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Today's News

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press

    Police chief back in court

    LAS CRUCES — A federal judge is to hear an appeal Thursday from the police chief of a New Mexico border town who is one of a dozen people accused of being part of a gun smuggling ring that prosecutors allege bought weapons to send to Mexico.

    The suspended Columbus police chief, 40-year-old Angelo Vega, has appealed an order to hold him pending trial.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office opposes his release, and filed a response Wednesday to his appeal.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! FIRST THIS YEAR. A Las Vegas woman was charged with an open count of murder in last week’s stabbing death of her husband. Police say Suzanne Aguilar, 45, called 911 about a domestic violence incident in progress last Friday morning, and admitted stabbing Michael Martinez, 48, who died at the home on Salazar Street.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 1, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Don Miguel arrives, a dynasty is born

    For almost seven decades beginning in the 1860s, one family would dominate the social, financial and political landscape of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.  Their influence would be felt throughout  New Mexico, and would not end until the late 1920s.

    The sons of this Las Vegas dynasty would represent territorial New Mexico in Congress, and help ensure that New Mexico was admitted to the Union.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The art of covering up history

    “If you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”
    -- Ernesto “Che” Guevara

    When the Spanish conquerors of Mexico burned all the Aztec books, they were eradicating a people’s history. When the American government sent young natives to Indian schools for assimilation, they were eradicating a people’s history.

    By the same token, when you paint over a social, political, or cultural mural, you are eradicating a people’s history.

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Associated Press

    The New York Times, March 29, on President Obama’s explanation for military involvement in Libya:

    President Barack Obama made the right, albeit belated, decision to join with allies and try to stop Moammar Gadhafi from slaughtering thousands of Libyans. But he has been far too slow to explain that decision, or his long-term strategy, to Congress and the American people.

  • Bustos reels in more acclaim

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    BEAVERTON, Ore. — The postseason accolades continue to roll in for Adams State senior Vera Jo Bustos, who on Tuesday was named a 2011 Women’s Division II Bulletin Honorable Mention All-American.

    Bustos is a graduate of West Las Vegas High and was a multi-sport star for the Lady Dons.

    Earlier this month, Bustos was named as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II State Farm Coaches All-America Honorable Mention for the second time, and to the Daktronics All-Central Region First Team.

  • Time out for community

    Not all their best moves are reserved for the hardwood.

    Visiting senior citizens at a local center and joining in a “Keep America Beautiful” clean-up, the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team has made community service a priority this offseason.

    The Cowgirls joined fellow Great American Cleanup volunteers in corraling an estimated 10 tons of trash.

  • Boxing show on Saturday

    Two of the Meadow City’s favorite professional boxers will be in the ring in separate bouts Saturday as part of “Battle at the Bosque” at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo.

    Amanda Crespin (4-3-1) is scheduled to fight Carla Torres of Columbus, Ohio, in the co-main event.

    As part of the undercard, Michael Coca Gallegos looks to gain his first win in nine pro fights; he’s matched against debuting Donald Sanchez of Albuquerque.

  • Sports Roundup

    West Las Vegas’ softball team appears to have shaken loose from early-season doldrums, scoring a convincing 14-4 win Wednesday at Santa Fe Indian School.

    The Lady Dons led 11-3 by the fifth inning and finished with strength to put the key non-district win on ice.

    Marrisa Cordova delivered another strong pitching performance, and the Lady Dons defense held, as the shortstop (Gabby Griego) to first (Larrissa Gallegos) groundout play was in midseason form.

    The game, originally scheduled Tuesday, was switched to a day later.