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Today's News

  • Fries points to Highlands stability

    Highlands University President Jim Fries celebrates his first anniversary at the helm Tuesday.

    The president took the post after the tumultuous tenure of former President Manny Aragon, who left Highlands with a big settlement and a threatened indictment in connection with the building of the federal courthouse in Albuquerque.

    Fries (pronounced “freeze”) was interim president from 2001 to 2002 and is credited with rescuing Highlands from bankruptcy by merging academic departments, eliminating some majors and cutting some positions.

  • Democratic Party to hold caucuses

    The March 4 municipal election is grabbing most of the local political attention.

    But there’s a contest before that — the Democratic presidential caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

    This is a chance for Democrats to decide on the four main candidates — Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards or Dennis Kucinich. Even dropped-out candidates’ names will still be on the ballot such as Gov. Bill Richardson and Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden

  • This session's keys to success

    Cooperation, communication and coordination among all branches of government are the keys to a successful 2008 30-day legislative session. During this session, the legislature will be focusing on several key areas.

  • Las Vegas man dies in accident

    A Las Vegas man was killed early this morning after he lost control of his car at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue, Las Vegas police said.

    The driver, Darren M. Benavidez, 23, 1506 Salazar St., was pronounced dead, Assistant Police Chief Christian Montao said.

    His passenger, Lawrence F. Chavez, 22, 1512 Montezuma St., fled the scene of the accident but went to the police station a short while later, Montao said.

  • Lopez named to HU regents

    The uncle is taking the place of his nephew.

    On Thursday, officials announced that Highlands University Regent Walter Adams resigned Monday and that his uncle, Las Vegas attorney Jesus Lopez, is taking his place immediately.

    “I’ve been on the Board of Regents for five years, and I feel it’s time to step aside to give others the opportunity to serve this fine institution,” Adams said in a university news release.

  • Engineer promotes water offer

    An engineer on Thursday promoted the advantages of a rancher’s proposal to lease his wells to Las Vegas, saying they would provide clean water and increase the city’s supplies.

    Paul Saavedra of Santa Fe Engineering spoke for more than an hour to the Las Vegas Community Water Board, a nonprofit group whose stated aim is to help the community reach water solutions. He is working for Alexander Milliken, who owns the ranch with the wells southwest of town.

    “This is wet water readily available now,” Saavedra said.

  • Fire rules

    Whether by accident, arson, or an act of God, once started, a wildfire makes its own rules. So if you live in the country, and if you’re smart, you’ll play by those rules.We recently saw how fire rules in southern California and the Manzano Mountains of central New Mexico. Some people still chose to tempt Mother Nature and lose their homes rather than abide by the rules.For many of the ecosystems in New Mexico, fire is just another common and necessary component like soil and water.

  • Thumbs

    thumb up FINALLY, A DECISION. We have expressed our reservations — not so much with the man but with the duel role he will play, and the problems inherent with having a politician president — but now it’s time to move on, and for Luna Community College to go forward with its new president, state Sen. Pete Campos.He will fill out his contract as superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools district, which expires June 30, and start the job in July.

  • Officials warn about staph infections

    School nurse Cathy Swedlund told the Las Vegas City Schools board that the district was seeing an increase in a staph infection called methicillin and has developed a prevention policy that the board is being asked to approve.

    Swedlund called methicillin resistant staph aureus, or MRSA, a serious disease that could be life-threatening.

  • Wells could up water supplies

    The city of Las Vegas could nearly double its water supplies if it purchased five wells near town, based on information from a hydrogeologist’s report.

    Rancher Alexander Milliken submitted a proposal to the city in mid-October to sell his five wells at his ranch southwest of Las Vegas near the Ojitos Frios subdivision.

    City officials said they are reviewing the proposal.