Today's News

  • Chamber spends more with KFUN

    The local chamber of commerce is spending less of its city funds with its leader’s radio stations than with his local rival.

    Matt Martinez, the president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, is also the manager of KNMX, KMDZ and KBQL.

    In recent months, City Councilman Andrew Feldman has questioned whether the chamber should be investing any city money into advertising with Martinez’s stations as long as Martinez stays as president. Feldman has called such an arrangement a conflict of interest.

  • As It Is: Good news in West Las Vegas

    Taxpayers in the Las Vegas City Schools district are in for a 30 percent property tax increase when the county treasurer sends out the bills next month.

    But on the west side of the river, residents are actually seeing a big cut. Last year, the property tax bill for my New Mexico Avenue house came in at $784. This year, $686 — a 14 percent drop.


    That’s all thanks to the bond schedule in the West Las Vegas district. Whatever the case, I can’t stop humming the Dons’ fight song.

  • Grizzly beating for HU

    Unable to capitalize on the feel-good vibe from the previous week’s thrilling homecoming victory, the New Mexico Highlands football team stumbled to a 55-0 defeat Saturday at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo.

    Terjean Saffold scored four touchdowns — three on the ground and one through the air — for the Grizzlies (2-4, 1-3).

    The Cowboys (1-5, 1-3) were held to 110 offensive yards; Jordan Mendoza went 14 of 26 for 84 yards and three interceptions. Kevon Williams caught five passes but was contained to 14 yards.

  • HU spikers stay winless in league

    Sarah Dirmeyer whipped 11 kills — matching a match high — and made only three attack errors Friday night, but it was for naught as New Mexico Highlands lost in three games to visiting Western State College.

    The visiting Mountaineer women improved to 8-7 overall and 3-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while NMHU slid to 4-13 and 0-8, respectively.

  • Board wants to close Union

    The West Las Vegas school board tentatively decided last week to move the district’s alternative Family Partnership School into what is now Union Elementary. 

    At a special meeting, the board was unanimous in its decision, overruling a recommendation by the district’s superintendent and architect.

    For years, Union has gained statewide recognition for academic achievement. Its reading and math proficiency scores are the highest in the area.

  • Public can talk to East board about tax hike

    The Las Vegas City Schools board is expected to get the public’s feedback on the unexpected property tax increase at its work session on Thursday.

    The board found out about the tax increase last month. Property owners will see a 30 percent hike in their property tax bills, which will come out in November. A resident who paid $1,500 in taxes in 2009 will pay nearly $2,000 this year.

  • Forum set for state rep candidates

    A forum for the two candidates for District 70 state representative is set for Thursday.

    The event will be 6-8 p.m. in the lecture hall at Memorial Middle School.

    The candidates are the incumbent, Democrat Richard Vigil, and Republican Mel Root. Travis Regensberg had filed as an independent candidate, but the secretary of state determined that he didn’t have enough petition signatures.

    Vigil, who has served since 1999, ran against Root in 2008, prevailing with 70 percent of the vote.

  • Editorial: Still more cuts

    The West Las Vegas school district is disenrolling nine children from its pre-kindergarten program. Superintendent Ruben Cordova said he regretted having to make such a decision.

    As with many programs these days, pre-kindergarten has faced its share of state budget cuts. That’s the result of a tough economy, where nearly 10 percent of the workforce remains unemployed.

    Next year, the state government will have to make some more tough decisions on spending cuts and tax increases. In Las Vegas, where the state government reigns, we’ll have to brace ourselves.

  • Jaguar Invite showcases LV runners

    A third-place finish in this past Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational — behind only Littleton (Colo.) and Rio Rancho — is further evidence that this Robertson girls’ cross country team is for real.

    Kaitlin Hutchinson continued a stellar senior campaign with a third-place individual finish. The Lady Cardinals’ leader completed the 5-kilometer course at the Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Complex in 20 minutes, 45 seconds.

  • RHS' soccer enjoys blowouts

    Back-to-back blowout victories were on the menu as the Robertson boys’ soccer team got some long-awaited home cooking this past week.

    On Monday afternoon, the Cardinals enjoyed a scoring smorgasbord in a 10-0 win over Peñasco.

    Keen Martinez and Henry Robertson each scored a three-goal hat trick, and Brandon Trujillo added two goals and two assists for Robertson.

    The Cardinals and head coach Clarence Montoya hope to win out their remaining games and clinch another district championship.