Today's News

  • Backhoe stolen near sheriff's office

    A front-end loader belonging to Mora County was stolen from next to the Mora County sheriff’s office, said Peter Martinez, a Mora County commissioner.

    The theft is believed to have occurred between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The front-end loader is a model 420D Caterpillar 4x4 backhoe with roughly 1,000 hours of use.

    “It’s disheartening that the thieves thought they were stealing from the county,” Martinez said, “because that was bought with taxpayer dollars. They were stealing from themselves.”

  • Las Vegas evaluated

    A team of outside experts evaluated Las Vegas’ offerings, and they found that its people, history and natural beauty are assets.

    But they also made recommendations on Thursday for improving Las Vegas’ downtown areas.

    The three-day evaluation was part of the state’s recent designation of the Meadow City’s downtown areas as an Arts and Cultural District.

  • WLV student sings at state event

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    Chantae “Tae” Bustamante, a West Las Vegas High School junior, was one of four varsity cheerleaders from New Mexico selected to sing the National Anthem at this year’s State Spirit Competition held at the Pit on the University of New Mexico campus recently.

    Bustamante, 16, was the featured vocalist for the commencement of Session 3 of this year’s competition.

  • Theological diversity

    “Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people’s suffering. On these lines every religion has more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal.” The Dalai Lama

    Below is a sampling of The Golden Rule, or Ethic of Reciprocity, as expressed in several different religions.

    •Baha’ii: “Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.” Baha’ul’lah

    •Christianity: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31

  • Official criticizes past decisions

    The city’s top water official says he believes the city may have wasted millions in federal dollars by drilling another well at Taylor Wells. And he plans to get an independent entity to examine the project.

    George DuFour, the city’s utilities director, criticized past city management for its focus on the new well at Taylor Wells, which cost $4 million in federal money. He said the city should seriously consider a rancher’s offer to lease wells in the area of Taylor Wells southwest of Las Vegas.

  • Luna scholarships available

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    All eligible individuals are encouraged to apply for Luna Community College’s Roadrunner and Horizon Scholarships that are currently available for the 2008-09 school year.

    “We encourage all eligible students to apply and take advantage of the resources Luna Community College has to offer,” said LCC Financial Assistance Director Regina Madrid.

  • County prevails in fight over ambulance

    Two months ago, the County Commission chose a new company to provide ambulance services to the county’s unincorporated areas.

    The divorce with the old company wasn’t a happy one.

    On Wednesday, the county got a court order giving it immediate possession of an ambulance the county contended that it had purchased in 2004 with $50,000 in public funds. The county had let Rocky Mountain use the ambulance during the period of their agreement. But the company hadn’t given it back.

    The county showed state District Court that it had title to the ambulance.

  • Students form service club

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    LAS VEGAS – As part of the global effort to promote peace and understanding, 14 New Mexico Highlands University students have joined with 12 Armand Hammer United World College students to form the first-ever local Rotaract Club.

    Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for women and men ages 18 to 30. It is one of Rotary International's most significant and fastest-growing service programs.

  • City Council to hold retreat this weekend

    The City Council will hold an “informational retreat” on Saturday.

    The all-day meeting will start at 9 a.m. in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s board room.

    Mayor Tony Marquez noted that the retreat is being held in town, not out of the city as in the past. The city last held a retreat in 2005 at Pendaries.

    In the morning, department directors will get 10 to 20 minutes each to detail to the governing body their departments’ missions, goals, budgets, employee counts and issues, Marquez said.

  • 3 suspected of shooting at windows

    Las Vegas police said they are likely to charge three people in connection with shooting out windows on at least seven cars on the east side.

    Their reason for causing the damage? For the fun of it, according to a police report.

    Police said the suspects are an 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy.

    According to the report, the three admitted to loading two BB rifles and shooting at car windows for fun. The other two said the driver also shot out windows.