to form a commission soon, so it can place proposed changes on the ballot in time for the March 2010 municipal election.

  • Mother became daughter's hero

    Mother became daughter’s hero

    For all the wrongs in the world once in a while a right is done.

    Mom had to rescue me at Wal-Mart. I ran out of oxygen. Had to abandon the shopping cart with the door greeter. When this oxygen stops, I am physically drained of oxygen from my body. It is like someone squeezing the life out of me. I have to talk myself to breathe until more oxygen is available.

  • Passive solar on the cheap

    Say solar energy and people immediately think about high tech solar panels and sophisticated electronics. While that’s one way to capture solar energy, price puts it out of the hands of many. There’s one form of solar, though, that is within the grasp of of most of us, and that is passive solar heating.

    In its simplest form, passive solar heating means  setting up your home and land to make maximum use of the sun’s heat.

  • Immunization is a necessity

    Immunization

    is a necessity

    In August, my youngest child Jackson, who had just turned two, became very sick, with Pertussis or “whooping cough.” I had chosen to wait to immunize my children for personal reasons. While holding my small and frail son in the emergency room hospital bed as he gasped for air and struggled to breathe, I realized I may have seriously endangered his life in not having him immunized. I feared the worst.

  • Commissioner-elect resigns from utility board

    Marcellino Ortiz, who will join the San Miguel County Commission in January, has resigned from a electric utility serving northeastern New Mexico.

    During the summer, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative enacted a bylaw requiring board members and the utility’s attorney to resign when they run for and hold partisan political offices.