Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 26, 2016


    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Friends of Las Vegas Carnegie Library will host their used book sale at Carnegie Library Park during the People’s Faire.

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Noticias - Aug. 26, 2016

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    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562 or Frances at 575-815-8544.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 26, 2016

    At age 93, Las Vegas’ own Living Legend, Antonia Apodaca, doesn’t miss a beat as she plays her accordion. The local icon drew quite a bit of publicity recently when she performed at the Nuestra Musica program at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. The program in which Apodaca appeared was televised on KNME, channel 5.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 26, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Special session will put a Band-Aid on an open wound

    Susana Martinez must hate having to call the legislature into session.

    The Republican governor doesn’t have much of a record of success there, largely because of an obstinate Senate and its Democratic majority. But thanks to an inability or unwillingness to resolve matters in the last regular session, Martinez must now call her second special session this year. That must sting.

  • Hungry for more - After coming close to title in 2015, Robertson football looking for return trip

    Just a few proverbial bounces of the ball separated Robertson from its fourth state football championship this past December in Hatch.

    That defeat lingers in the minds of RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez and his players as they get ready to open the 2016 slate Friday night against visiting Estancia.

    “It’s a bad taste in our mouths,” he said. “You’re right there — and it just doesn’t happen. Sure (it’s a motivator). It’s our goal to win our last game.”

  • Seeking the right balance

    Over the past two decades, West Las Vegas football fans have grown accustomed to a pass-heavy attack that has produced varying degrees of success.

    Expect that to change some this fall.

    “I expect us to be more balanced on offense,” predicted Dons head coach Adrian Gonzales, in the middle of a week preparing for his squad’s season-opening trip to Clayton. (Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday.)

    “We’re going to have more of a run game than we’ve had in years past.”

  • Amnesty 5K run a success

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    Amnesty International Group 463 organized the third annual 5-kilometer AIR run on Saturday, Aug. 13, in town.

    Each of the 30-plus participants aged 8 to 70-plus dedicated the race to a prisoner of conscience.

    Overall winner Javier Torres-Hughes impressed observers by finishing with a time of 18:50, with Ivan Gold following in 22:19 and Aman Winkel, age 12, in 23:40.

    Xzavier Gutierrez, at age 10 the youngest male runner, was fourth with a time of 24:16.

  • One last push - Final homestand crucial to Isotopes’ hopes

    Albuquerque’s slender playoff hopes took a blow Wednesday night with a 4-2 loss to division-leading El Paso.

    The Chihuahuas (69-62 as of Thursday) have enjoyed a cozy lead atop the PCL’s Pacific Southern much of the summer.

    But a recent surge by the Isotopes (63-67) has seen them ascend from the division cellar to second place, five and a half games behind El Paso.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 26, 2016

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catch of the week
    Conchas Lake: Joe Weber of Albuquerque caught and released a 4.7-pound smallmouth bass Aug. 21. He was using a Zara Spook. Young Darrius King of Santa Fe caught his biggest smallmouth bass weighing in at 1.5 pounds Aug. 21. He was using a weedless jig with a rage craw trailer.