Today's News

  • Lions have new charitable mission

    The Greater Las Vegas Lions Club has a new charitable mission to fund this year with proceeds from its annual Holiday Pecan Sale — the KidSight program in area Head Start, day care and primary grades.

    With its new iSight computerized digital screening camera, the local club will join a statewide Lions program to screen all children between 3 and 8 for early detection of vision problems that can interfere with learning and even become lifelong problems if left untreated.

  • Grand project concerns council

    Two City Council members last week said they didn’t want planned improvements to Grand Avenue to push more truck traffic to New Mexico Avenue.

    Meanwhile, the city manager backed off on a request to the state Department of Transportation to use an outside firm to help design the project. Her letter to the agency didn’t sit well with the mayor.

  • EDITORIAL: Obama must let sunshine in

    Despite problems and crises at every turn, right now President-elect Barack Obama has the goodwill of the majority on his side. He will enter the Oval Office in a strong position to affect significant change, in part because of the honeymoon he’s on with the public as well as the media.

    But as soon as he takes office, he could strengthen his position even more — by opening up some federal doors that the Bush administration has tightly shut.

  • LETTER: We are all special

    “Concepts.” I think it was addressed to people who are “spiritual” or in the experiment of if the Bible was true. I thought the letter was to emphasize precautions needed after you found only way to be saved referring to changing most of your beliefs were incorrectly aligned with lies to not be violent toward people who do this. If we have purity, Jesus notes, songs, worship, it shouldn’t matter the source, who is better, because the newcomers are in sin (though sin is “burnt” separation)!

  • City takes away phones, cars

    Mayor Tony Marquez last month asked the city administration to reduce the number of take-home cars and city-issued cell phones.

    This week, City Manager Sharon Caballero presented a plan on how the city could achieve that goal.

    However, one official said he wasn’t notified about the city’s decisions before they were announced. He said his office needs a car.

    The city has 41 cell phones — 12 of which are for the Police and Fire departments. Officials agreed that none of the public safety phones should be taken away.

  • Redbirds at Cobre Saturday to open state football playoffs

    Just making it through this season has been a moral victory for the Robertson football team.

    A couple of wins (vs. Pojoaque and Taos) and a few more that could've been (Raton, Ruidoso and West Las Vegas) were icing on the cake.

    Now it's time for the icing on the icing.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    We, the Jackie R. Tapia family, wish to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for your love, understanding and assistance, to the following professionals who cared for and assisted him during his illness:  All doctors, nurses and staff at the Centro de Salud, Dr. Michael Lopez and staff, the technicians of the Las Vegas Emergency Ambulance Services, Rocky Mountain Ambulance Services, and the many helpful and caring staff at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Sorority sisters are seeking to mentor local girls

    The area chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is getting, well, bigger.

    Thirteen members of the local Lambda Kappa Psi sorority at Highlands University currently are enrolling to become Big Sisters with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.

  • Thumbs

    UP thumb ... FISCALLY SOUND. Highlands University regents were told last week that, despite the expectations of budget cuts coming with an economic slowdown, the school is “fiscally strong in all respects.” And that’s on top of findings in a recent study that Highlands’ tuition and fees for undergraduate New Mexico residents are the lowest in the West (an 11-state region).

  • Official: Directive not being followed

    City Councilman Morris Madrid is accusing the city administration of defying a clear council directive.

    When the City Council approved the annual budget on Oct. 1, it also required that the city staff present a budget adjustment request to restore lost funding to the Police and Fire departments. The deadline to get it done was by the very next meeting.

    That directive is clearly reflected in the council’s meeting minutes.

    But four meetings later, City Manager Sharon Caballero has yet to present such a request to the council.