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Today's News

  • City: Cleanup progress made

    A resident who has filled her house with trash for years has moved somewhere else. So the problem appears to have improved some — except for when she visits her old place, an official said last week.

    The neighbors of Gordy Maxine Thatcher-Godfrey have objected for years to the junk she collects around town and then puts in her front yard and in her house on Tilden Street.

    The neighbors fear that her house is pulling down the values of their homes.

  • A man for all reasons

    The trim gentleman in a cowboy hat, rain slicker and cowboy boots strides across the already snow-covered entryway: one could almost imagine his, “Howdy, Ma’am” greeting.

    But no, that was not his utterance, and as he crossed the threshold into the house, he wiped his boots on the mat. Despite his outward appearance, this was no “rowdy cowboy.”

  • Candidates file for school board seats

    All three West Las Vegas school board incumbents whose seats are up for election are running again.

    For the Las Vegas City Schools, only member Patrick Romero is seeking to stay.

    Tuesday was filing day for school board candidates around New Mexico. The election is Feb. 1.

    West board members Kenny Lujan, Gary Gold and Caroline Lopez filed candidacies for second four-year terms.

    Lujan is facing Henry Abeyta Sr., while Lopez is up against Marvin Martinez.

  • Man accused of killing his grandmother found unfit

    A man accused of killing his grandmother has been found to be unfit for trial, an official said.

    Ryan Garcia, 27, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his grandmother, Margaret Garcia.

    She died three days after her grandson allegedly attacked her.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said Garcia is at the state hospital in Las Vegas.

    “They will make attempts to ‘treat him to competency.’ We will be given periodic reviews as to their success,” Flores said in an e-mail.

  • Support cause with New Year

    All are invited to ring in the new year at the 2010 New Year’s Eve Black Tie and Blue Jeans annual benefit ball and celebration at the Plaza Hotel.

  • Lady Dons: Lujan champs!

    For the first time in Jose “Majic” Medina’s eight-year run as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach, the Lady Dons are Ben Lujan Invitational champs.

    West (8-1) downed Taos  61-45 in the championship game of the tournament on Wednesday night in Jacona.

    Briana Montaño (17 points) led the Lady Dons in scoring for the second time in the three-day event.

    But as has been the case this year, it was another team effort.

    “The girls hustled out there,” Medina said. “They played real well.

  • Stu starts Tues.

    Holiday hoops — in the form of the 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament — is set to tip off Tuesday in Las Vegas.

    First session of the tourney (1 p.m.) features two Albuquerque teams in a rematch of one of last year’s more entertaining Stu Clark contests when St. Pius X faces West Mesa. The second game pits a Stu newcomer, Albuquerque’s Atrisco Heritage, against a veteran of the tournament, Bernalillo.

  • Martinez, Martinez all-state

    Daniel Martinez made plenty of statements by making big plays on both sides of the ball for the Robertson football team this past season.

    Keen Martinez often added the punctuation to those statements.

    Daniel Martinez, a senior quarterback and outside linebacker for the Cardinals, was named to the first team all-state football team for Class 3A. So did fellow senior Keen Martinez (no relation), the Redbirds’ placekicker.

    Honors are bestowed by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

  • Wrestlers strike at Rattler Open

    Folks in Tucumcari may still be talking about the storm that blew into town last week.

    Not the snow, either, but the blizzard of Las Vegas wrestlers who stole the show in Tucumcari’s Rattler Open on Saturday.

    Seven Meadow City grapplers — six from Robertson, one from West Las Vegas — captured titles in the tournament.

    Robertson’s Dominic Lucero (112 lbs.), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Johnathan Lucero (152), Daniel Martinez (160) and Mathew Gurule (189) all won their weight classes.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    LET’S HOPE HE’S RIGHT. West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova took a popular position recently, saying that he didn’t want to close any of the schools on the west side. Here’s hoping that he can pull it off.