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Today's News

  • Time to seize vehicles

    Nearly a decade ago, state lawmakers ramped up penalties for repeat drunk drivers and for those who kill someone while driving drunk. With those increased penalties, one would think that repeat drunk drivers would be few and far between.

    Unfortunately, in New Mexico and in Las Vegas and San Miguel County, drunk driving remains an epidemic. Just take a look at the Friday jail log published in this newspaper every week.

  • Work of Art — $33 million an obscene amount

    An experiment years ago on how children perceive worth yielded some interesting results — results based almost solely on the children’s economic status.

    Here’s how it went: Children in the intermediate grades were asked to estimate the size of various coins, using a device that projected an image on a screen. The students were to adjust the aperture of the device, much in the same way a camera lens reduces and enlarges.

  • Going the distance - Running 50-kilometer races all in a day’s work for Katrin Silva

    For most Las Vegas-area runners, the 10-kilometer race — such as the longest event of the annual Fiesta Memorial Run — represents the ultimate in distance competition.

    (There are exceptions, of course, like members of the New Mexico Highlands cross country teams and the few brave marathon competitors and triathletes out there.)

    But for Katrin Silva, the 10K is a mere warm-up exercise.

  • Ex-Cowboys make NFL debuts

    A couple of former New Mexico Highlands University football standouts saw their first unofficial official action as professionals over the weekend as the NFL began its preseason schedule.

    Jordan Campbell recorded one solo tackle and one tackle assist to help the Cincinnati Bengals defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-10 on Friday evening. Campbell entered the game and played at middle linebacker early in the fourth quarter. He wrapped up Falcon Ronnie Wingo for a solo stop on a run play and was an active part of the defense.

  • ‘Topes hit for power, sting Bees

    Albuquerque Isotopes
    The Isotopes (67-56) backed Angel Castro’s stellar outing with three home runs and seven doubles in a 13-2 rout of the Salt Lake Bees (70-53) Monday. It was the most extra base hits, ten, that Albuquerque has tallied in a game this season.
    Justin Sellers (4 for 4, three runs, 4 RBI) and Brian Barden (3 for 4, 4 RBI) each doubled twice and homered while Chili Buss (3 for 5, three runs, RBI) also doubled. Sellers leads the club with 26 on the season.

  • Little League to target PEDs

    By Genaro C. Armas
    AP Sports Writer
    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.  — Little League Baseball plans to introduce an educational program for coaches and volunteers intended to raise awareness about the use and dangers of performance-enhancing drugs among young players.

  • Flooding hits Vegas area

    By Martín Salazar and Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic

    It was sunny outside on Friday evening, and Michael Romero was painting when he heard it.

    “I just heard a big roar and trees breaking,” the owner of Michael’s Precision Automotive at 514 S. Commerce St. said.

  • Puckering for a porcine
  • Man booked for fifth DWI

    A 58-year-old Ribera Man was arrested earlier this month for driving drunk for the fifth time, according to state police.
    Court documents filed last week identify the driver has Louie J. Rivera, who resides on Highway 3 Curruco Road.

    Rivera was arrested on Aug. 2 and appears to have been released on bond from the San Miguel County Detention Center three days later. Online court records state that his bond was set at $1,000.

  • Union Elementary reopening at West

    When West Las Vegas students return to school next Monday they will see several changes. Some will be returning to the newly remodeled Union Street Elementary, and at the high school students will by trying out something called  5X5 Block Scheduling.