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Today's News

  • COLUMN: '12 days' — Las Vegas style

    How would you like to receive 364 gifts, during a span of less than two weeks?

    If we believe the popular, tuneful Christmas carol, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” we ought to be gifted many times over.

    Let me explain:

    “My true love” doesn’t simply send a single partridge in a pear tree, but 12 of them. Remember, on the second day of Christmas, the true love sends two turtle doves plus a partridge in a pear tree, to keep company with the partridge the Postal Service dropped off the day before.

  • LETTER: An open letter to the community

    The Executive Board of District 1199 New Mexico (Hospital and Health Care Employees) wishes to vocalize its continued support and encouragement to the workers at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in fighting for their federal rights to establish their union at the hospital.

    Under federal law. it is the right of every employee to organize and form a union for the purpose of collectively bargaining with their employer. In July 2007, the workers at Alta Vista voted to form a union representing all employees except management and security employees.

  • LETTER: Marriage should stay gender based

    This is in regards to your Nov. 20 editorial, “Marriage as a right” contending that Proposition 8 should be struck down (voted in by the people of California that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid) and again [an Associated Press] article on Dec. 1 emphasizing gay civil rights and equality.

  • Grant still an issue

    The city may just have a couple of weeks to get its act together to receive $1.2 million in state funds.

    According to a July 2006 letter, the New Mexico Finance Authority informed the city that it had until Dec. 31 to meet all requirements to get the money. Some of the requirements appear not to be completed, although the city had more than two years to do so.

    The money has caused a big controversy at City Hall in recent weeks, with some fearing that the city may lose the funding altogether.

  • El Centro clinic warning about Hepatitis C

    New Mexico has the highest per capita Hepatitis C infection rate in the United States, and Las Vegas is one of the areas with the highest concentrations of victims, experts say.

    This is a problem that El Centro Family Health wants to tackle.

    Chris Ruge, a nurse practitioner with the El Centro clinic in Las Vegas, is taking part in a statewide effort called Project ECHO to identify and treat patients with Hepatitis C, a disease that causes liver problems.

  • Today is filing day for school hopefuls

    Las Vegas City Schools board members Elaine Luna and Philip Leger, whose seats are up for election in February, say they’re running again.

    For West Las Vegas, Christine Ludi says she plans to seek re-election, while most political observers say Ralph Garcia will be stepping aside after nearly three decades on the board.

    The only other announced candidates on the west side are David George Romero, a local businessman, and Mike Adams, director of information technology at Luna Community College.

  • College seeks to dismiss lawsuit

    Luna Community College contends it had the power to fire a former employee without going through the full disciplinary process because he was probationary.

    The college responded last month to a lawsuit filed by Hans Kuss, a former Luna student services counselor. It is asking that District Court dismiss the lawsuit.

    Kuss has claimed institutional racism that includes discrimination against all non-Hispanics who attend or are employed by the college.

  • Many go to Luna to shop

    The second annual Luna Community College Christmas Fair was the place to be Saturday. Las Vegans lined up to find those perfect gifts.

    Melissa Lopez, Luna’s educational adviser and activities coordinator, said there were about 52 vendors selling everything from jewelry, fine art, homemade bread, cakes and goodies, and lots of hand crafted knick-knacks.

    “I think it’s great because we have some pretty unique gifts here for people who have just about everything,” Lopez said.

  • Long line of kids await Santa

    The Coca-Cola Caravan trucked through town Sunday carrying the jolly old soul himself and plenty of giveaways for the kids. Children were also able to take free pictures with Santa.

    “Only a handful of stores in the whole country are selected to do this, and since one of the few times Las Vegas children get a chance to see Santa is during the Electric Light Parade, we brought Santa in from Atlanta,” Eileen Paternostro of Coca-Cola said.

  • Rangerettes roll past Penasco, Taos

    Two trips over the mountain.

    Two nice victories.

    The Mora Rangerettes are 2-1 after beating Peñasco’s Lady Panthers 53-44 last week and then nipping Taos 39-38 in a rugged overtime clash this past weekend.

    At Peñasco, the Rangerettes led 25-20 at the half before outscoring the Lady Panthers 17-2 in the third quarter for a cozy 42-22 advantage. Peñasco rallied, outscoring Mora 21-11 in the final period, but it was not enough.