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Today's News

  • Lucero seeks county seat

    Joe “Yunta” Lucero, an employee in the San Miguel County assessor’s office, plans to run for the District 1 seat on the County Commission.

    That seat is held by June Garcia, who was elected four years ago. She is widely expected to run for another term.

    District 1 covers part of Las Vegas and the areas northwest of town.

  • Purple Pride!

    National championship qualifiers in three sports got a rousing sendoff in a pep rally this week at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    The NMHU men’s basketball team (20-10) will play Augustana (S.D.) on Saturday in Mankato, Minn., site of the NCAA Division II Central Regional. Winner of the eight-team regional moves on to the Elite Eight.

    Two-time All-American Angella Graham from the Cowgirl track team will compete in the D-II Indoor Nationals beginning Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

  • Column: Plans for Highlands' growth

    What does the future hold? Like everyone else, we at New Mexico Highlands University wish we could know with certainty, but we can’t.

    Nonetheless, planning for the future is essential. Since early 2009, Highlands has been working with Studio Insite, an architectural firm specializing in helping universities plan for growth. They have examined existing facilities, pedestrian and vehicular flow patterns, and the university’s programmatic and enrollment goals to formulate a master plan for the university’s future.

  • Locals All-RMAC

    A former Robertson High standout and a onetime West Las Vegas star have been honored with selections to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball team for the 2009-10 season.

    Robertson alumnus Jessica Armijo, who led New Mexico Highlands to a 10-15 record — a seven-game improvement from a year ago — was selected to the second team All-RMAC West Division. Armijo averaged 11 points, four rebounds and nearly two assists a game.

  • Cards' memorable ride ends

    Turnovers and inaccurate shooting doomed Robertson in a 70-51 defeat to Santa Fe Indian in the Class 3A boys’ quarterfinals Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson, which improved from a district also-ran to a 19-10 contender in David Bustos’ second season, figures to have much of its young team back next season.

    But on Wednesday, perhaps youthful inexperience hurt the Cardinals — which lost two key guards over the course of the campaign.

  • Judge to run again

    Philip Romero, a local Magistrate Court judge for the last 14 years, plans to run for another four-year term.

    He will compete in the June 1 Democratic primary. The only other announced Democratic candidate for Romero’s position is Ruth Trujillo, a paralegal.

    “I would like to continue to serve the people as magistrate judge,” Romero said. “I promise to answer to my obligations in making fair and honest decisions.”

  • Outlaws in Year 3

    The Las Vegas Outlaws — a collection of local gridiron talent competing as part of the New Mexico Premier Football League — opened its third season this past Sunday, falling 6-0 to the New Mexico Wolfpack in a rugged defensive battle at Perkins Stadium.

    Doug McDaniel hit Andrew Shock for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 4:34 left, providing the only points of the blustery afternoon. The Outlaws threatened early but fumbled the ball away just a few yards from paydirt.

  • West class sizes questioned

    A Union Elementary parent wants to know why classes at Union are so much bigger than those at Don Cecilio Elementary.

    The answer: Union is more popular with parents.

    Still, an official said the district plans to better balance out student numbers by classroom next school year.

    During a question-and-answer session at Union Elementary last week, as part of special meeting of the West Las Vegas school board, parent Betsy Sanchez wanted to know why some classes at Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary have as few as eight students.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I would like to thank both the members of the Las Vegas Fire Department and Gallinas Fire Department  for all the help they gave me while I was in need of heart surgery. Also, thanks to everyone who contributed toward my cause.

    Everything was greatly appreciated. I went through my heart surgery and am doing well. Thank you again.

    Frank Lovato

    Las Vegas

  • Lawyer mum on charter position

    The Las Vegas city attorney declined to say Wednesday whether he believed local voters passed a new charter, which is the city’s constitution.

    But the city manager didn’t hesitate to give his opinion: The voters passed it.

    Last week, 56 percent of voters voted for the new charter. But some, including former City Attorney Danelle Smith, have argued since the election that a super-majority of 60 percent was required for passage.