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Today's News

  • Prep runners chart new course

    There might be some mixed reviews about the newly mapped Meadow City Invitational cross country course, but Pecos’ Antonio Varela probably has few complaints.

    Varela breezed to an individual boys’ varsity title Saturday morning, his time of 16:44 giving him a 23-second cushion over runner-up Stephen Carbajal of Belen.

  • Mayor's ball raises money

    The guests walked in on a red carpet on Saturday night, and a spotlight shone into the sky.

    No, it wasn’t an L.A. awards ceremony. It was the Mayor’s Charity Ball, part of Las Vegas’ 175th anniversary celebration.

    Hundreds showed up for the ball, which took place in the ballroom at Plaza Hotel.

  • As It Is: Santa Fe's influence

    When I was covering a dysfunctional village council in southern New Mexico years ago, an old reporter told me that all of the members seemed normal when you met with them individually. But, together, they made a circus.

    Is that the case these days with the Fiesta Council? I have talked with many of these folks over the years, and they seemed pleasant and reasonable.

  • Expert: Add effluent to water

    For the last few years, the city of Las Vegas has used its treated wastewater to irrigate city parks, Highlands University’s golf course and Robertson High School’s fields.

    Now, a consultant is suggesting the city look at sending the wastewater — known as effluent — to the water plant, treating it and putting it into the city’s drinking water supply.

    “If this isn’t publicly acceptable, it will be good to know that,” said Ron Mosher of Albuquerque-based Molzen-Corbin and Associates.

  • Crime hits Bridge Street area

    Merchants on Bridge Street are calling for action in response to a spate of crime in their area. Many say they are concerned about loitering youths.

    Last week, more than 40 people gathered at the Plaza Hotel for a meeting with Police Chief Gary Gold and other police officials. On the large conference table were dozens of photos showing evidence of graffiti, broken windows and other crimes.

    In a least one instance, a business’ window was broken in the middle of the day — an example of brazenness that the merchants say is becoming more common.

  • Editorial: Unexpected tax hike

    East-side residents should prepare their budgets for a 30 percent increase in their property tax bills come November. This more than likely won’t change, despite all the controversy surrounding this unexpected hike.

    The tax increase is to cover bond payments, which amount to $1.3 million in 2010. The money pays for building improvements in the Las Vegas City Schools district.

  • Cards spoil Capital homecoming

    Showing ability to get it done through the air as well as via the old-fashioned ground game, Robertson put a 43-0 hurting on Santa Fe Capital on Friday night, putting a damper on the Jaguars’ homecoming festivities.

    Coach Leroy Gonzalez’s Cardinals are ranked second in the New Mexico High School Coaches’ Association poll and third in the New Mexico GameDay poll conducted by KOB-TV. Their lone defeat to date came Sept. 3 at top-ranked Lovington.

  • Letter: Slap in the face to service members

    I have put my life on the line for New Mexico and the United States for 22 years, and I know the sacrifices our men and women in the armed forces willingly give for all U.S. citizens. I feel it is a slap in the face to all these men and women for the mayor and council of Las Vegas to propose a resolution opposing the Cannon (Air Force Base) plan. The safety of the flight crews depends on the training they get and the terrain in northern New Mexico is what they need and, yes, there are risks. Mostly to the flight crews but they are used to that.

  • Beasties blow out Desert Academy

    Desert Academy’s girls’ soccer team sounded almost exhilarated at halftime of their match at Robertson on Tuesday.

    By the end of the game, it was a different story.

    After leading by a 1-0 margin at the break, the host Lady Cardinals exploded for seven second-half goals to take an 8-0 win.

    Elena Martinez, who’d broken the ice with a first-half goal, ended up with a total of two scores and one assist.

  • Robbery suspect nabbed after standoff

    After a four-hour standoff, Las Vegas police captured a man suspected of robbing a local convenience store.

    Nicholas Leyba, 23, 776 Dalbey Drive, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.