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Today's News

  • HU spikers swept on road

    It’s been rough on the road lately for New Mexico Highlands’ volleyball team, which saw its current losing skid reach seven over the weekend courtesy of the top two teams in its division..

    NMHU (4-12 overall, 0-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) lost in straight sets at Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., and at Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo., on Friday and Saturday nights.

    The Cowgirls gave Fort Lewis’ Skyhawks a good test in games one and three, losing 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 on Friday.

  • Big run in Boulder

    Moses Kirui continues his strong regular-season effort for the New Mexico Highlands men’s cross country team. Kirui cracked the top 10 of the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout 8-kilometer men’s race on Saturday in Boulder, Colo., with a time of 25:37.

    As a team, the Cowboys finished a respectable fifth among non-Division I schools in the meet, hosted by the University of Colorado-Boulder.

  • Man charged in local burglary

    A man who had just burglarized a business was caught after he parked his car at a convenience store and fell asleep, police said.

    Fernando Garcia, 27, of 1207 N. Commerce St., was charged with burglary, larceny, tampering with evidence, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and damage to property.

  • Lady Dons 4th, Dons 8th at East Mountain

    Highlights from the East Mountain Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday in Sandia Park and featuring West Las Vegas:

    GIRLS' VARSITY TEAMS

    1. Wingate, 49

    2. Bosque, 104

    3. Santa Fe Prep, 121

    4. West Las Vegas, 145

    5. Estancia, 155

    6. East Mountain, 157

    7. Tucumcari, 160

    GIRLS' VARSITY

    INDIVIDUALS

    14. Amanda Ortzow, WLV, 23:09

    21. Cecilia Gutierrez, WLV, 24:03

    29. Esperanza Garduño, WLV, 24:36

    33. Cassandra Miller, WLV, 25:13

  • Work of Art: Abandon hope, all ye ...

    The entrance to hell bears the following admonition: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” That message, part of the 14th-century work, The Divine Comedy, by Dante, came to mind as I listened to a couple of famous people who should know better.

    Consider: The language of Shakespeare and Milton is being reduced to a few (very few) mono-syllables designed mainly to pique one’s interest in partyin’, eatin’, cruisin’, and meetin’.

  • Editorial: State inquiry is welcome

    State Auditor Hector Balderas said his office will look into the reasons for the unexpected tax increase in the Las Vegas City Schools district. We are glad his agency will do so.

    It’s been more than two weeks since this controversy surfaced, but the school district has yet to come up with a solid explanation as to what happened and why.

  • State cop under investigation

    A state police officer is under investigation in an altercation that took place outside the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Officer Tom Lucero, in his late 20s, is now reportedly on administrative leave from the state police.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said Friday that around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, the officer met with his former girlfriend for a child custody exchange involving their 17-month-old at the Police Department’s public parking lot. Many such exchanges take place there as part of custody agreements, the chief said.

  • County to consider buffer zones

    The debate over San Miguel County’s proposed ordinance regulating wind farms has boiled down to one major issue — how far they should be away from homes.

    On Tuesday, the County Commission will talk about creating buffer zones for wind turbines along the Pecos and Gallinas rivers — and idea raised in August. It’s not clear how wide the buffers would be.

    The county wind farm task force has proposed a three-mile setback from homes, but the industry and its supporters have called such a restriction onerous and unworkable.

  • Mayor's event pulls in at least $18,000

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz reported Friday that the recent Mayor’s Charity Ball raised at least $18,000.

    The Sept. 25 ball, intended to raise money to help those in need, attracted many local dignitaries.

    Most of the money was raised with the dinner, but a charity casino afterward also drew some dollars.

    The ball was held as part of Las Vegas’ 175th anniversary events.

  • Man accused of abusing 7-week-old

    A Las Vegas man was charged with abusing a 7-week-old baby after he and his wife took their child to the hospital.

    Mathew P. Sandoval Sr., 18, 2323 Calle Bonita No. 24, was charged with one count of child abuse, a third-degree felony.

    On Sept. 23, Sandoval and his wife took their baby to the emergency room at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, according to an arrest warrant.