Today's News

  • Work of Art: A cure for ‘huevoncy’

    Almost daily we read or hear about someone who’s upset over not being allowed to use a restroom of his/her choice.

    When I taught at Highlands, the word “gender” referred to grammatical terms such as he or she. It wasn’t used to describe sex, as in male or female. But in the past few years, an issue — which I won’t dare try to officiate — regarding which restroom one should occupy, has become big news.

  • West world - Late three-pointer caps East-West boys’ thriller

    John Balizan has found his happy place.

    It’s a little area near the far right corner, just beyond the three-point line. It’s where Balizan struck with an epic long-range basket for the second time this winter.

    This time the shot came with less than 10 seconds left in regulation on the biggest stage yet this basketball season – the District 2-4A boys’ tournament final Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym, with thousands in attendance.

  • Lady Dons upset Lady Cards to hoist banner in 2-4A

    For the 10th time in Jose Medina’s 15-year tenure as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach, the Lady Dons reached the district tournament final.

    For the eighth time in that span, the Lady Dons emerged victorious.

    West upset host Robertson, the regular-season champ, 40-37 on Friday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    While the Lady Cardinals and coach Leroy Barela went on to receive the higher seed in the upcoming state tournament because of that regular season, the 2-4A banner and a measure of bragging rights went to their crosstown rivals.

  • State brackets out: Panthers a No. 1 seed

    No mystery here. The Pecos Panthers, riding a 25-game win streak and unbeaten this year against fellow Class 3A boys’ basketball teams, are the No. 1 seed in that state tournament.

    Brackets for all classifications were released late Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. State tournament play begins Friday for girls and Saturday for boys across the state. First-round games will be hosted by higher seeds at their home campuses. Then the tournaments will shift to neutral sites for subsequent rounds March 7-11.

  • Locals help Cowgirls to 4th

    NMHU women’s track and field earned a fourth place finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor championships hosted by Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., over the weekend.

    Two of the Meadow City’s own homegrown stars helped the Cowgirls conquer the 1,600-meter relay in the meet.

    Robertson alumnus Kristen Montaño and West Las Vegas’ Jayme Quintana teamed with Tashay Hunter and Elicia Gallegos to set a facility record in a winning time of 3:51.36.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 1, 2017

    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico (DH), noon, Cowgirl Field

    • NMHU vs. Colorado School of MInes, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Class 4A state tournament: Robertson girls vs. St. Michael’s, 6 p.m., Mike Marr Gym; West Las Vegas girls vs. Socorro, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Class 3A state tournament: Pecos girls vs. Loving, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Class 2A state tournament: Mora girls at Ramah, TBA, Ramah

  • Plea deal in sexual assaults

    The 76-year-old Las Vegas man accused of forcing three mentally ill women to have sex with him and then paying them with cigarettes and sodas, has taken a plea deal in the case.

    Benjamin Baca, of the 1000 block of Jackson Street, was accused of targeting residents of boarding homes on New Mexico Avenue and Ninth Street. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to three counts of third degree criminal sexual penetration. Each of those counts represents a different woman.

    Baca’s trial had been slated to start on March 14.

  • Fiery extravaganza - Iron Tribe performance pour Thursday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Molten metal flung against a wall will burst into a spectacular display like fireworks  during Highlands University’s Iron Tribe 2017 performance casting event from 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m.  Thursday.

    The iron pour performance is based upon Dashuhua, the ancient Chinese Festival of Lights tradition that is still popular during the Chinese new year. The performance will be in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.

  • House Dems block ban

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Democratic-control House committee blocked a proposal Thursday that would have banned alcohol for New Mexico’s repeat drunken drivers and created one of the most restrictive DWI laws in the country.

    By a 3-2 vote along party lines, The House Consumer and Public Affairs tabled a bill that would have mandated a lifetime alcohol ban for those convicted of a third drunken driving conviction.

  • House panel backs special chile pepper license plate

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — With red and green chile saturating nearly every facet of life in New Mexico, a legislative panel on Thursday put its support behind a measure that calls for the creation of a special license plate adorned with the hot peppers.

    The House Transportation and Public Works Committee gave a favorable recommendation to the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Cathrynn Brown of Carlsbad.