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Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: Mayoral speculation

    Here’s some premature speculating on next year’s mayoral election, already a hot topic among at least a few Las Vegas political animals.

    I’ve heard eight names thrown into the mix, and having spoken with nearly all of them, can announce the intentions of two in particular.

  • Robertson boys eliminate Braves, face Socorro on Wednesday

    Saturday night’s Robertson-Santa Fe Indian playoff game could have been a cozy reunion for two former district foes, but the No. 4 seed Cardinals were all business, disposing of the Braves 89-47 before a spirited Mike Marr Gym crowd.

    Robertson advances to the Class 3A boys’ quarterfinals and will play Socorro at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Dalan Abreu led Robertson with 20 points and Justin Bustos tallied 14 of his 19 in the first half as RHS ran up a 47-23 lead.

  • West Las Vegas girls cool Hot Springs; No. 1 SFIS is next

    Briana Montaño scored seven of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter Friday night, leading host West Las Vegas past Hot Springs 47-39 in the first round of the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

    West Las Vegas will play the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Santa Fe Indian School, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Cindy Roybal’s Lady Braves dispatched Crownpoint 72-35 in another Friday game.

  • Robertson girls falter against underrated St. Michael’s

    Perimeter prowess helped St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen score a crushing 52-32 upset of host Robertson on Friday evening in the first round of the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

    St. Mike’s, which came into the game as the No. 14 seed, shot its way to leads of 14-2 and 19-9 and never let up against the No. 3 Lady Cardinals.

    Brittany Quintana knocked down a couple of early threes and finished with 12 points for St. Mike’s.

    Jamie Allen, the lone Lady Cardinal in double figures, had 11, unofficially.

  • Mora boys roll into quarters

    High-scoring Mora suffered no first-round hiccups Saturday, blowing past Laguna-Acoma 86-63 in the Class 2A boys’ opener at Montoya Gym.

    The second-seeded Rangers play No. 7 Tucumcari at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Santa Ana Star Center. The Rattlers defeated Navajo Pine 63-53.

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    In one of a few first-round upsets in the 2A girls’ bracket, Pecos’ Lady Panthers (No. 10) nipped No. 7 Clayton on the road Friday 39-35, advancing to a Tuesday quarterfinal with district rival Peñasco, a No. 2 seed.

  • Regis stumps Cowboys

    New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team (4-6, 0-3) couldn’t find an answer for the Regis Rangers in their first three games over the weekend, falling 4-2 on Friday and 8-5 and 3-0 on Saturday.

    Jarod Robinette was the lone Cowboy to collect multiple hits Friday, going 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI. Trent Evins (1-2) struck out seven and held the Rangers (5-4, 3-0) to six hits and two earned runs through six innings but never got the run support he needed to pull out the pitching win.

  • Dons sluggers sweep Socorro; Cards split in Pojoaque opener

    Strong hitting throughout the lineup enabled West Las Vegas to sweep Socorro in a Saturday baseball doubleheader.

    The Dons (3-0) won 20-10 and 18-11, with Nicholas Aragon and Stephen Montaño earning pitching triumphs. West hosts Hope Christian at Rodriguez Park on Monday, with first pitch set for 3 p.m.

    “We banged out the hits,” said WLV coach Dean Gallegos. “We had a lot of kids with multiple hits.”

  • Quintana trial stalled ‘til fall

    The former Robertson High School teacher and coach accused of carrying on a yearslong sexual relationship with a student will have to wait several more months for his day in court.

    A trial for Jay Quintana had been scheduled to begin in late February. But delays in the case have pushed back that trial date. He likely won’t go on trial until the fall, Sandoval County District Judge George Eichwald told attorneys during a hearing this week in Bernalillo.

  • Remains in Mora identified

    A Mora County homeowner stumbled onto human remains last month, and when state police showed up to investigate they found additional human remains on an adjoining property.

    On Wednesday, state police announced that the state Office of the Medical Investigator has identified the remains as belonging to 45-year-old Maxine Patsy Trujillo, a resident of Mora and Las Vegas.

    Agents with the state police investigations bureau and OMI are trying to determine the manner and cause of death, state police Lt. Eric Garcia said in a news release.

  • Volcano Venture

    For 4-year-olds, most everything is new, and learning is exciting and fun.

    Kids that age are beginning to learn the basics: how to say their first and last names, letters in the alphabet and numbers and colors.

    Eileen Ortiz’s pre-kindergarten class at the West Las Vegas school district has been studying “Vinnie Volcano,” a book about a character that rescues his friends from a smoking volcano. The book is written predominately in words that begin with the consonant V. Kids create their own volcano by following directions in the book.