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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Who are the insiders?

    I’ve come to at least one conclusion about Tony Marquez after his first nine months as Las Vegas’ mayor: He’s not giving anyone any special inside tracks to city government.

    Marquez’s critics have plenty to say: The mayor has yet to bring any of the real changes he promised in the campaign, and the city remains in a holding pattern because the mayor’s administration has yet to fill six vacant director positions.

    They also say he’s too worried about publicity at the expense of action.

  • ENMU holds off Cowgirls in NMHU opener

    Twice down the stretch Monday night, the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls rallied back from double-digit deficits. But both times, the Eastern New Mexico Zias were able to safeguard their lead, rolling to a 98-84 win at the Wilson Complex.

    The game was the season and home opener for NMHU (0-1) and the head coaching debut of Tiffany Darling. ENMU improves to 1-1.

  • EDITORIAL: Fully examine acquisition

    It’s an exciting prospect that Highlands University may acquire the College of Santa Fe, a private school founded in 1859.

    But the Highlands University Board of Regents should fully examine the idea — and involve the public — before making any kind of decision.

    The advantages of such a merger are obvious: A combination of the two schools will mean more specialties and programs with greater depth, and that is sure to benefit the student body.

  • Council expected to select public housing director

    The Las Vegas City Council will consider hiring a new director for the local public housing authority. at its meeting Wednesday night.

    The council’s agenda states that the recommended candidate is Robert Pacheco, but it doesn’t indicate what his experience is.

    The position has been vacant since the summer when a council majority voted to let go the housing director and five other city directors.

    City officials have taken a go-slow approach to filling the six vacant positions, saying the city is benefitting from the savings in a tight budget year.

  • Officials announce DWI crackdown

    Police from Las Vegas and throughout New Mexico are giving drunken drivers fair warning as they announced their newest initiative.

    They are launching the kickoff of the Winter Enforcement Campaign and Holiday DWI Super blitz. Checkpoints and intense enforcement measures have already begun and will continue through Jan. 4, officials said.

  • Onetime national champ returns to NMHU, LV

    Hector Hernandez brought New Mexico Highlands University a national championship. And he’s continuing to give back to the place that once was his home.

  • COLUMN: Trapped in Abu Dhabi

    SANTA FE — “Be careful what you wish.” It’s a popular warning these days because one never knows the form in which one’s wish might come true.

    When we planned a cruise through the Middle East many months ago, friends and loved ones cautioned us to be mindful of the dangers before we made a final decision. Some even pled with us not to go.

    My usual response was that it might be exciting to be captured and held hostage for awhile. Think of the book I could write.

  • LETTER: Giving credit where it is due

    Thank you for your article about the Viles Foundation Inc.’s 50th anniversary luncheon. The history that you included is very important. The foundation has strived to serve the San Miguel and Mora County communities in a manner the Matie R. Viles would have been proud.

  • NMHU runner headed back to nationals

    Laurent Ngirakamaro is heading back to nationals again. Alas, his New Mexico Highlands University cross country teammates will not be, although they didn't miss qualification by much.

    Ngirakamaro covered the Kearney, Neb., course in 31:25.2, the sixth-best time in Saturday's NCAA Division II North Central Regional. The Highlands senior helped the Cowboys to a seventh-place team finish.

  • Union questions local hospital

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is quietly laying off members of a union and encouraging new employees not to join, a union leader says.

    Meanwhile, the hospital says it is pursuing its rights by seeking a court review of last year’s election. Officials said Alta Vista has no plans to negotiate pending the outcome of the review.

    Louie Rael, a registered nurse and a spokesman for the union, said that in the last couple of weeks, Alta Vista has let go six people — all of whom are union members.