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Today's News

  • Officials pushing dam project

    Las Vegas officials promise that they — not lawyers — will be guiding water policy in the future.

    As such, Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilman Andrew Feldman are pushing for a study to determine the feasibility of a proposed hydroelectric project on the Gallinas River. The estimated cost: $46.5 million.

    They say the dam would produce hydroelectric power for Las Vegas, act as a supply reservoir for firefighting in the watershed and manage the river more effectively for all concerned — city water customers, acequias and users of Storrie Lake water.

  • Official: West may have made

    The West Las Vegas school board may have made a mistake by taking its discussion about bus contracts behind closed doors last month, its leader says.

    Board Chairman Kenny Lujan said last week that “we might have messed up,” so he wants the board to make it right.

    “If we messed up, we’ll put it on the agenda as its own item. That will take suspicion away. We want to be on the up and up. I have nothing to hide,” he said.

    He wouldn’t say exactly how the board may have made a mistake, saying it was a closed session.

  • Youths enjoy six weeks of activities

    Kids in the six-week summer program at the city’s recreation center are kept busy with all kinds of activities — reading, music, art and swimming.

    Michael Campbell is Robertson High School’s choir director during the regular school year and said he enjoys helping children have a productive and fun summer as a coach and supervisor for the program.

  • Kryptonite begin state quest

    In its second full year of competition in the New Mexico division of the All-American Baseball Congress, the Las Vegas Kryptonite is seeking a championship.

    The team will get its chance beginning today as the AABC Sandy Koufax state tournament gets under way at the Fort Marcy complex in Santa Fe.

    The Kryptos, managed by Shannon Aragon, are scheduled to play the Las Cruces Athletics at 2 p.m.

  • D'Vino's expands menu

    Theresa Jaramillo and Thomas Martinez are brother and sister, who, after years of working together at local eateries, decided to take a leap of faith; in November 2007, together with Theresa’s husband, Earnest, they took over D’Vino’s restaurant at El Fidel Hotel.

    “It comes naturally to us” said Thomas. “We grew up around the stove, where someone was always cooking. Theresa learned to make rice when she was 5.”

    “We learned from dad and mom, and grandma Tere,” Theresa said.

  • Los Tropicales announces new CD

    A band whose music has been described as “Sweet island Latin with a jazzy flair of vocals and instrumental solos,” Los Tropicales, was formed 12 years ago in New Mexico.

  • Official: Focus on founding principles

    Fiestas organizers stopped the music in Plaza Park for an hour Friday morning to pay respect to the country’s veterans.

    On the Fourth of July, a number of speakers told the audience to remember that the holiday meant much more than barbecues and fireworks — that it was a celebration of the nation’s freedoms.

    John Garcia, the secretary of the state Department of Veterans Services, asked for veterans to raise their hands or stand up, and many did just that. Then he asked those around them to shake their hands to thank them for their service to the country.

  • Boomers, race and Vietnam

    Two issues have always haunted Baby Boomers: Vietnam and race. And while significant process has been made on the issue of race, the nation is still arguing over the lessons of the Vietnam War.

    That’s why Barack Obama has a chance to win the presidency even as the nation continues to debate the definition of patriotism.

  • Vida, Musica, Familia y Paz

    The smell of roasted corn and the vivid music of a mariachi band fill the hot July air. Friends and families are talking and laughing throughout the park. It seems you have found your way to the plaza, where the annual Fourth of July Fiestas are in full swing. Sound interesting?

  • Foreman and Redman

    SANTA FE — Former U.S. Reps. Ed Foreman and Bill Redmond have been in the news lately. Foreman endorsed Earl Greer in the Republican 2nd Congressional District primary and Redmond has been asked to provide advice on how the GOP candidate in the 3rd Congressional District might pull out a victory.

    Who are these men, you ask? Never heard of them? That’s understandable. They were rare exceptions in New Mexico’s U.S. House delegation. Foreman served only one two-year term. Redmond served just 17 months.