Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas - It’s time to dust off those old ice skates

    It might be cold and snowy (in very late February) as I write this, but the world continues to turn same as ever, and I am delighted to have some really good news in the mix of this month.

    Dust off the ice skates, folks! Councilman Joey Herrera has a working plan, a working group of area residents who are moving full steam ahead to refurbish the long abandoned skating pond at Montezuma once again. Herrera’s enthusiasm is contagious and I had a fun visit with him and Jesus Lopez on “Over the Back Fence” radio program on KFUN recently.

  • Madness on: State hoops begins

    Hoop dreams for eight Las Vegas-area high school teams begin in earnest this weekend with first-round state tournament games across New Mexico.

    Friday is ladies’ night, as girls’ basketball teams play at various campus sites.

    Lady Cardinals
    In Class 3A girls’ hoops, Rick Armijo’s Robertson Lady Cardinals (11-14) earned a No. 8 seed and host No. 9 Socorro.

    Robertson owns a regular-season win over the Lady Warriors (15-12), having prevailed 68-55 on Feb. 12 at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 8, 2013

    • LCC vs. Odessa (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • RMAC Shootout semifinals, teams, times and site TBA
    • Class 2A girls’ state tournament: Mora vs. Rehoboth, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Class 3A girls’ state tournament: Robertson vs. Socorro, 7 p.m., Mike Marr Gym; West Las Vegas at Shiprock, 6 p.m., Shiprock

    • LCC at Western Texas (DH), 1 p.m., Snyder, Texas

  • RMAC Shootout: Cowboys’ season ends in Alamosa

    First-half shooting woes doomed the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team in a first-round Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout loss at Adams State Tuesday night in Alamosa, Colo.

    The Cowboys and head coach Joe Harge finish the season 13-14 overall and 11-11 in RMAC games.

    Highlands shot just 24 percent in the first half, making only six field goals over the first 20 minutes and falling behind 51-26 by halftime.

  • No. 12 Lobos top Wolfpack in Reno

    RENO, Nev. — Tony Snell scored 25 points and Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk added double-doubles Wednesday night to lead No. 12 New Mexico to its sixth straight victory, 75-62 over Nevada.

    Bairstow had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Kirk had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (26-4, 13-2 Mountain West).

  • Luna cliffhanger - Dist. 7 race tied; Dist. 3 too close

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Jerry Maestas was defeated Tuesday while incumbent Abelino Monotya Jr. won in his race.

    But those results were overshadowed by what happened in the other two races.

    In District 7, candidates Richard Rivera and Daniel Romero tied, each walking away with 211 votes.

    “I’m biting my nails over here,” Rivera said, adding that he’s just waiting to see what happens with the provisional ballots. Candidate JoAnn Alcon-Ortiz came in a distant third in the race with 62 votes.

  • Ice skating fun - Montezuma pond set for skaters

    As a boy, Jack Maes used to glide across the ice of the Montezuma Skating Pond. The memories have been on his mind for years since the pond closed for skating.

    Maes, along with City Councilor Joey Herrera, representatives from United World College-USA and other ice skating enthusiasts have joined together to revive the Montezuma Skating Pond Association.

  • City working to fix water billing error

    Social networking sites like Facebook blew up last week with complaints from several Las Vegas residents about outrageous water bills.

    Turns out they weren’t imagining things.

  • Liquor ban pushed for DWI offenders

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Many convicted drunken drivers in New Mexico will be prohibited from buying alcohol under legislation approved by the House on Monday although supporters acknowledge there are loopholes that will allow offenders to continue getting liquor.
    If the measure becomes law, New Mexico would join at least Alaska in restricting alcohol sales to some convicted drunken drivers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 6, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Scholarship bill OKd by House

    SANTA FE— More New Mexicans will qualify for lottery-financed college scholarships under a measure heading to the Senate for consideration.
    The House approved a proposal Monday on a 49-13 vote to extend the scholarships to students enrolling in a two-year college within two years of graduating from high school.