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Today's News

  • Code cops get barrage of calls

    For Las Vegas' code enforcement officers, advertising worked.

    During the summer, the city took out ads on local radio stations to ask residents to report code violations — tall weeds, inoperable cars, junk piles, water waste, and loose dogs and cats.

    Before the ads, the city, which moved code enforcement to the Police Department a few months ago, had the city divided into six sectors. The officers would patrol a different sector each day.

  • Official improving, daughter says

    City Councilman David Romero suffered a stroke last month, and he has yet to return to work.

    Now, residents are helping his family raise funds because Romero and his wife have been away from their jobs since the stroke. Romero is in rehabilitation in Albuquerque.

    “He’s doing great. He’s progressing very fast. He’s walking and talking,” his daughter, Sonia Romero, told the City Council last week.

    “We’re concerned for his health,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said.

  • One enough vs. Regis

    The Highlands Cowgirls picked up their fourth win of the season only after a hard-fought, physical battle with visiting Regis on a balmy Sunday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Each side — particularly Regis in the early going — made deep advances into enemy territory only to be turned away by gritty back-line defense. The match went scoreless until the 70th minute, when Krista Mashak took a pass from Arianna Strickland and beat Ellen Augsburger for a goal, Mashak’s third of the season.

    There would be no more scoring.

  • Disc golf taking flight

    In New Mexico, flying saucers aren’t just for Roswell anymore.

    Thanks in part to Bill and Sue Leslie of Vadito, the sport of disc golf is slowly but surely growing in popularity and spreading across the Land of Enchantment. Through a philanthropic program the Leslies help carry out, West Las Vegas Middle School recently became the latest to join what Bill describes as “the fastest growing sport in the country.”

  • Mentor of the Month: Teaching hands-on skills

    Shortly after graduating from Robertson High School in 1966, John Rudolph was sailing the seas aboard the USS Buchanan, a U.S. Navy-guided missile destroyer.

    As a third-class boatswains mate, he learned a lot about maintenance and keeping up the ship’s appearance.

    Rudolph’s first port of call was Hawaii, so coming from a landlocked state like New Mexico, he was able to see a good bit of the world.

  • UNK going MIA(A)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Officials from the University of Nebraska at Kearney announced today that they have accepted an offer to join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

    “Nebraska-Kearney has been a very good member of the RMAC for a number of years,” said Smith. “While we hate to see them go, we are moving forward as a conference and are looking at a number of membership scenarios.”

  • Editorial: Finance post a key one

    Ruben Cordova, the West Las Vegas school district’s new superintendent, made a good decision when he hired an outside person to take a look at the district’s business office.

    Larry Binkley, who has served as a business manager for a number of New Mexico school districts, interviewed business office employees and took a look at the district’s finances.

    He reported finding a department full of backbiting and gossip. And he said the employees weren’t happy with their supervisor, Dawn Biagianti, the business manager.

  • Highlands runner recognized

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Moses Kirui has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Runner of the Week for his performance at the Texas Tech Open on Sept. 16.

    Kirui placed fourth overall in the 8-kilometer race with a time of 24:56. More than 100 runners from 11 schools competed in the event. Kirui helped the NMHU men to a fourth place team finish as well.

    This was Kirui’s second consecutive team leading effort. He had previously been the Cowboys’ No. 1 man at the Lobo Open hosted by the University of New Mexico on Sept. 4.

  • Grizzlies, Cowgirls go five

    A kill by Adams State’s Dominique Davis led to two straight service points by Davis and a 17-15 win in the fifth and final set of this past Friday's volleyball match with New Mexico Highlands.

    The Grizzlies won that final set to edge the Cowgirls in a five-game thriller. The teams traded the first four sets, 25-20, 20-25, 25-13, 23-25, to necessitate game five.

    NMHU fell to 4-10 under coach Jim Deisler.

  • Work of Art: Where's the, er, euphemism?

    There’s a line in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in which George, the host, asks his wife Martha to show their guest “to the ‘euphemism.’”

    The guest in this play by Edward Albee needed to visit the bathroom after having consumed several too many drinks.