Today's News

  • Richard Martinez a coach of the year

    He’s seen many of his wrestlers draped with state championship medals, and he’s watched with pride as his teams have hoisted multiple state championship banners, including the last three in a row.

    Now it’s Robertson head coach Richard Martinez’s turn for some glory.

    Martinez on Friday was recognized by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association as its Coach of the Year for wrestling in 2008. The award is conferred regardless of classification.

  • An independents' year

    SANTA FE Might this be a year when independents determine the outcome of some of our top federal races? It could happen.

    Whenever there are open federal seats, independent and third-party candidates come out of the woodwork. This year, in addition to having four congressional vacancies in New Mexico, there also is no incumbent president.

    At the presidential level , expect to see more than two candidates on your ballot next November. Along with the usual selection of anonymous lightweights will be a couple of candidates approaching the middleweight class.

  • Keep debate on the war

    Since World War II, most of our major party presidential candidates have served in the military. That changed when Bill Clinton won the presidency in 1992. He was able to avoid serving during the height of the Vietnam War by getting college deferments.

  • Scouts lead Flag Day ceremony

    Girl Scout Troop 288 acted as flag bearers during the annual Elks Lodge Flag Day ceremony at the Las Vegas recreation center Friday.

    Barbara Venturi, Exalted Ruler Elks Lodge 408, said members are very patriotic and have been observing the day since its inception.

    “The flag is first in our hearts as loyal Americans and close to our alter as loyal Elks. So many things we do revolve around our flag and our country. Charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity are out guiding principals of our order,” Venturi said.

  • Isotopes look for series win Monday

    It’s been nearly two months since the Albuquerque Isotopes won a series in the Pacific Coast League. They’ve either split or lost every four-game set since April 19-21.

    But thanks in large part to the pitching of Bobby Keppel and Eulogio De La Cruz, the team is poised to end that drought today at Isotopes Park.

    First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. as the ‘Topes face Omaha in the finale of a series that has seen Albuquerque register two decisive wins in as many nights.

  • Many studios, one tour

    A set of rustic chairs, His and Hers, each painted with the visage of artist Grant Wood’s famous coupling, “American Gothic,” rests in Carol Baldwin’s home art studio.

    The chairs seem to hold a conversation with one another, pitchforked farmer stern and willful against a quiet woman, her hair pulled back into a severe bun. A shorter chair watches the exchange. Painted with Wood’s depiction of adolescence, a pin-feathered chicken, it eyes the couple with one watery eye.

  • Rotary 2008 golf tourney Saturday

    The Las Vegas Rotary Club is hosting its annual Golf Classic on Saturday at Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    The event, a fundraiser benefit for several charitable organizations and scholarships, begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Golfers are also invited to a pre-event reception beginning 6 p.m. Friday at the resort.

    Format for the 2008 Golf Classic is a four-person team scramble; only one player per team is allowed to have a handicap of nine or less, and the combined handicap must exceed 50.

  • WarDancer's helping hand

    An deliberately uneven row of paintings hangs against a colorful marbleized wall; traditional representations of Native American women and children in ochre and green, fantastic pointillist pieces in shades of the rainbow, mixed media depictions of moving dancers, of ristras swinging from adobe porches.

    Neita Fran Ward stands in the doorway of her WarDancer Gallery’s door, eyeing the carefully chosen collection.

  • Professor teaches science through gardening

    Peter Skelton points with pride to the many seedlings growing outside his greenhouse at Memorial Middle Schools. The seedlings, of concord grapes, and some special varieties of apple and apricot, have all been grafted onto hardy rootstock by his students.

    “We are researching which strains are appropriate for this bioregion,” Skelton said. “We are also using this to teach the students the differences between hybrids and clones.”

  • Pipe bomb found at home

    A pipe bomb discovered inside a mobile home Thursday kept police occupied for hours until a state bomb squad could safely get rid of it.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said officers found the bomb while assisting the Children Youth & Families Department in a child welfare visit to the trailer park in the 1200 block of North Commerce Street. Two children were in the home at the time, Gold said.