Today's News

  • 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.

  • 4 percent raise sought for teachers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A coalition of education groups is lobbying the Legislature to provide 4 percent pay raises for teachers and other public school employees next year, a proposal that puts them at odds with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • West board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With school board elections less than two weeks away it’s time to start brushing up on where candidates stand on the issues. Below are responses to questionnaires sent to West Las Vegas School Board Candidates Christine M. Ludi and David G. Romero, who are both running unopposed.


    Christine M. Ludi

    Age: 56,
    Address, phone number(s) e-mail addresses: 804 South Pacific; home: 425-6643; cell: 429-1511;   cmludi@live.com.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 28, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Jan. 28 — A long-time resident and well-known newspaper editor of Las Vegas, Walter T. Vivian, died in a local hospital this morning following an extended illness. He came to Las Vegas in 1929 and was employed by the Las Vegas Daily Optic as editor. A short time later, he moved to Roswell, where he was editor of the Roswell Daily Record. He and his wife, Delma, returned to Las Vegas and both entered the employment of the Daily Optic again. He later edited the Gallup Independent.