Today's News

  • NM probes handling of emergency food aid

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The practice of altering emergency food assistance applications that results in delayed benefits may date back more than a decade, New Mexico lawmakers were told Monday.

    In April, a state employee who processed emergency food benefit applications testified in court that superiors changed her notes and put down that an applicant had an additional $400 — delaying immediate delivery of assistance.

  • Duke City school to honor Cummings

    Vanessa Cummings was known to bring a story to life either through music or re-enactment. On Thursday, a classroom of kids from Longfellow Elementary in Albuquerque will bring her life to stage.

    Mora native Nathan Espinoza and his fifth grade class from Longfellow Elementary will present “Con Valor,” an original play written and preformed by the students.  

  • Editorial: Get your kid to read

    Summer vacation is almost here. But there’s a downside to the nearly three-month summer break that students are about to begin.

    It’s called the summer slide, a well-documented phenomenon where students lose reading proficiency during the summer months. It happens because so many students abandon books during the summer in favor of television, sports, X-box and other things. 

    The decline in reading proficiency is a serious problem, one that parents and everyone else who cares about children should be aware of.  There is a simple solution.

  • A work of Art: Going extremely high tech

    Just when I thought it was safe to close the chapter on the topic of homeless mendicants in the Meadow City, I received a report that I once thought would happen only in the movies.

    And though I’ve admitted in at least two previous columns that I’m one of the biggest offenders with my enabling, sympathizing, empathizing, mealy-mouthing, dollar-giving manner, it’s possible that I’ll come across today as being critical of those who camp near restaurant entrances an gas station to beg for money.

  • Looking Back May 24, 2016

    Monday, May 23, 1966 — The Grand Meadows, periodically the victim of a severe drought, is in the midst of a serious dry spell. According to figures of the Federal Aviation Agency at the airport, there has been but .62 of an inch of precipitation since Jan. 1. This is compared with 1.36 inches for the first four months of 1964, 1.29 inches in 1963.

  • Senior Lunch Menu - May 24, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers,
    with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Baked chicken, baked beans, potato salad, dinner roll, and fresh fruit

    Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, steamed carrots, whole wheat bread, and mandarin oranges

    Chef salad with turkey, eggs, cheese, tomato, cucumber and shredded carrot mix, tomato soup, crackers, and fruit

    Closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday


  • Weather May 24, 2016


    HIGH 78° / LOW 43°

    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    5:49 a.m. to 8:07 p.m.



  • Que Pasa May 24, 2016

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    11 a.m.
    DWI Planning Council will meet at Charlie’s Spic & Span. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Yolanda Cruz at
    ycruz@smcounty.net or call 425-7998.

  • Noticias May 24, 2016

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    •Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 for more information.

  • Coca going the distance

    Miguel Coca, a West Las Vegas sophomore this past year, admits to occasionally daydreaming about still being teammates with older brother Moises.

    “We’d be a good team,” he said. “We’re pretty good now, but with him still with us, we’d be tough.”

    Moises was a distance running standout for West in recent years. Before he graduated, the two brothers briefly shared time on the school’s cross country and track teams.