Today's News

  • Santa Rosa girls top Mora

    A clash between two of the better Class 2A girls’ basketball teams in New Mexico bounced the way of the Santa Rosa Lions on Tuesday night.


    Santa Rosa outscored host Mora by nine points in the second half to come away from the Montoya Gym with a 52-40 victory. The fifth-ranked Lions improved to 11-5, while the Rangerettes slipped to 12-5.


  • Saturday WLV game lineup changed

    Saturday’s scheduled West Las Vegas-Raton girls’ basketball meeting has been changed to include just a varsity contest.

    The game will tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym. No junior varsity or C-team games will be played, WLV coach and athletic director Jose Medina announced this week.

    District 2-3A play begins this week for both WLV and Robertson.

  • Cowboy wrestlers 0-3 in Prescott amid solid individual perofrmances

    New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team lost all three head-to-head team encounters in this past weekend’s Embry-Riddle Mile High Duals in Prescott, Ariz., but the Cowboys did have some strong individual performances.

    Highlands lost 28-19 to host Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, 37-9 against Menlo College, and 39-8 vs. San Francisco State.

  • A Thoreau beating: Dons win by 20

    Adrian Rivera was an inside AND outside threat Monday afternoon, hitting four outside shots on his way to 21 points.

    Rivera and the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team cruised to a 74-54 win over Thoreau at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons improved to 10-7 under first-year head coach David “Morgan” Montaño.in the team’s last tuneup before the onset of district play. West plays host to Santa Fe Indian on Wednesday.

  • Martinez, Diaz, Armijo lead locals in Joe Vivian tourney

    A runner-up finish by Robertson’s Daniel Martinez and third-place outcomes for Wally Diaz of RHS and John Armijo of West Las Vegas were local highlights at this past weekend’s Joe Vivian Classic in Albuquerque.

    Defending Class 5A champion Rio Rancho — a squad featuring a couple of former Las Vegans — ran away with the team championship, racking up 249 points to Class 4A champ Belen’s 153.5.

  • Rangerettes send Bears into hibernation; Hope next

    It’s on to the semifinals for the Mora Rangerettes, who defeated Hatch Valley 56-39 on Thursday in the Hope Christian Invitational.

    Mora (11-3 and ranked fourth among Class 2A girls’ teams) will play tourney host Hope at 6 p.m. Friday for a spot in the final.

    “It was another good victory for us,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “We started out very strong — it was 23-12 after the first quarter — and we just maintained and finished strong.”

  • Man killed by train ID’d

    State police have identified a man killed in a train-truck collision just north of town.

    He was 35-year-old Michael Esquibel of Las Vegas. State police say he was crossing the railroad tracks on N.M. 250 when the Amtrak train hit his pickup truck Thursday. The crossing is designated with a posted rail road crossing sign, but no other controls.

    It was the second fatal collision at the site in the past four months. In September, 11-year-old Fred Stark of Denver died when an Amtrak train hit his car.

  • West gets improved track, field

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson said you don’t have to be an athlete to feel the excitement in seeing the new turf being put in at the new football field on the West campus.

    “Everybody’s happy to see the dream come true, from the moment they laid that first roll of artificial turf, the excitement has been mounting. My assistant, John Bustos, and I went to the field to watch the workers in act-ion, it’s amazing how they lay it down, sew it in place and look for imperfections to make sure that everything is just right,” Parson said.

  • Candidate says she's not running

    Teresa Gray, a candidate for the Las Vegas City Schools board, says she is not running an active race.

    Her name will still be on the ballot because she didn’t meet the deadline for withdrawal.

    She said she decided to pull out because she is now working full time at the Wind River Ranch. Before, she was a part-time employee. She said her schedule won’t allow her to serve on the board.

    “I feel horrible that my name is on the ballot. I hope it doesn’t take votes away from anyone,” Gray said.

  • State pulls back city money

    The city of Las Vegas had changed its mind about how it wanted to spend $1.2 million in state water money.

    Now the state is pulling back the funding altogether.

    The state Water Trust Board on Thursday decided to withdraw the $1.2 million as well as a $200,000 loan that was allocated to the city in 2006.

    City officials had sought a time extension to meet the requirements for the money; the deadline was Dec. 31.