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Today's News

  • County's building projects done

    Over the last decade, San Miguel County has spent millions of dollars improving its buildings or constructing new ones.

    Now that those projects are done, the county won’t be spending as much on capital outlay for its facilities in the coming years, County Manager Les Montoya said during the County Commission’s mid-year budget review last week.

    He said the county could invest some of its resources on new computers, among other things.

  • Editorial: The agents of change

    Aside from the question about the percentage of votes necessary to pass the new Las Vegas city charter into law — a simple majority vs. a super majority  — this much is certain: Most of last week’s voters declared that they want change. Fifty-six percent preferred a new charter over the four-decades-old document that was approved when the two Vegases united into a single city in 1970.

    Actually, “change” is a familiar refrain for voters; we’ve noticed it numerous times in recent years.

  • Good start vs. Mavs

    Kyle Gutchewsky homered and his New Mexico Highlands teammates David Bustillos, Oscar Sigala and Troy DeAngelis each collected two hits in Friday’s 8-3 win over Mesa State College.

    But the man on the mound — Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason Pitcher of the year Drew Vassil — really shined, going the distance in a nine-inning win, striking out five and allowing seven hits and no earned runs.

    A six-run fourth inning by NMHU erased the Mavericks’ 3-0 lead, and the Cowboys tacked on an insurance run in each of the next two frames.

  • Las Vegan presents flags to schools

    Staff Sgt. Martin David Gallegos is a graduate of Robertson High School, but visited both East and West schools last week to unfurl three U.S. flags flown over war-torn Iraq. 

    The flags were flown by his National Guard unit in a Iraq. With each flag, Gallegos also presented a plaque describing its history. 

    Gallegos is serving with the 515th Regiment out of Belen. The soldiers are stationed at Camp Bucca, a forward operating base about 200 miles south of Baghdad.

  • Cowgirls, Mountain Lions battle to first-day draw

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Kailey Hernandez hit a two-run double in the sixth inning to lift the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 7-5 victory over the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls and a doubleheader split Saturday afternoon at Mountain Lion Field.

    New Mexico Highlands (5-6) won the opener 13-4.

  • Lady Dons, Cardinals head to quarters

    Next stop: The Pit.

    West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons made their way to the Class 3A state basketball quarterfinals by doubling up Hatch Valley 60-30 on Friday before a mostly full Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Dons (25-4) will play Thoreau at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner getting a semifinal date with either No. 1 Portales or No. 9 St. Michael’s on Thursday. Including Tuesday’s games, the remainder of the 3A girls’ tourney will be held at University Arena (AKA The Pit) in Albuquerque.

    Thoreau beat Hot Springs 58-47 in another Friday playoff game.

  • Cowboys, three fellow RMAC schools tapped for NCAA tourney

     

  • Cardinal sluggers third in Cobre

    Nicholas Aragon and Luke Aragon earned spots on the all-tournament team Saturday in the Cobre Invitational after helping lead the Robertson baseball team to a third-place finish in the season-opening event.

    The Cardinals, now under the tutelage of new head coach Shannon Aragon, nipped Kirtland Central 2-1 in the third-place game on Saturday.

  • Luna trimming its spending

    Like every other state-funded agency in town, Luna Community College is having to cut back spending.

    Recently, the college put out a special edition of its newsletter, Luna Light, to focus on the impact of budget cuts.

  • County approves Pecos development

    The San Miguel County Commission last week approved a four-lot housing development in the Pecos area.

    The residential lots will be about two acres each, and the developer, Bonnie McGowan, will reserve 116 acres for open space — a portion of which would be used for hiking trails, gardens and stables.

    Several speakers during the commission’s meeting last week praised McGowan’s plans for the Hawk’s Landing subdivision.

    However, one nearby resident, M. Dolores White-Vigil, sent a letter to the commission opposing the proposed development.