Today's News

  • The spray-can Picassos

    Two years ago, taggers hit the side of my garage that faces one of Las Vegas’ alleys, hit it with white aerosol spray in the shape of a Halloween ghost surrounded by bulging initials. It wasn’t the first time; black paint covered most of the space in a feeble attempt to cover a prior message. I gave up the ghost, left the imprint to bake in the sun.

  • Tri-county Farmers' Market to open

    The Tri-County Farmers’ Market opens for the season on Saturday, June 21. Many of the old faces will be there, with some new ones as well. Daniel Hern, president of the Farmers’ Market, said that several new farmers are participating, and that the Market is looking to expand its venue to include craftspeople and also bakers and others who will be selling processed food items.

  • Board passes 'healthy' budget

    Las Vegas City School’s Finance director Myrna Garcia says the estimated $17 million operating budget for the 2008-09 school year keeps all jobs safe and increases teacher pay by a small percentage point or two above the state recommendation.

    “We are able to sustain our programs without having to cut back on our staff. The only federal program we’re not getting is the Reading First. Other than that we’re able to keep all jobs and programs intact, including funding for athletics. We’re doing good,” Garcia said.

  • Joy ride: Cyclists bring smile to friend's face

    A humble gesture of goodwill by members of the Meadow City Roadrunners bicycle club brought a much-needed smile to a friend’s face recently.

    Club members Doug Hughes and Joe Cooney wanted to do something to brighten the day for pal Karen Bernstein, who has been battling cancer. So they enlisted the help of fellow cycling enthusiasts and coordinated a bike run to the Bernstein home in Ocate. Emblazoned on each rider’s jersey was either a big red heart or a letter contributing to the phrase “F-O-R K-A-R-E-N.”

  • 'Deadbeats' in 'Nowheresville'

    They call themselves “deadbeats” and their convention theme is “from here to eternity.” It could only be the International Association of Obituarists, meeting in Las Vegas, N.M. for their 10th annual Great Obituary Writers’ International Conference.

    You might be tempted to stereotype obituary writers. It is easy, given their chosen careers, to imagine them as a somber, even funereal bunch, but nothing could be further from the truth.

  • '100th film' hits snag in Las Vegas

    Gov. Bill Richardson’ office boosted on last week that the movie “Run For Her Life” will be the 100th major film production shot in New Mexico during Richardson’s time in office.

    What his office may not be aware of, however, is that the production hit a snag recently in its plans to shoot some scenes in Las Vegas.

  • Undercounts impact funding

    SANTA FE — The 2010 U.S. Census badly undercounted New Mexico’s population, according to a recent study released by New Mexico Voices for Children.

    An undercount of almost 36,000 individuals shortchanged New Mexico by $110 million in funds for eight federal programs. Of those individuals, over 30 percent were children.

    The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a professional consulting firm, noted that the undercount for Hispanics and Native Americans was higher than for the overall population.

  • Fiestas need financial help

    With Fiestas de Las Vegas fast approaching, it’s worth mentioning that this will be the 120th year. But even with such notable longevity, it’s getting more and more difficult for the Las Vegas Fiesta Council to make ends meet. The community needs to step up more to support this invaluable cultural event.

  • District offers two-year contract

    New Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Richard Romero will get $105,000, but board president Patrick Romero says he will earn it.

    “I don’t envy the incoming superintendent because he’s going to have his job cut out for him,” Romero said.

    Plans are for Richard Romero to begin work July 1, with the contract running through June 30, 2010.

  • McCain has a chance

    It could hardly get worse for Republicans. With President Bush in the White House, his party will suffer as the result of an unpopular war in Iraq and a declining economy at home.

    Still, Sen. John McCain of Arizona could prevail as the GOP’s standard bearer this year. He’s a maverick that could win swing voters in battleground states such as New Mexico.