Today's News

  • School grades and GPAs

    New Mexico education officials have released their final scores for the 2011-2012 school year, gleaned from their new approach to evaluating school performance. For each school in the state, the Public Education Department has started tallying up points from five categories, then adding in bonus points where applicable to come up with a single A-through-F grade for each of the state’s school — thereby replacing Adequate Yearly Progress assessments that was previously being used as part of the federal No Child Left Behind initiative.

  • Editor's Note: Hog-wild for your vote

    Did you miss me?              

    I returned to work last week after several days in my native state of Arkansas, where we relaxed under a globally warmed summer sun, spent time with my dear ol’ pa and ma, and other family members and old friends, and traded in tamales for pork rinds.

    I tell you this as context for my participation in a fundraiser — and to solicit your vote.

  • ‘Two out of three ain’t bad’

    The Nasty North owned Friday night — and came pretty close to making it a clean sweep of the Dirty South on Saturday.

    In this past weekend’s Class 2A-3A North-South All-Star games, the action followed the traditional script, with the North teams holding court in basketball and the South taking care of business on the gridiron.

  • Two more champs crowned

    Highlights from the District 4 Little League All-Star tournaments this past week in Raton:

    • Down five runs in a must-win situation, the Las Vegas Little League 11-12 sluggers never gave up.

    Now, they’re reaping the rewards of a District 4 championship — the fifth collected by a Meadow City team and the fourth for LVLL.

  • Beijing heroes Phelps, Bolt share spotlight

    By Howard Fendrich and Paul Newberry
    AP Sports Writers

    Michael Phelps, in the pool, raising a fist. Usain Bolt, on the track, slapping his chest.

    They are the two indelible images of the 2008 Beijing Olympics — celebration after celebration of gold medals and world records by the American swimmer and the Jamaican sprinter. Because of what they did four years ago, all eyes will be on them when they return to their sports’ biggest stages during the London Games, which open July 27.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 16, 2012

    • Men’s city league tournament: Yo Momma vs. Old Folks, 6 p.m., Alta Vista Balls Deep vs. V Town Sluggers, 7 p.m., Vegas Hitmen vs. 24-7, 8 p.m., city complex

    • Men’s city league tournament: Tecolote vs. Big Joe’s Cartel, 6 p.m., Hackers vs. Yo Momma-Old Folks winner, 7 p.m., losers’ bracket game teams TBA, 8 p.m., city complex

    • Men’s city league tournament games TBA, 6 p.m., city complex

  • FYI - Sports - July 16, 2012

    Las Vegas Youth Soccer League registration for 2012 fall soccer is now open! Spread the word. To register online go to www.lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or go to Desertgate Internet on Bridge Street during business hours. Registration deadline is July 31. Don't miss it!

  • Water rate hike proposed

    The City Council is being asked to increase water rates, a move aimed at securing $45.7 million in bond funding to finance some of the major water infrastructure projects that have been identified.

    City officials have been talking about hiking water rates for more than a year, particularly since consultants completed a preliminary engineering report that found that the city’s aging water system is in need of about $120 million in fixes over the next 40 years.

  • A new home - New Meadows facility opens

    Residents of the Meadows Nursing Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute will soon have a new place to call home.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Keith Gardner, chief of staff for Gov. Susana Martinez, Catherine D. Torres, M.D., cabinet secretary for the state’s Department of Health, Troy Jones, director of the local  Behavioral Health Institute along with several elected officials and dignitaries held a ribbon cutting ceremony for phase one of the new Meadows Home Skilled Nursing Facility, located on Hot Springs Boulevard.

  • County may seek increase in sales tax

    The San Miguel County Commission on Tuesday started the ball rolling to once again ask voters to approve a one-fourth of 1 percent increase in the sales tax charged in the county.

    The tax would cost consumers an additional 25 cents for $100 in purchases and generate an estimated $860,000 a year.

    Money generated would be available for a centralized emergency communications center, for ambulance services provided by the county and for behavioral health services.