Today's News

  • ‘Boom Boom’ to test win streak Friday

    Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin is on a roll.

    But the Las Vegas fighter faces a fellow New Mexico boxer who is also riding a win streak into this coming Friday’s pro card in Albuquerque.

    Brenda Gonzales, 30, of Moriarty is 2-0 as a pro, although she hasn’t fought in a sanctioned bout in a year and a half. Her victories came against Stephanie Maestas and Bridgette Ruiz, both in their in-ring debuts. The more recent bout was a four-round unanimous decision over Ruiz at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque on June 4, 2011.

  • Highlands sweeps WNMU

    Highlands’ women put a nine-game losing skid behind them. The men won their third in a row.

    Both developments came courtesy of downstate rival Western New Mexico, which visited the Wilson Complex for a Saturday matinee.

    Cowgirls 72, Mustangs 56
    One of NMHU’s best starts of the year gave the Cowgirls enough breathing room to weather a Mustang comeback.

    Highlands shot 57 percent, including an 8-for-15 clip from three-point land, in the first half.

  • Workin’ overtime - Dons edge Cards in extra-session thriller

    Reserve guard Martin “Tino” Castellano buried a three-pointer from the left wing with 13 seconds left in overtime, giving his West Las Vegas Dons insurance in an 88-82 win over Robertson on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    More than a thousand fans were on hand to witness the all-Meadow City contest, which took its place among the more exciting versions in the rivalry’s recent history.

  • Cowgirl tracksters compete in UNM indoor meet

    New Mexico Highlands’ women had a solid showing at this past weekend’s New Mexico Invitational hosted by UNM in Albuquerque.

    Jillisa Grant placed sixth in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.06.

    Shot put participants Brittney Sangwin and Elizabeth Robertson landed ninth and 10th respectively in their event, throwing for 12 and 11.89 meters.

    Stephanie Gomez (19th, 5:45) led the Cowgirl contingent in the mile run. Former West Las Vegas standout Amanda Ortzow (21st, 5:55) and Brianna Cathcart (22nd, 6:06) followed.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 30, 2013

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex (RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 11)

    • Mora boys (A,B) at Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora girls at Santa Fe Prep, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Raton, 5:30 p.m., Raton

  • Rangerettes throttle Questa

    Scoring a second blowout victory in as many nights, the Mora girls’ basketball team spanked Questa 59-18 on Saturday.

    Mark Cassidy’s Rangerettes (15-2) are off to one of their best starts and play Thursday vs. Santa Fe Prep in a District 4-2A contest.

    Chantel Rivera (18), Destiny Pacheco (14) and Gerty Herrera (10) led Mora in scoring against Questa a day after routing Clayton.

  • Regents extend Fries’ tenure

    Sending a clear message that they continue to have confidence in their president, New Mexico Highlands University regents approved a contract extension that will keep Jim Fries at Highlands’ helm through June 30, 2016.

    All four regents present at Friday’s board meeting voted to approve the extension, each one heaping praise on Fries for the job he has done leading Highlands since January of 2007.

    Both regents and Fries stressed that the president’s remaining time at Highlands will be spent trying to take it to the next level.

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  • East looking at furloughs as budget fix

    At the recommendation of Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, the Las Vegas City School board unanimously approved the mid-year budget review during a special board meeting on Thursday morning. The district has previously said it is anticipating a $1.37 million shortfall in the current year’s budget, but on Thursday, the district appeared to be backing away from that figure.

  • Panel rejects bills to toughen DWI laws

    The Associated Press

    A legislative committee has rejected legislation backed by Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen New Mexico’s penalties on repeat drunken drivers.

    One of the bills supported by the Republican governor but rejected by the Democratic-led House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee would have increased prison time for fourth and subsequent DWI convictions.

    The second bill would have effectively required DWI convictions to figure in the determination on whether a defendant is an habitual offender.