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Today's News

  • Cold won't stop them

    Three local athletes covering a spectrum of age groups continue to represent the Meadow City in a series of area distance running events.

    Tony Gallegos and Howard Dunbar braved cold temperatures, high winds, and a sandy course at the 10-mile portion of the Shamrock Shuffle held Sunday morning in Rio Rancho. Gallegos covered  the course in a time of 1:18:04, which was good for an overall 17th place and fifth in his age group. Dunbar finished in 1:35:58 to finish 53rd overall and third in his age group.

  • City judge's pay hike irks council

    With his new term in office, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo will now make $80,000 a year, up from $68,000.

    That’s because of a 2003 City Council ordinance that ties the pay of the municipal judge to that of state magistrate judges.

    It’s not a change that members of the City Council are happy with. At a meeting last week, some suggested the possibility of repealing the ordinance that calls for the pay hike.

  • Cardinals champs of Socorro tourney

    Robertson baseball kept its strong start going Saturday with a resounding 20-7 win over Socorro in the championship game of the Warriors’ own invitational.

    The Cardinals, who placed third in the season-opening Cobre Invite, are 7-1 under first-year head coach Shannon Aragon.

    In other diamond action over the weekend, West Las Vegas opened its home baseball schedule with 4-0 and 11-0 losses to Valencia; NMHU baseball won two of its first three with Metro State (8-12, 8-4, 4-1); and NMHU softball split at Colorado Mines (6-3, 7-2, 1-5, 8-9).

  • Letter: School a primer for prison life

    The prison industrial complex continues to exert pressure on our citizens to comply with a very dangerous trend.  Drive by any middle school or high school and you see a primer for the prison lifestyle.  Fenced-in campuses are guarded by personnel at a security gate, much like a military or prison complex.  

  • Mayor urges strict compliance with Open Meetings Act

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said last week that he wants to avoid even the appearance of holding secret meetings.

    At his first City Council meeting as mayor, he said council members shouldn’t even sit next to each other during events they attend outside of council meetings.

    He said he wanted to make sure the council strictly followed the state Open Meetings Act, which prevents a quorum of members from talking about public business outside of advertised meetings.

  • Unforgettable!

    Even before tipoff Friday night, this already was a season for the history books as far as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball is concerned.

    But with a gritty overtime finish in the state championship game, the Lady Dons and rival Santa Fe Indian School ensured the last game of 2009-10 is one that fans are unlikely to forget.

    SFIS came out on top 56-50 after outscoring West 11-5 in the extra period Friday, claiming a state title in Class 3A.

  • Lawmaker's memorial service set

    The memorial service for former local lawmaker David Salman will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the state Capitol.

    Salman died Feb. 28, 2010. He was 74.

  • Vikings 'tougher team' vs. Highlands

    The learning curve was harsh Saturday for the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys in their first-ever NCAA postseason appearance.

    After a promising start in the Central Regional opener against Augustana (S.D.), Highlands fell into a shooting funk midway through the first half and couldn’t recover. Final score: Vikings 87, Cowboys 73.

  • As It Is: Not getting the whole story

    Many people have left the journalism profession to get more money. I don’t fault them for doing so.

    But it’s frustrating when they join government agencies and push for greater secrecy.

    At newspapers, we admittedly have an agenda: Promoting governmental openness.

    After all, taxpayers are footing the bills. They ought to know what’s going on.

  • Letter: Tribute to an educator

    Mr. Elias Hurtado has gone to a better life, but like most good educators he has left his footprints in the valley.