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Today's News

  • Local boxers in ring Friday at Tingley

    A trio of boxers with local ties will be in the ring Friday night at Albuquerque’s Tingley Coliseum, site of a ShoBox card being staged by Gary Shaw Promotions.

    Michael Coca-Gallegos, an area native now living in Albuquerque, will be seeking his first professional victory after losing his first two fights. Coca-Gallegos is looking to upset fellow up-and-comer Vincent “Lil Man” Mirabal (4-0, 1 KO).

  • Above and Beyond: Robertson honors 275 students

    Robertson High School’s Marr Gym was recently packed with students and parents.

    They weren’t there for a sporting event. Rather, they were honoring academic achievement of the school’s 275 students who have been making good grades this year.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said he thought it was important that people have an opportunity to see the good in the district. He said in recent times the school has received its share of bad publicity because of the actions of a few misguided people.

  • Dons battle but fall at Pojoaque

    In its 62-46 defeat of visiting West Las Vegas on Wednesday night at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, Pojoaque pumped its district record against Las Vegas teams to 2-0.

    But the outcome was far from certain early in the fourth quarter.

    Tomas Benavidez had just driven to the hoop and scored off a pass from Ambrosio Castellano to bring the Dons within 43-40, and West looked to have a little momentum on its side. Ryan Montoya answered for the Elks, but a bucket by T.J. Esquibel made it 46-42.

  • Cards pull away to win by 20

    Justin Bustos led all scorers with 22 points Wednesday evening as host Robertson jumped back into the District 2-3A race courtesy of a 85-65 thumping of Raton at Mike Marr Gym.

    Was the final score indicative of the Cardinals’ dominance?

    Yes and no, depending on what part of the game you examine.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... HISTORY RECORDED THROUGH ART.  Casa de Cultura, a local nonprofit organization and significant contributor to quality of life in Las Vegas, was awarded $15,000 by the city to create a mural on “The People’s History of Northern New Mexico.” The money will go for paneling and materials (though the total price tag is estimated at $25,000). The mural will be on the north end of the old Safeway parking lot at Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.

  • Woman accused in hit-and-run

    An Ojo Feliz woman is accused of running over another woman after they got into an argument at a Las Vegas bar, state police said.

    April Alcon, 21, was at the Inn of Las Vegas bar around 1 a.m. last Wednesday when she allegedly struck Christina Leyba with her car.

    Leyba appeared to have a compound fracture to her lower left leg, with a bone sticking out of her pants leg, according to a criminal complaint. She was taken to the hospital.

    Alcon was charged with aggravated battery, a second DWI offense and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

  • Police: Man threatens to kill officer

    A Las Vegas man who told a police officer that he would “blow your head off” is charged with a number of offenses.

    Dennis Martin Chavez, 46, 741 Dora Celeste, was put in jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond.

    According to a criminal complaint, state police were called to Chavez’s Dora Celeste house after his stepdaughter reported a domestic disturbance.

  • Don wrestlers 4th in Trinidad

    Helped by a couple of wrestlers who reached the championship matches in their weight classes, the West Las Vegas wrestling team snagged fourth place in the 12-team Trinidad Invitational over the weekend in Trinidad, Colo.

    Dumas (Texas) came out on top in the team standings amid a close battle among the top four teams. Dumas amassed 148 team points to edge La Junta (Colo.), 143; Trinidad, 142; and West Las Vegas, 141.

  • Letter: Don't blame it on secondhand smoke

    I have had it with all the reports blaming secondhand cigarette smoke for all the illnesses of mankind. Most of my patients who smoked died from old age and nothing else. People need to take a good long look at all the damage caused from radiation contamination. It is in the air we are breathing.

    You can see cigarette smoke, you can’t see radiation fallout. The government will not tell you the truth as to what we are breathing in our air. Look at all the illness caused from radiation contamination.

    Blame it all on a cigarette? I don’t think so.

  • Editorial: Keep road for public

    Daniel Garcia, who lives near El Pueblo, contends that the county took his road without his family’s consent decades ago. And now he’s fighting to get it back.

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission heard his request to abandon one mile of B41-E, which he said had been in his family for generations.

    In October, the commission had granted his request, but officials found out that they hadn’t given proper notice to all nearby residents. So the commission decided to reconsider the issue.