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Today's News

  • Tragedy and triumph

    It’s been the best of times, and it’s been the worst of times, all in the same year for Marka Anne Garcia.
    Garcia, who graduated from Robertson in May, swept skills competitions for Golden Arm and Golden Glove honors at the North-South softball weekend and was a most valuable player on the North squad.

  • Aragon shines in last hurrah of prep days

    Whether his uniform was Cardinal red and white or Don green and gold, Nicholas Aragon was known for giving his baseball teams a shot in the arm.
    The same held true over the weekend with Aragon wearing the colors of the North All-Stars.
    The recent WLV graduate hit safely in each of three games to help the North defeat the South twice and take the series.

  • La Plaza tournaments under way this week

    La Plaza Little League is winding down the regular season this week, crowning champions in its majors and minors baseball divisions.
    Single-elimination tournaments in both divisions conclude on Saturday afternoon at the Rodriguez Park complex — minors championship at 1, majors at 4, and an announcement of the league’s all-star lineups as part of closing ceremonies to follow the games.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 15, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park

  • FYI - Sports

    Mora High School will host a youth basketball camp for players age 6-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20-22 on campus. Cost is $50, which includes camp T-shirt, skill development, games and contests. Mora coaches James Branch and Mark Cassidy are the camp directors. Contact them for more information.
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    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League will hold its annual board meeting with elections for leaders at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the NMHU Student Center Senate Chambers.
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  • Gallinas fire chiefs suspended

    The chief and deputy chief of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department have been suspended pending an investigation into allegations that they physically assaulted another volunteer firefighter.

    “We got a complaint from a volunteer, and he complained that he was physically assaulted by the two superior officers in that department,” San Miguel County Manger Les Montoya said.

    Tobias Lucero is the department’s chief and Lorenzo Montoya is the department’s deputy chief. Both are volunteers.

  • Standing up to Cancer
  • Grad rate up at West, down at East

    The latest graduation figures released last week by the state Public Education Department contained good news for West Las Vegas High and not so good news for Robertson High.

    The four-year graduation rate for West Las Vegas High shot up 9.9 percent from the prior year while the rate at Robertson dropped by 5.6 percent.

    The PED’s latest numbers show that 81.8 percent of the students who began at West High as freshmen graduated four years later with the class of 2010. The graduation rate for West High’s class of 2009 had been 71.9 percent.

  • State agencies laying off workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly four dozen state workers, most of them in the Public Education Department, are losing their jobs next month because of layoffs as agencies deal with budget cuts.

    The State Personnel Board approved plans Friday to lay off 44 workers in the Education Department, the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission. The job losses take effect July 1 with the start of the new budget year.

  • Fireworks banned in San Miguel County

    With the Fourth of July holiday just a few weeks away, San Miguel County officials issued a notice Thursday reminding the public that fireworks are banned in the county.

    “The drought conditions have persisted. The terrain is volatile. Any firework, or any spark can set off a disaster fire,” County Fire Chief Russell Pacheco said Friday.

    The fireworks are banned under the Level III fire restrictions imposed throughout the county in April. The county fireworks ban is not in force within the Las Vegas and Pecos municipal boundaries.