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Today's News

  • Honored for Service

    This month’s East Las Vegas school board election featured a replacement of faces, with two longstanding members opting not to seek re-election and one who unsuccessfully ran for another term.

    Tuesday’s regular meeting featured the current members taking care of loose ends. The existing board — Gabriel Lucero, Patrick Romero, Elaine Luna, Phillip Vigil and Ramon “Swoops” Montaño — remained in their places to deliver their swan songs.

  • Speeding truck slams into city patrol car

    A Las Vegas patrol car was rammed from behind Tuesday night on Railroad Avenue, slightly injuring both the police officer on patrol and the driver of the other vehicle, police said.

    The incident happened at about 10:24 p.m. Officer Alan Pacheco was on patrol on 700 block of Railroad, travelling north, when he was struck from behind by a Ford F-350 truck driven by Leonard R. Montoya, 44, of 1003 Tilden in Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! - INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE; BOARD DECISION. We agree with the decision to keep Las Vegas City School District board members off the superintendent search committee. The committee needs to be removed from the politics that school board members might bring to the table; and besides, the school board will make the ultimate decision anyway. To keep the search committee independent should instill public confidence that the candidates are being screened according to their qualifications, not by their connections.

  • Another perspective: Our water: The basic issues

    Go into our “low price” Walmart and look at the cost of water — trucked in over long distances and hopefully of drinking water quality. Depending upon the label prettiness and package size, you will see the prices ranging from $1.10 to $6.90 per gallon.

    Surely, Las Vegans can do better than that. What about city water?  Let us drag you though some details.

    Where does city water come from? About 10 percent is piped from groundwater aquifers a few miles south of the city, and the remaining 90 percent comes from our local Gallinas River.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Texas Invasion of 1841

    What has become an obscure footnote in both our local and New Mexico history, is the futile Texas invasion of San Miguel County in 1841 — or what most historians have downplayed as the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition.

    It occurred here five years before General Kearny, leading the Army of the West, proclaimed in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846, the occupation and annexation of New Mexico by the United States.     

    These are the facts:

  • Orgullo del Norte - The Native utopian society

    In 1492, Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) miscalculated his voyage to Asia and landed in what is now the island of modern day Haiti and Dominica Republic. He thought he was in the Indies of the East; hence he named the natives “Indians.”

    Throughout history, groups of people have been named by their conquerors. It is for this reason I will use the term “Native peoples.”

  • Redbirds handle West LV

    Justin Bustos scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as Robertson overcame a brassy charge by West Las Vegas 48-38 on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The two Meadow City rivals were to meet in a rematch Thursday night at Mike Marr Gym in a game played after this issue went to press.

    The Dons missed leading scorer Jordan Lopez for Tuesday’s game but seemed to pull together as a team against the fourth-ranked Cardinals. (To be fair, RHS has been without key playmaker Fabian Varela for several contests, including the Tuesday game.)

  • The Drive for Five

    Only a couple of wrestlers in the history of New Mexico high school athletics have won five individual state championships.

    This weekend, Robertson senior Daniel Martinez will attempt to join that exclusive club.

    It’s been a long time coming.

  • Evins honored by RMAC

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Trent Evins has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Rawlings Pitcher of the Week.

    The RMAC's Preseason Pitcher of the Year earned the honor after a lights-out performance for the Cowboys on  Feb. 11 as he threw six no-hit innings against in-state rival Eastern New Mexico in the Cowboys’ opening game of the 2011 season, part of a tournament in Odessa, Texas.

    Evins allowed no hits and no runs while striking out six ENMU batters in his six innings on the mound for the Cowboys.

  • NMHU softball sweeps Aggies

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowgirls improved to 3-4 after sweeping their non-conference doubleheader against Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Wednesday in Goodwell, Okla.

    The Cowgirls won the first game 10-2 in five innings behind the pitching of Ashley Paiz. The Cowgirls then turned around and won the second game 4-2 on the strength of pitcher Melissa Martinez' seven complete innings of work.