Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 19, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Working stiffs: Pay attention to upcoming session

    This will be a year for laws governing jobs.

    If you’re a blue-collar worker, this will be a good time to start keeping up with the activities of the New Mexico Legislature. It convenes Tuesday for a 60-day session and two measures — related to “right to work” and the state’s minimum wage — are getting plenty of ink already.

  • Hope-WLV: Clash of the Titans

    If Saturday night’s marquee matchup between No. 1 Hope Christian and No. 2 West Las Vegas is any indication of things to come, this March’s state tournament should be a treat.

    The Huskies prevailed 73-68 in the championship game of Hope’s three-day boys’ tourney in Albuquerque.

    The two teams battled to a 17-all stalemate after one period, with Hope pulling ahead 31-28 by halftime. It was 48-42 going into the final period.

    Jordan Leake led the defending champs with 24 points. Dedric Milford had 22.

  • Shorthanded Lady Cards find a way

    With a sideline that bore a strong resemblance to a MASH unit, the Robertson girls’ basketball team needed a big game out of the healthy players it had available Thursday night against visiting Bernalillo.

    It got that.

  • LV wrestlers take titles

    This time, Rico had some company.

    Robertson senior Rico Montoya on Saturday night added to his collection of championship hardware with a 138-pound weight class title at the Joe Vivian Classic.

    Montoya (31-0) pinned Isaac Lopez of Rio Grande at the 5:01 mark for his fifth fall in as many matches over the two-day event, held at Albuquerque’s Cibola High School.

    Teammate Diego Trujillo joined him in victory, taking the title at 170 with a 4-3 thriller against Manzano’s Travis Decker.

  • Buzzer beater lifts Cowboys

    Las Vegas Optic

    Highlands’ Jonathon Mines racked up 27 points Friday night, but none were sweeter than the last three.

    Mines’ 3-pointer with 0.9 on the clock lifted the Cowboys past visiting Chadron State 98-95 for NMHU’s second victory of the winter under Craig Snow.

    Kendrick Nichols led all players with 30 points. Ricky Norris had 15 points, 10 boards, three assists.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 19

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C)  vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Grants, 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • Broad support for Martinez - Vote on city manager unanimous

    It’s official. By a vote of 3-to-0, the City Council on Tuesday confirmed Elmer Martinez as city manager and approved a contract for him that runs through the end of the year.

    The contract calls for Martinez, 58, to receive an annual salary of $89,664, which is about $20,000 less than the city was paying former city manager Timothy Dodge.

    Martinez, who has worked at the city for about 18 years, received a standing ovation following the vote. He has served as acting city manager since June.

  • Seven file for Luna board

    Seven people filed paperwork Wednesday to run for three seats on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    The Las Vegas-based District 2 race pits incumbent Tony A. Valdez against challengers Richard Jaramillo and Michael Angelo Adams. All three reside in Las Vegas.

    Valdez, who worked in law enforcement for nearly two decades, has served on the Luna board for about 7-1/2 years.

  • Padilla elected Commission chair

    By a split vote, the San Miguel County Commission elected Art Padilla as its chairman on Tuesday.

    The board also voted to move the time of its regular meetings from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.

    Commissioner Marcellino Ortiz had nominated  Nicolas Leger to remain as the Commission’s chairman, a position Leger had held for two years, but new commissioner Rock Ulibarri nominated Padilla.

    Commissioner Gilbert Sena joined Ulibarri and Padilla in electing Padilla to the position.