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Today's News

  • Las Vegas officials say goodbye

    Wednesday was the last City Council meeting for council members Cruz Roybal and Morris Madrid, both of whom decided against running for re-election.

    It was also to be the last for Mayor Tony Marquez, but he didn’t show up.

    At the beginning of the council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Moore told her colleagues that the mayor informed her that he was running late because he was tending to legislative business in Santa Fe. He sent that information via a text.

  • State wrestling tourney in Rio Rancho

    Adam Martinez and Jake Martinez are part of an elite club in the history of New Mexico high school wrestling.

    Having won four individual state championships, they are two of only 12 grapplers to have done so. (Only one wrestler — Carlsbad’s Michael Scott Owen — has ever won five.)

    If he can win another state title Saturday at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center, Robertson High junior Daniel Martinez will join his older brothers in that exclusive group.

  • No jail for ex-deputy accused of DWI

    Most people go to jail after they’re arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

    Not former San Miguel County Undersheriff Joe Robert Urban, 63.

    Urban, instead, was released to Sheriff Benjie Vigil, with whom he had worked a long time. Urban retired from the Sheriff’s Department a few months ago after more than a quarter century of service.

  • Las Vegas native to run in national meet

    Hometown fans will be able to watch Las Vegas’ own Victoria Martinez compete on the national level — and on New Mexico turf — when the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships come to Albuquerque Feb. 27-28.

    Martinez, 26, qualified for the national indoor 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.29 at a meet this past weekend at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The time eclipsed Martinez’s previous personal best in the event.

  • Mora schools superintendent resigns; interim leader remains

    Dora Romero, the superintendent of the Mora school district, resigned this week, two months after the school board placed her on leave, officials confirmed.

    She submitted her letter of resignation to the school board, promising to assist the district with any matters that occurred during her time as superintendent.

    She specifically said that she would be willing to help with issues related to Mark Cassidy, the high school cross country coach and assistant track coach. Under her administration, Cassidy’s contract as girls basketball coach wasn’t renewed.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Winter Idyll or idle winter?

    I don’t mean to wax poetic, but I just can’t help it, as that is a good part of my particular discipline. What I really want is to dispel some of the outright inconvenience that I have opted for as a rural dweller by choice.

    My headlined allusion to Whittier’s “Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyll” can be taken “romantically,” as the definition of idyll suggests — a nostalgic work describing a pleasant rural scene or homey setting. Well, that depends …

  • Cowgirls upset Wolves

    Modest runs of 5-0 and 8-0 paved the way to one of the Highlands Cowgirls’ finest wins in recent history Tuesday for Senior Night at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls surprised defending league champion Colorado State-Pueblo 62-49 to improve to 10-13 overall and 4-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CSUP (15-9, 11-5) stays on track for a postseason run, but it was a feel-good night for coach Tiffany Darling and a Highlands team that has come a long way in a year.

  • Police: Man died after being stabbed

    A man accused of killing his brother apparently was drinking with the victim the night of the murder when they got into a fight, police say.

    Joseph J. Maestas is charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of his brother, Michael L. Maestas, 55.

    It’s the first murder of the year in Las Vegas.  

  • Hoops season to finish with East-West

    For those who love the Robertson-West Las Vegas athletic rivalry, there could be no better way to end the regular season.

    East-West clashes in boys’ basketball (Friday night at Mike Marr Gym) and girls’ basketball (Saturday evening at Gillie Lopez Gym) will bring the curtain down on the regular season this weekend.

    On paper, at least, there are clear favorites.

    Robertson’s boys’ team, led by coach David Bustos, is rated seventh in 3A, 16-7 and 4-4 in district going into Thursday night’s game with No. 3 Santa Fe Indian.

  • Senior Profile: Caring, curing and carrying on

    They’ve devoted a lifetime to the care of others and each other. John Sketchley Moore and Edith Turner Moore, pharmacist and nurse, respectively, have more than related professions to explain their almost 61 years’ close-knit relationship.

    One cannot miss the unspoken communication between the two — a good-hearted smirk from John, a quick glance and softening of facial features into a sweet smile from Edith — no doubt about it, there’s something special here.