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Today's News

  • Shiprock rattles West Las Vegas

    Relentless from opening tip to final buzzer, Shiprock put West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball team on its collective heels Monday evening en route to a 79-54 triumph in the first round of the Stu Clark Tournament.

    Showing depth and discipline along with its usual tough and scrappy play, Shiprock began to blow the game open in the third quarter, outgunning the Dons 32-16 in the period.

    The Chieftains had led a mere 30-29 at intermission.

  • West leader calls for unity

    West Las Vegas school board President Christine Ludi has asked her colleagues to put their personal differences aside for the benefit of the district’s students.

    “We all know that there is a division within this board. We have differences of opinion, different ideas and different outlooks on how the district is supposed to be run,” she told the board at a recent meeting.

    “But I hope we have one thing in common — the education of our children, which is the most important thing and the reason we are all here,” Ludi said.

  • Longtime watchdog running for council

    A local businessman and activist is the second candidate to enter the race for the Ward 4 seat on the City Council.

    David Romero of Ro-mero’s Automotive, Tire and Muffler Center said he would run in the March 2 election. The other candidate is Mike Roybal, son of the current Ward 4 councilman, Cruz Roybal, who isn’t running for another term.

  • Highlands student center in the works

    Highlands University officials say plans for a new student center are moving forward.

    But at least one resident in a nearby historic neighborhood promises to oppose the school’s purchase of Eighth Street lots for a parking lot.

    The university plans to go out to bid for the new student center early next year, with construction slated to start in the spring. Construction is expected to last 18 months, with completion sometime in 2011.

  • Lady Dons 2nd; Rangerettes 4th

    West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons are the second-ranked girls’ basketball team in Class 3A, according to the most recent coaches’ poll published by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

  • Report gives East praise, criticism

    Compared to other school districts, the Las Vegas City Schools fared relatively well in a recent state report.

    The Legislative Finance Committee has evaluated the City Schools, West Las Vegas, Bernalillo, Bloomfield and Aztec.

    The team of evaluators told the City Schools that the district did pretty well overall, but needed to look at a financial plan, compensation packages and student performance.

  • Area woman rescues dogs

    Unlike many dog lovers, Leslie Moniot isn’t looking for purebreds. She prefers mutts.

    That’s because she’s interested in rescuing canines, and plenty of places exist for purebreds. Not so for mixed breeds.

    Over the summer, she moved from a small town in southern California to Romeroville. Since 2001, she’s been providing homes for dogs.

    She takes in large dogs from animal shelters, usually just before they are about to be put down.

  • Villanueva couple wins $50,000

    Frank and Martha Gutierrez of Villanueva have won $50,000 through the New Mexico Lottery.

    Before turning in late the night of Dec. 20, the road-weary couple decided to play two New Mexico Lottery Scratchers purchased earlier in the evening while on their way home from Albuquerque. They found that they won a $50,000 prize.

    “I woke up every hour wondering, ‘What if this isn’t true?’” Martha Gutierrez recalled for lottery officials in Albuquerque.

    Frank Gutierrez was also in disbelief.

  • Stu Clark tourney under way

    An annual holiday treat for more than half a century, the 56th annual Stu Clark Tournament is tipping off today at the Wilson Complex.

    Tickets and tourney passes are available at the door and from various local merchants.

    In the opening session (1 and 3 p.m.), Stu Clark newcomer Del Norte takes on St. Pius X, and Artesia meets Portales.

    Day one’s evening session features West Las Vegas vs. Shiprock at 6 p.m., followed by Robertson vs. Bernalillo at 8.

    Monday winners play in the evening session on Tuesday; losers in the afternoon session.

  • Letter: Council right to reject invocation

    The City Council has unanimously rejected a proposal by Mayor Tony Marquez to open each meeting with an invocation, and rightfully so. There is no legal basis for including prayer at public meetings; there is, in fact, a legal basis to prohibit it.  Thankfully the City Council has the good sense to reject this second attempt to inject religion into the public square.