Today's News

  • Cowgirls: 12 All-America honors

    Jillisa Grant rounded out her storied collegiate track and field career with three more All-American honors, and the New Mexico Highlands University women’s squad combined for a total of 12 All-American performances in the recent national meet.

    Highlands finished seventh in  the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Colorado State University-Pueblo this past weekend.

    The Cowgirls’ point total was the best in program history.

  • North-South slugfest coming to Las Vegas

    For years now, the Class 3A North-South all-star games in football and boys’ and girls’ basketball have been situated in Las Vegas and specifically the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Now Class 1A-3A North-South baseball is about to make its debut in the Meadow City.

    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced the all-star games for the sport will be held June 29-30 at NMHU’s Brandt Park, with preliminary activities for the honorees starting June 27 in town.

  • WLV spikers dominate club circuit

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    The Lady Dons club volleyball team ended its season on May 6 with a first-place finish in the Rio Rancho Spring Series Tournament.

    The team is in the 13’s age group and this is the first year for the girls in club volleyball with their only prior experience in middle school volleyball.  

    The team has come a long way since their first tournament in Española where they lost in the first round back in March.

  • Local athletes tackle Memorial Day run

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    Las Vegas area runners and walkers turned out for the races in the annual Santa Fe Run Around this past Saturday.

    The races were marked by mild temperatures and gusty winds over the Memorial Day weekend. More than 300 runners competed in the 1-mile Fun Run, 5K run, 5K walk and 10K run. Race proceeds were to benefit the Santa Fe chapter of Girls on The Run. The course consisted of one or two laps on a 5k loop beginning and ending at the downtown Plaza.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 1, 2012

    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, 5:30, 7 p.m., Keyes Park

    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, beginning 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Men’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • Women’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park

  • Go Fish - June 1, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Saturday, June 2, is National Fishing Day and the first of New Mexico's two free fishing days. Take your family fishing! No license is required but all other regulations apply.

  • Elks Lodge Scholarship Winners
  • HU students receive scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Five New Mexico Highlands University business students received scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for writing outstanding business case studies.

    Ryan Romero – An international business junior from Mora, won the $600 gold scholarship.

    Duong Nguyen – A finance sophomore from Hanoi, Vietnam won the $400 silver scholarship.

    Daniel Hern – An accounting junior from Dilia, won the $200 bronze scholarship.

  • Students of the Month - June 1, 2012

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    Cassandra Miller, of West Las Vegas High School, was selected Elks Student of the month. Miller is the daughter of Dr. Franklin and Catherine Miller.

    At West, she participates in National  Honor Society, is yearbook editor, class president, cross country, and track. Some of her awards include being in the top five percent of the class and principal’s distinction. She holds a 3.97 GPA and recently graduated from the high school.

  • ACLU suit targets English learning

    By Christina Hoag and Gosia Wazniacka
    The Associated Press

    DINUBA, Calif. — A group of teachers, parents and students sued a small Central Valley school district Wednesday, alleging its program to teach English to young elementary school children is ineffective and violates the students’ constitutional rights.

    Three chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union in California and other civil rights organizations filed the lawsuit against Dinuba Unified School District in Sacramento County Superior Court.