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Today's News

  • As it is at the forums

    Increasing Las Vegas’ water rates may not be a pleasant subject, but it’s a needed topic during this municipal election cycle. It’s bound to come up in the near future. If the city is going to improve its water system, it’s going to cost a pretty penny. How to pay for it is an unavoidable subject.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 13, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Let the debates begin

    Last year I wrote a column about some “great debates” that took place at West Las Vegas High School. Educators Molly Smollett, Mike Ulibarri and Margaret M. Johnson led several students in a series of debates that I had the privilege to attend and help judge.

    Well, they’re at it again. West’s student debates are scheduled for this Wednesday and, again, I get to be a judge.

  • Still soaring

    They may be young, and they may be lacking the varsity chops of some of their recent predecessors, but the Robertson wrestling team nevertheless remains the team to beat in District 2.

    The Cardinal varsity placed all 12 of its wrestlers into the finals during Friday’s district tournament, and eight of them came away with individual championships. (The team did not field wrestlers in two of the 14 weight classes.)

  • Win slips away from Dons

    Nimble Raton wing Rashaan Craig would not be denied on Friday night, scorching the host West Las Vegas Dons for 31 points and pacing the Tigers to a 69-60 victory at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Craig did not score in the opening quarter, and West — enjoying a strong start due to good defense and shot selection — led much of the game.

    Henry Flores scored six points in the first period, and a Lucas Rodriguez foul shot gave the Dons a 14-5 advantage with 2:53 left in the quarter.

  • HU hoopsters swept on road

    A costly set of road losses over the weekend has both New Mexico Highlands basketball teams looking to right the ship with this coming weekend’s homestand.

    Mesa 78, Cowboys 60
    Highlands’ men (10-13, 8-11 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) shot 32 percent  Friday at Colorado Mesa (12-10, 10-8).

    The Mavericks, led by Jeff Hart (25 points, eight rebounds) surged to a 45-24 halftime lead that provided protection as the Cowboys played a better second half.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 13, 2012

    MONDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Robertson (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Western State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. West Las Vegas (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling

  • Murder suspect dies in Mora

    An Albuquerque man suspected of gunning down his neighbor in a jealous rage fled to Mora County where he suffered a fatal gunshot wound  after ramming his vehicle into a parked sheriff’s unit on Tuesday, state police said.

    Wesley Brannon, 44, died of a gunshot wound at the scene, though it’s unclear whether he was killed by police or whether he took his own life, authorities said.

    The harrowing ordeal played out over about seven hours on Tuesday morning.

  • Near tragedy
  • Local bank changing its name

    In about a month The Bank of Las Vegas signs around town will come down and new ones will go up showcasing the company’s new name: Southwest Capital Bank.

    But Greg W. Levenson, the bank’s president and chief executive  officer, says the institution remains as committed to Las Vegas as ever.

    The new name officially takes effect March 12.

    “Come in March 12. You’ll see we’re 100 percent the same,” Levenson  said, adding that the only difference will be the name.