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Today's News

  • Boomers, race and Vietnam

    Two issues have always haunted Baby Boomers: Vietnam and race. And while significant process has been made on the issue of race, the nation is still arguing over the lessons of the Vietnam War.

    That’s why Barack Obama has a chance to win the presidency even as the nation continues to debate the definition of patriotism.

  • Vida, Musica, Familia y Paz

    The smell of roasted corn and the vivid music of a mariachi band fill the hot July air. Friends and families are talking and laughing throughout the park. It seems you have found your way to the plaza, where the annual Fourth of July Fiestas are in full swing. Sound interesting?

  • Foreman and Redman

    SANTA FE — Former U.S. Reps. Ed Foreman and Bill Redmond have been in the news lately. Foreman endorsed Earl Greer in the Republican 2nd Congressional District primary and Redmond has been asked to provide advice on how the GOP candidate in the 3rd Congressional District might pull out a victory.

    Who are these men, you ask? Never heard of them? That’s understandable. They were rare exceptions in New Mexico’s U.S. House delegation. Foreman served only one two-year term. Redmond served just 17 months.

  • A weekend of Fiestas fun

    When it comes to Fiestas de Las Vegas, Paul Cordova is something of an expert. Even though he’s from Albuquerque.

    This week’s festivities marked the 50th year Cordova has sold refreshments in Plaza Park. On both sides of the Plaza he had booths selling candy apples, funnel cakes and other goodies as part of his business, Duke City Concessions.

    He started selling the treats when he was 12, during the days when his father ran a carnival in front of today’s Plaza Hotel.

  • Typing bell means coffee break

    Lately, we’ve seen photos of gleeful students being awarded personal laptop computers: the reward for completing a course, program or workshop.

    The prize, to be sure, is not really a freebie; students need to complete some course of study; nor is the windfall restricted to this area, as schools have for years lured students by offering them free computers.

  • Five women vie for crown

    The 2008 Reina de Las Vegas Fiesta Queen Pageant is the prelude to the community’s wider celebrations — a tradition dating back to 1938 when Mary Ulibarri Trujillo was crowned.

    This year’s masters of ceremonies, Pete Campos, and 2007 Reina Alyssa Lynn Moya, kept the audience in stitches with all their antics. Campos, a state senator, often wandered out into the crowd passing out crazy hats and other props he used throughout the show, while Moya kept the audience laughing with her dry wit and natural stage presence.

  • Little said about controversies

    During an emotional meeting less than two weeks ago, a City Council majority voted to dismiss six city department heads. By contrast, Wednesday’s council meeting was relatively calm.

    The meeting was held on the same day that the city held an employee appreciation lunch, which some officials said was the first such occasion in recent memory.

    No one directly addressed the firings during the meeting, but some noted the resulting tension.

  • Thumbs - Our high-country lowdown on the news

    VIVAN LA FIESTAS! It’s been a part of Las Vegas for six scores — 120 straight years of celebration the region’s heritage. And it’s in full force today, so grab your folding chairs and head on down to the Plaza for lots of Spanish song and dance, Southwest sun, and maybe a monsoon shower or two. And don’t forget the city fireworks show tonight.

    Enjoy this Fourth of July holiday, everyone — Las Vegas style!

  • 92 kazoos

    I recently returned from the best funeral I have ever attended. There was seating for 300 and at least another 100 stood in a companionable horseshoe around the edge of the rows of chairs. No minister presided but friends and family, a whole stable of wonderfully spiritual people, took their moments at the microphone, triggering not only tears but also laughter as they remembered the man we were all there to eulogize.

  • Station cancels weekly program

    A local radio station has canceled a weekend talk show, saying the program was too negative.

    KFUN owner Joseph Baca informed Bernard Schaer on Monday that the station was ending Schaer’s one-hour talk show, which has been running for two and a half years. The decision took effect immediately, with Baca asking Schaer to turn in his station keys.