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Today's News

  • Bad communication is called culprit

    The Mora County Commission canceled a meeting at the last minute on Thursday. One commissioner called it the result of a “lack of communication.”

    About 25 people showed up for the meeting, including state Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, and Pablo Sedillo, a representative of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

    Also driving to the meeting was the county attorney, who drove from Santa Fe, presumably at the county’s cost. Other county employees were present.

  • Photo finish for Cubs

    Omar Gallardo’s dusty slide into home plate triggered a swarm of blue and red onto the field Saturday.

    Gallardo’s was the winning run in the Cubs’ 6-5 walk-off triumph over the Marlins in La Plaza’s minors division championship game.

    It was fitting that Gallardo put an end to the game. He finished 4 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored.

    Solid in the middle of their order, the Marlins got three hits apiece from the one-town punch of Jared and Jaden.

    But it was the Cubbies who came up with a trump card in the final at-bat.

  • No plans to demolish Sierra Vista

    Sierra Vista Elementary apparently won’t meet the wrecking ball anytime soon.

    Recently, the Las Vegas City Schools finished a new roof on the school, which is the newest in the school district, built in 1988.

    Last year, the state had placed the school No. 14 on the statewide list for demolition of schools.

    “We’ll jump to well over 200 on that list,” Superintendent Rick Romero told the school board last week.

  • Progress made in combatting fire

    The Tecolote Fire is a quarter contained, officials say.

    The fire is on Bear Mountain, about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon. The blaze is raging on rugged terrain in the Santa Fe National Forest.

    No structures have been burned, and no evacuations have been ordered.

    The fire has burned 717 acres. According to officials, 550 personnel are committed to the blaze.

    Officials said there wasn’t an expansion in the fire Wednesday, despite the higher temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity.

  • Letter: Message from the grandparents

    On Tuesday, June 8, our granddaughter was hit by a pickup in front of her home. First of all, we want to thank the city police, the state police and the EMTs in helping with this terrible accident. To all of our friends, thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts.

  • Above and Beyond: Preserving Las Vegas' history

    Robert Mishler is not a johnny-come-lately in Las Vegas’ historic preservation efforts. He’s been involved for decades.

    Recently, the state Historic Preservation Division gave Mishler, a retired Highlands University anthropology professor, a lifetime achievement award for his dedication to the cause of historic preservation for the last 35 years.

    When he and his wife, Ann, moved to Las Vegas in the late 1960s, much of the Plaza and Bridge Street areas was boarded up. Most of the town’s business and social activity was on Douglas Avenue.

  • Rodeo finals under way

    Updates on New Mexico Highlands University athletes competing in the College National Finals Rodeo, being held through Saturday in Casper, Wyo.:

    • Outgoing NMHU senior Sarah Zybach stood in 17th place overall in goat tying. She posted times of 7.1 seconds in the first round, 8.4 in the second and 9.5 in the third for an aggregate of 25.2. That’s not far off the pace set through three rounds by leaders Bailie Guthrie of West Texas and Jordan Thurston of Gillette (20.3).

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    MONday, June 14

    La Plaza majors (tournament): A’s 8, Cubs 4

    La Plaza minors (tournament): Angels 10, Giants 0

    Las Vegas softball: Lady Devils 13, Pink Sox 3

    TUESday, June 15

    La Plaza majors (tournament): Dodgers 11, Rockies 5

  • LV wrestlers excel in AAU tourney

    Not content with a T-shirt, a postcard or a keychain, Rico Montoya had a different souvenir in mind from his summer trip to Montana.

    So Montoya picked up a couple of national championship medals and one runner-up prize to hang on his wall.

    Montoya was one of four Las Vegas wrestlers who competed in the AAU Grand Nationals for Greco-Roman, freestyle, and folkstyle wrestling June 11-12 in Butte, Mont.

    The foursome was part of a 15-wrestler contingent from New Mexico, said Marcos Martinez, one of the group’s coaches and an accomplished grappler himself.

  • Student center work to start soon

    Construction of Highlands University’s student center will start late this month or early next, officials say.

    Re-cently, the Highlands University Board of Regents awarded a contract for construction of the new student center to Makwa Construction of Albuquerque. The firm submitted the low bid of $16 million.

    President Jim Fries said Makwa was clearly the low bidder.

    “There was a great deal of interest in this project. In fact, we received 10 bids from major general contractors,” Fries said.