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Today's News

  • Solar tax credits pay New Mexicans to go green

    Solar energy systems are good for the environment and good for your wallet. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by solar energy instead of a coal-fired power plant, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by two pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) and three-quarters of a gallon of water is saved.

  • Spinning truthful yarns

    The first thing that strikes the listener is that the woman’s voice is stone cold melodic, even, unafraid. She stands at a microphone, her head cocked to one side as she interlaces curt words, deliberate ideas, into a rug tightly-woven enough to carry weight. Her gestures suggest necessary defiance, the aural transfer of sacred inalienable truth.

  • HU dorm project set to start soon

    Highlands University has taken another step toward making an upscale residence hall a reality on the Las Vegas campus.

    The Highlands University Board of Regents last week approved a bond purchase agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority that will be used to build the dorms.

    “What the board did is approve the agreement between Highlands and the NMFA to actually generate the construction revenue that’s going to be needed to build the new residence facilities,” board Chairman Javier Gonzales said.

  • Memorial Middle School goes green

    At Memorial Middle School, students don’t just talk about the environment — they get hands-on lessons.

    The Memorial Middle School agricultural science center emphasizes agricultural, horticultural and natural resource science. Students are learning about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, as they grow their own fruits and vegetables, build wind turbines and learn about solar power.

  • Deputy chief to run for recruiting effort

    Most people are still sleeping when Christian Montao, Las Vegas’ deputy police chief, gets up to exercise.

    Since Jan. 3, Montao has logged 204 miles of running and plans to add another 30 in the next week and a half. He has also done 35 hours of cross training.

    He is preparing to take part in a 15.2-mile run as part of the the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces on March 30.

    Officer Eric Padilla plans to march 15.2 miles, Montao said.

  • County plans bike, walking path

    San Miguel County is working on a long-term effort to extend the city riverwalk all the way to United World College in Montezuma, an official said this week.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, said the county is working on a master plan created in the 1990s when County Manager Les Montoya was then serving as city manager. The riverwalk in town was finished in the 1990s. “It’s going to be a nice project. The county wants to do its part,” Garcia said.

  • Springwater

    I'm sitting on the floor next to the woodstove listening to the radio

    it's bringing me voices of protest against the war

    tens of thousands from all over the country

    angry

    righteous

    drumming voices

    when slowly i begin to weep

    seep

    then im sobbing bent forward into my hands it all comes rushing out of my

    shoulders out of my spine

    which must be where ive been putting all of those endless stories of death

    the 8.4 billion a month spent

    the seemingly unstoppable abuse of power

  • Five cheerleaders kicked off team

    Five West Las Vegas High School cheerleaders were removed from the team this week in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident in Albuquerque last weekend, an official said Wednesday.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu confirmed that cheerleading coach Krystle King made the decision to remove the cheerleaders. He said he was fine with the coach’s decision.

  • The hidden paradise

    As three movies were filming in town last month I came to realize that the world has discovered our secret, and how great Las Vegas really is.

    When I drive down Seventh and Eighth streets, I see rows of Victorian homes. On the west side of town there are hundreds of traditional southwestern homes, which show off the architecture of the original Las Vegas. I am told that the same houses in another part of the country would cost five to 10 times as much and that the Victorians would be priced at least $1 million.

  • Polish your plate!

    My Polish grandma died five years ago. Babcia lived in the middle apartment of a triple tenement house in New England for all of her married life. She worked all those years, too, in a beat-up shoe factory she called the “coop.” When I was a kid, I thought she meant it like a chicken coop, a place of barbed wire and rows of feathered ladies like hens producing shiny patent leather inventory. Later I learned it was really short for The Cooperative. Babcia spent long days drilling tiny holes into men’s wing- tipped shoes. She was an artist.