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Today's News

  • Schools make gains, district leaders say

    Superintendents from both East and West school districts are pointing out the gains made by their students in statewide ratings released this week.

    However, the state Public Education Department’s assessment of schools throughout New Mexico isn’t quite as rosy.

    A total of 568 schools around the state failed to meet the federal standard of adequate yearly progress under a system for assessing schools. That’s up from 549 schools that didn’t make the standard in 2008.

  • LV fighter to star in ‘Rage’

    Las Vegas native Norman Martinez is scheduled to compete in “Rage In The Cage,” a mixed martial arts card slated for August 15 at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo.

    Martinez, who fights at 155 pounds, will represent New Mexico against Arizona’s Eddie Jacobs.

    The card, promoted the Phoenix-based Rage In The Cage MMA organization, features a number of Arizona vs. New Mexico matchups for bragging rights. New Mexico won last year’s competition.

  • ‘Gilmore’ can’t help but make us happy

    Adam Sandler’s over-the-top goofiness and juvenile humor aren’t for everyone. Critics say he’s got no talent as an actor, although many of those naysayers apparently haven’t seen Sandler’s brilliant turns in “Punch Drunk Love” and “Reign Over Me.” Some may still argue that the onetime Saturday Night Live comic relies too much on schtick even in more dramatic roles.

  • Column: A common-sense county

    Thank God for a County Commission with common sense. I’m referring to the San Miguel County Commission, which recently chose not to jump on a “green” bandwagon sent courtesy of the New Mexico Environment Department.

  • LETTER: Follow rules already in place

    I am extremely interested in the issue of drilling for oil and gas now before us in Mora County.

    This, truly, is the time for our Mora County commissioners and the planning and zoning officials to stand behind the excellent Development Guidance System and Comprehensive Land Use Guidelines. These documents are well articulated and should remain in their original design.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... CLEARING UP THE PROBLEM. District Judge Eugenio Mathis has stepped down as chief judge, who is in charge of assigning caseloads. This move was precipitated by a state Supreme Court decision.

    Last year, Mathis married his assistant, Michelle Pino, and that concerned the state Supreme Court. Our review of the state court system’s nepotism policy doesn’t address a situation in which a supervisor married someone who is already employed. So a case could have been made that Mathis and Pino were technically in compliance with the rules.

  • Man accused of murder before

    Natividad “Steve” Roybal, the man recently charged with killing Terrie Greer near Camp Luna by hitting her on the head with a rock, was charged with murder once before.

    Roybal was arrested and tried for the 1987 Halloween night murder of Las Vegas resident Rick Gonzales.

    According to a police report, Officer Phillip Vigil was dispatched to the Monte Vista apartments about half-past midnight to investigate a shooting. On arrival, he found Gonzales lying on the floor, his head resting on a Domino’s pizza box, a bullet hole just below his right eye.

  • LETTER: Student did really well in competition

    The family and friends of Chantelle Lucero would like to send her congratulations.  Chantelle traveled with West Las Vegas Middle School to Dallas Texas in June 2009 to compete in the Business Professionals of America as the only high school student representing West Las Vegas High.

    We are very proud of our middle school for taking first in the completion. Chantelle placed within the top 10 in Dallas and later on found out she ranked fifth overall.

    We would also like to thank Chantelle’s sponsor, Laurie Sandoval, for all her time, support and leadership.

  • Another charged in crime

    Authorities are charging a man who allegedly knew that a woman had been murdered but waited more than a day to tell the police.

    A magistrate judge has signed off on a warrant for Bob Martinez of Las Vegas. Martinez faces charges of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

    On Sunday, state police arrested Natividad “Steve” Roybal on charges of an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and resisting officers. The alleged victim was Terrie Greer.

  • Residents complain about police

    About 50 people came together Sunday to discuss the issue of alleged police misconduct in Las Vegas and to organize a citizens committee to deal with the issue.

    Former interim Police Chief William Cruz and San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz were among those present.

    Pat Leahan, Lorenzo Flores and Steve Flores, the organizers of the event, spoke briefly of the need for an independent citizens committee. The city is also considering a police oversight commission to handle complaints against officers.