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Today's News

  • Las Vegas team ropers win big in regional finals

    STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS —  A pair of Las Vegas-area ropers were big winners during the recent United States Team Roping Southwest Regional Championship Finals held Aug. 19-22 at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque.

    Kodi K Armitage and partner Chris Francis of Las Vegas combined to take the top prize in the No. 11 Preliminary Division, defeating 121 other teams in the team roping competition.

    The duo roped four steers in 33.59 seconds to earn a $5,748 paycheck from the $16,808 total purse along with custom Martin trophy saddles.

  • Weekend Roundup: Big debut for Cards, new coach

    Leroy Gonzalez couldn’t contain his grin.

    On the first play from scrimmage in Gonzalez’s debut as Robertson’s head football coach, Dalan Abreu picked off a Portales pass.

    That a huge defensive play would immediately christen the first game of fall 2010 (and of the new coach’s tenure) was highly appropriate, given that Gonzalez’s history with the team has been most notable for a distinguished run as its defensive coordinator.

  • Editorial: Privatization is an option

    Las Vegas residents will see their solid waste rates spike by 43 percent in the coming months. We supported this increase so that the city could upgrade the solid waste department’s equipment, pay for the mandated cleanup at the old  Camp Luna landfill and offset an ongoing deficit.

  • Letter: Hopeful that issue will be resolved

    I would like to start this letter by saying how disappointed I am in the manner that the Fiesta situation has been handled.

    I never meant for it to escalate to the point that certain people who have supported me are being bashed publicly via radio.

    I was only trying to defend myself and hoped to get the opportunity to speak to the Fiesta Council and explain to the members why I think I should keep my full scholarship, but I was unable to do so.

  • Feds: Housing agency improves

    The Las Vegas Public Housing Authority is making progress in a number of areas, which may result in its shedding of its troubled status, a federal official said last week.

    The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department placed the authority in troubled status in 2005 because of a number of problems. That status meant HUD would give the local agency much greater scrutiny.

  • Editorial: Legitimate concerns

    Matt Martinez, president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, is plenty mad at City Councilman Andrew Feldman.

    A month ago, the councilor raised some legitimate questions and criticism when city staffers requested the council approve the chamber’s annual contract.

    Martinez wasn’t there to answer them, but he directed his fire at Feldman at last week’s council meeting. When he referred to Feldman, City Attorney Dave Romero stopped him, saying he didn’t want Martinez to mention specific names of personnel, including Feldman.

  • Work of Art: Take two iambs, then call me

    What’s happening to our language? English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into South-East Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria. In human time, it hasn’t been around that long,  but yet ... but yet ...

    Let me explain:

  • City eyes privatizing trash service

    For the first time in recent memory, the Las Vegas City Council heard a pitch for privatizing its solid waste service.

    The privatization idea has long been a political hot potato, even though the city has hired a private ambulance service for years.

    Last week, representatives of Houston-based Waste Management Inc. touted the efficiencies of a large national corporation.

  • Highlands women's soccer growing

    Growth has been the operative word in describing the recent path of New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer program.

    Growth in fan interest? Uh huh. Crowds have been increasingly robust at Perkins Stadium in support of the Cowgirls, particularly in comparison with the friends-and-family-only turnout of the program’s early years.

    Growth in a chronological sense? It’s been a decade and a half since Highlands added the sport, making Cowgirl soccer a teenager.

  • Senior Profile: Treasures in our midst

    Beatrice Maestas-Sandoval and George Ulibarri are master artists in their own right — judging from the array of artifacts tastefully arranged in George’s home and from the works in progress in the adjacent workshop area the two share.

    Beatrice remarks that some of her work is on display at her brother Jose Maestas’ business on Sixth Street.