Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 21, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Sanity still rules

    Lately it seems that reason has taken a back seat to the crazies out there. But, fortunately, that’s not true.

  • No. 2 Laguna-Acoma topples No. 1 Pecos

    If it’s true that Friday night’s Pecos-Laguna-Acoma matchup was a preview of the Class 2A boys’ state championship, the Panthers have some work ahead between now and March.

    Laguna-Acoma (14-1), which entered the weekend ranked No. 2 in the classification, dictated the tempo and held on to beat No. 1 Pecos 73-68 in front of a capacity crowd at Sanchez Gym.

    The visiting Hawks were hot to start, pushing the ball inside and taking a 24-12 lead. Laguna led 43-23 early in the third.

  • Cowboys, Eagles battle to overtime

    Bonus basketball was in order Friday night, as New Mexico Highlands and Chadron State went into double overtime at the Wilson Complex.

    Highlands won 89-86 aided by Lavell McDade’s free throw with five seconds to go. Chadron’s David Downey missed a three at the buzzer.

    The score was knotted up at 69-69 at the end of regulation and 79-79 after one overtime session.

    Highlands slipped to 5-9 overall and 3-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • WLV, Trinidad go to the limit in wrestling dual

    Trinidad (Colo.) gave up three weight classes via forfeit on Friday afternoon; host West Las Vegas gave up four.

    There wasn’t much difference otherwise in a competitive dual meet between the Miners and Dons. Trinidad took a 48-36 verdict in the team scoring before a crowd of more than a hundred fans at West Las Vegas Middle School.

    While most wrestling events’ focus is on the individual matches, the team scoring had a drama all its own in a back-and-forth battle.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 21, 2013

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Capshaw, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Valley gym


  • Clerk, chief get 2-year contracts

    The city’s governing body has awarded two-year contracts to its police chief and city clerk despite objections from one councilor who argued that the contracts violate state law and the city charter.

    The contracts for Police Chief Christian Montaño and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez run from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014. Both received pay raises in their new contract.

  • Filing Day - Eleven file for Luna board posts

    Three incumbents on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees are seeking re-election while one of their colleagues has opted not to seek another term.

    In all, 11 people filed to run for the four seats up for grabs in the March 5 election.

    Noticeably absent from the list of candidates is Ambrose Castellano, who has serve on Luna’s Board of Trustees since about 2000.

    Vying for the District 1 seat are Thomas Jerry Maestas, the incumbent and current chairman of the board, and Kenneth C. Medina.

  • Campos loses out on key post

    Staff and Wire Report

    SANTA FE — In the end, it came down to avoiding a bruising leadership fight that might have created even more divisions in the state Senate and weakened the Democratic caucus.

    So in his classic style, Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, stepped aside on Tuesday and even nominated fellow Democrat Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces as president pro tem of the Senate, telling his colleagues that he was doing so to ensure the Senate was united and focused on the issues confronting the Legislature.

  • West students happy with food

    The majority of West Las Vegas High School students are pleased with the meals being served by the district, according to a recent survey.

    In June, the district’s school board unanimously agreed to outsource its food service program to Summit Foods for a one year. Last week the board heard an update from food service director Jose Baca. In December, Summit Foods surveyed the high school students.