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Today's News

  • Historic figures return to the Plaza

    Spirits from the past will haunt the Plaza Hotel beginning this weekend. A multimedia video presentation capturing historic Las Vegas characters will be projected onto the windows of the hotel and visible from Plaza Park.

     

    “The Plaza Hotel and Park seems like the perfect place for the Highlands Media Arts video project that focuses on our local history,” said Wid Slick, one of the owners of the Plaza Hotel. “The state designated Las Vegas as an arts and culture community and now it’s up to us to do something about it,” Slick added.

  • Mayor struggles to get information

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wants answers from state government about the intent for more than $1 million in funding.

    But he says has hasn’t received any definitive information.

    The state Water Trust Board has apparently approved a change in the purpose for the $1.2 million. The board operates through the New Mexico Finance Authority and works with the state Environment Department.

  • Denish picks Las Vegan for her transition team

    A Las Vegan is joining Lt. Gov. Diane Denish’s transition team as she prepares to become the next governor.

    Former Las Vegas Mayor Matt Martinez was named Wednesday as the leader of the Healthy Families and Communities Advisory Team.

    Martinez, who manages KNMX and KMDZ radio stations, is the vice president of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He served as mayor from 1998 to 2000.

  • EDITORIAL: Saying no to lobbyist

    The Las Vegas City Council made the right decision last week when it rejected a proposal to include lobbying duties in the grant writer’s job description.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said the skills required of a lobbyist are far different from that of a grant writer. A grant writer for the city has to have considerable knowledge about the mechanics of government and the ability to research. A lobbyist, meanwhile, has to know how to work the political scene.

    Madrid made another good point: The mayor and council members themselves can serve as lobbyists.

  • Woman facing fraud charges

    A Las Vegas woman is accused of illegally using people’s credit card numbers to take money from a cash register at her workplace.

    Jessica Gamel, 21, 1620 1/2 Eighth St., faces 18 counts of fraud and six counts of forgery.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the owner of Pino’s Restaurant told officers last week that he believed Gamel, one of his waitresses, got several credit card numbers taking reservations in her job at Plaza Hotel and used them to her benefit at Pino’s.

  • Native American pageant held

    The Winter Buffalo Dance may have been the key to Kaylina Abeyta’s victory.

    Kaylina Abeyta, a member of the Ohkay Owingeh tribe, was crowned Miss Highlands University Native American Queen during the third annual Native American Pageant at Sala de Madrid last week. She replaces outgoing Queen Courtney Hudson.

    Abeyta wowed the audience with the Winter Buffalo Dance and said she’s been dancing since she was a little girl.

  • Hospital adds administrative post

    The state hospital says it has created a new management position to make the facility more efficient.

    Morris Madrid, the hospital’s finance director for the last couple of years, has been appointed to the newly created position of director of operational efficiencies.

    “In light of the current budget and economic conditions, he has graciously agreed to accept this role without additional compensation,” hospital administrator Troy Jones said in a memo to employees last week.

  • Man who fed millions of birds over his career retiring

    Jean Jaureguiberry, a 32-year employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is leaving the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge and the many, many birds he has fed over his long career.

    This month, Jaureguiberry will hang up his tractor keys and lay down his gloves to retire and begin a new chapter of his life.

  • EDITORIAL: Don't ruin a good thing

    Parents of students at Union Elementary take a special pride in their school. It’s small, and its students have been testing very well compared to others across the state.

    For some years now, the West Las Vegas district has been considering moving Union classes to Tony Serna Elementary and transferring the Family Partnership to Union.

    The school board should think long and hard before putting this plan into action. We’d hate to see a good thing end.

  • LETTER: Health, other issues must be considered

    I am an off-grid, parttime resident of the Wrye Ranch area on the mesa south of Starvation Peak in San Miguel County and I am an advocate of alternative energy. However, I was recently  concerned about the plans described for the La Sierrita Wind Project in the “Residents Wary of the Mesa Wind Farm Deal” article in The New Mexican, dated Nov. 13, 2008.