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Today's News

  • Residents eye Grand Avenue alternatives

    Residents discussed options for improvements to Grand Avenue from University Avenue to Seventh Street on Thursday.

    The state Department of Transportation presented a number of options for the project. Officials said the project already has $2.75 million, but more money is needed to complete it.

    The goal of the project is to slow down traffic on Grand Avenue, so visitors realize that Las Vegas consists of three historic downtown areas.

  • Councilman's service celebrated

    Mayor Henry Sanchez said City Councilman Macario Gonzalez didn’t want a big to-do for his departure after more than two decades on the council.

    He got one anyway.

    As part of the council’s meeting Wednesday, Sanchez and others at City Hall organized an event honoring the Ward 1 councilman, who started with the city 21 years ago. The event had been in the planning stages for a year.

  • Winter/Spring film series comes to Ilfeld

    The student technical crews managing Ilfeld Auditorium at NMHU know what it’s like to work under pressure. Studying theater arts trains students in the areas of communication and human relations skills, and gives them experience as members of a team working toward a common goal.

    Donna Martinez, manager of both Ilfeld and the KEDP student radio station, understands how to motivate her work study students, how to push them in ways that expand their abilities.

  • Watching the Miss America Pageant

    Last weekend, I did something I’ve never done before. I watched the Miss America pageant in its entirety.

    A friend of mine hosted a party for the occasion, complete with flashcards on each contestant. Upon arrival, guests were given piles with about six flashcards. The guest whose pile contained the flashcard of the winning contestant was given a plastic tiara at the end of the night.

  • HU, Luna showcase programs

    College Night 2008 moved to the city’s recreation center this year to accommodate the hundreds of students coming to Las Vegas from all over the state. Buses and cars from Alamo, Las Cruces, Silver City and Las Vegas crowded the large parking area surrounding the center.

  • DA may pursue voter law violations

    The district attorney’s office may investigate cases in which voters are intentionally violating voter registration laws, officials said this week.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said in a press release that he has met with San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez a few times about voter registration.

    “At this point, I am not necessarily looking at filing criminal charges against anybody; instead, we are hoping to raise awareness so that voter registrations are updated so that there are clean elections,” Flores said in the statement.

  • What the wind blew in

    The Salvation Army Thrift Store holds secret treasures —cobalt blue depression-era glass, old 45’s engraved with Elvis’ finest, faded leather couches, and enough chipped knick-knacks to line every mantel in town.

  • Campos supports domestic partners bill

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, announced this morning that he is supporting legislation that allows gay and straight couples to form domestic partnerships. That was after a number of residents publicly urged him to back the bill.

    "This was not an easy decision to make, but I am confident it is the right decision," Campos said in a statement. "The phone calls, e-mails and letters I received from people on both sides of the issue proved invaluable in my decision-making process."

    He said he expected the legislation would come before the state Senate in days.

  • Images of travel and transformation

    Beyond the seemingly childlike forms and curiosity in Melanie Yazzie’s artwork lies a confident statement.

    Yazzie, a Navajo/Dine of the Salt Water Clan and Bitter Water Clan of the Dine, blends imagery from native cultures around the globe into a palate of relaxed color.

  • Residents at Sin City hotel when fire started

    Glen Gomez of Las Vegas, N.M., who turned 35 last week, got an upgrade in his hotel room in the Sin City last weekend, but it wasn’t any kind of a birthday gift.

    It was because of a fire.

    Gomez and his local friends, Miguel Martinez, Jeremiah Gonzalez and Walter Atencio, drove to Las Vegas, Nev., last week to celebrate his birthday, staying in the Monte Carlo Hotel. They got there late Thursday and enjoyed the nightlife until 6 a.m. the next day.