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Today's News

  • Weather - Feb. 2, 2012

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. West wind around 10 mph.

    Thursday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

    Friday

  • Legislature to honor Roy ‘Puffy’ Gonzales

    Roy “Puffy” Gonzales dedicated his life to teaching music to students of West Las Vegas. He taught in the Valley area for more than 30 years. He touched many of his students’ lives in such a positive way.  

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 1, 2012

    TODAY HOY

    • The Citizens Police Academy, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 1, for seven sessions at New Mexico Highlands University Sininger Hall 100. Free and open to the public - certificate upon completion. Instruction by New Mexico State Police Capt. Tommy Hooper and Lt. Martin. Hosted by NMHU, Social and Behavioral Sciences and visiting professor Jill Baskerville. For more information, call Capt. Hooper or Lt. Martin at 425-6771.

  • The campaign for literacy

    Congratulations to The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico for another successful event. Last week’s literacy fair — the third for Las Vegas in as many years — featured about 25 literacy-related booths, attracted more than 200 participants and was graced by the presence of the state’s First Gentleman, Chuck Franco.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 1, 2012
  • Work of Art - Locals give edge to Patriots

    Except for the fact that more than half of them are Dallas Cowboy fans, it looks like a fairly balanced account of how this Sunday’s Super Bowl will turn out.

    At 4:28 p.m., as the world sits down to a big helping of football and meatball stew, the New England Patriots take on the New York Giants.

    The game features some of the cleverest, new commercials on TV, and that’s the reason at least one person interviewed plans to be watching on Sunday.

  • Cowgirl track 15th in nation

    Making the biggest move upward of any team previously in the national top 25, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team jumped to No. 15 in the nation among NCAA Division II schools in the newest rankings released this past week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, had been ranked No. 22 in the first USTFCCCA poll of the season.

  • Several locals shine in Classic

    A number of Las Vegans enjoyed good performances over the weekend in the Cardinal Wrestling Classic, not the least of which was the tournament’s crew of volunteers and organizers.

    Tourney director Leasa Martinez, the wife of Robertson wrestling coach Richard Martinez, estimated that the event featured “about 1,000 matches” over two days at Mike Marr Gym.

    Two dozen schools competed, with Class 3A state champion St. Michael’s taking the team title. RHS and West Las Vegas both made the top 10.

    Individual notables, by weight class:

  • Ruidoso rattles West LV girls

    A rocky start Monday night against Ruidoso was the determining factor in West Las Vegas’ 62-41 loss in a non-district girls’ basketball game at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Warriors limited their hosts to just six first-half points while scoring 28.

    “It was a rough game from the start,” said WLV head coach Jose Medina. “Ruidoso did what they had to do ... They pressured us a little and we panicked ... We had a lot of turnovers, and missing a lot of easy shots hurt us. We couldn’t get it done.”

  • Mora keeps rolling

    Another pair of weekend victories elevated the Mora Rangerettes’ record to 19-1 overall and 2-0 in District 2-2A.

    On Friday, Mora bullied Santa Fe Prep 62-24, rolling after going ahead 42-15 by halftime, then holding the Bluee Griffins to nine points in the second half (one in a lockdown third quarter).

    Andrea Romero (17 points, six assists, eight rebounds, five steals) had a do-it-all kind of night. Teammates Chantel Rivera (14 points), Angel Valencia (11 points, nine assists) and Destiny Pacheco (eight points) provided offensive balance.