Today's News

  • City seeks committee changes

    Mayor Tony Marquez told the City Council he wanted to eliminate unnecessary city committees and reduce the membership of advisory panels to five each.

    The council generally agreed to merge the Rifle Range Committee into the Public Safety Committee, and they called for eliminating the city’s Downtown Revitalization Committee, noting that the Economic Development Corporation already has a similar panel.

  • Officials talk about challenges

    Many of the city’s department directors called for higher wages for their employees and pushed for consistent pay plans during a City Council meeting Saturday.

    In a daylong “informational retreat,” the council gave department directors time to talk about issues in their departments. It was a rare chance for the officials to explain their challenges to the full council — the first such opportunity in at least three years.

  • City to look at Highlands dorm plan

    A city panel is expected to take another look at Highlands University’s plans for a three-story residence hall, a project that would close Washington Avenue.

    Last week, the city Planning and Zoning Commission delayed making a decision on the plan for the 100,000-square-foot hall, which would take up two acres. Members said they wanted more study of the traffic impact, among other issues.

  • 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.