Today's News

  • Groups request city money

    A number of groups last week approached the City Council to seek city money, but most acknowledged the city’s tough budget situation.

    The council held a special meeting Friday to hear presentations from local nonprofit groups trying to make the case for public funds. The city must submit a final budget to the state by month’s end.

    “We need to increase revenues and cut expenditures. At the same time, we need to expand services,” City Manager Sharon Caballero said.

  • Ex-Luna leader faces bias claim

    The director of the Luna Community College Foundation has filed a discrimination complaint against the school’s former interim president, Gilbert Sena.

    Sena is the second former Luna leader now facing a sexual harassment claim. His predecessor, Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, is also the target of a complaint.

    Foundation Director Diana Abeyta, whose last day is today, submitted the grievance to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on May 19.

  • North-South invasion begins in Vegas

    The All-Stars have arrived.

    Representatives of the Class 3A North and South All-Star football, boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are due in town today for the beginning of a week of activities that culminates with All-Star competititions in the three sports.

    The girls’ hoops contest is set for 6 p.m. Friday at the Wilson Complex on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. The boys’ basketball game follows approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the girls’ game.

  • Residents walk at anti-cancer event

    Peter and Sylvia Garduo had a reason to keep walking around the Highlands University track over the weekend.

    They were honoring Stephanie Griego, who has been diagnosed with cancer. They were among the many taking part in the eighth annual Relay for Life event, which was held at Perkins Stadium.

    Sylvia said her mother and father both died of cancer, and the couple said they have also lost other beloved relatives to the disease. She and her husband said they hope a cure will be found one day soon.

  • College trustees select bidder for field renovation

    Luna Community College has picked a company to improve one of the city’s ball fields at Rodriguez Park, where the school’s softball team is expected to play next year.

    The Board of Trustees last week unanimously voted for the low bidder, Las Vegas’ Franken Construction, which came in at $81,000. The other bidder, Bosque Farms-based Lone Mountain Construction, submitted a $93,000 bid.

    Under an April agreement with the city, Luna is required to provide topsoil for the field, expand dugouts and make other improvements.

  • Five-run frame lifts Isotopes in comeback

    Five-run innings are terrific for climbing out of a 4-0 hole.

    Albuquerque’s beaseball team did just that in the bottom of the fourth frame Sunday evening on the way to defeating Iowa 8-6.

    The Isotopes improved to 41-56 and the Cubs slipped to 60-39. Tonight’s series closer is the last game before the All-Star break.

    Tagg Bozied led the ‘Topes, going 4 of 5 with two runs. Chris Barnwell, John Gall, Alberto Concepcion and starting pitcher Dallas Trahern each collected two hits, with Concepcion and Andrew Beattie driving in two runs apiece.

  • Complex remains school's property

    An $11.5 million multipurpose educational complex remains Luna Community College’s top priority for funding.

    This week, the college’s Board of Trustees approved a five-year capital projects plan. The college has been trying to secure money for the complex for five years, and it’s now $4 million away from getting all the funding, as long as voters statewide pass a general obligation bond in November.

  • Hospital ordered to negotiate

    In its struggle with Alta Vista Regional Hospital, a union has won every single legal battle since the spring of 2007. Last week, that win streak continued.

    The National Labor Relations Board, in a June 30 opinion, ordered the private hospital to bargain with District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. The agency has ruled that the hospital had broken federal law by refusing to sit down with labor.

    The decision was in response to the union’s filing of an unfair labor practices complaint.

  • Woman acquires sculpted body

    The shedding of 20 percent of one’s body weight can be daunting, but when such a loss, for a woman who stands at five-feet, is planned, then it’s called “training.”

    The statistics for Felicia Armijo: 21 years old; five feet tall; previous weight, 117 pounds; current weight, six months later, 97.

    Felicia, the twin of Francheska and older sister to Seth, 15, Victoria, 13, and Darian, 12, is the daughter of Darren and Darlene Armijo of Las Vegas.

  • Fear

    Theres something about thunder that excites me. It reminds me of when I was little and I used to scream at every loud boom and hide under the table. Or of when my family would be driving somewhere and I would count the seconds between each flash of lightning, to figure out how close it was.