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Today's News

  • Letter: 'Old time politics' still alive and well

    In Mayor Tony Marquez’s recent  press release announcing that he would not run for re-election, he took credit for “liberating” our city government from “old time politics and the patron system.” Mayor Marquez also stated that he chose to “side with the people.” What “people” was Mayor Marquez referring to? I was not one of them.

  • Vegas man arrested on drug charges

    Authorities arrested a local man Thursday after they found drug-distribution equipment at his Highlands University residence, officials said.

    Agents from the Region IV Narcotics Task Force, which consisted of officers from the campus and city police and the Sheriff’s Department, executed a narcotics search warrant on Michael A. Strand Sr., 51.

  • Cowgirls earn split, RMAC win No. 2

    Whitney Polosky tallied 20 points and Amanda Beauchamp had 18 on Saturday evening, leading New Mexico Highlands to a 78-72 win over league opponent Western State (Colo.).

    That outcome gave Highlands a split of a weekend Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference homestand. Mesa State had won 65-62 on Friday.

    NMHU converted on 21 of 24 free throws Saturday and while the Cowgirls hit 43 percent from the floor for the game, they were a healthy 48 percent in the second half.

    NMHU improved to 7-8 overall and 2-6 in the RMAC; WSC is 6-10, 4-4.

  • No. 1 WLV downs SFIS

    Wednesday night, Jose Medina guarded his West Las Vegas team’s timeouts like they were precious jewels.

    Instead of using them every time Santa Fe Indian made a run and threatened to take over the game, Medina simply watched and waited, barking out instructions from the WLV sideline.

    It worked out fine. With few pauses in the action, the Lady Dons adjusted, never quite allowing the visiting Lady Braves to wrest control away in a 51-40 win at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Lady Dons keep top spot

    West still is best.

    The West Las Vegas Lady Dons remain the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A girls’ basketball, according to the latest New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll released Wednesday.

    The team received all first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and held sole possession of the top spot for the second consecutive week.

    The schedule gets tougher with the onset of the District 2-3A slate this week; WLV topped third-ranked Santa Fe Indian on Wednesday night and has a trip to Raton this weekend.

  • Editorial: Give Dodge a contract

    The lack of stability has hurt City Hall over the last dozen years. As such, the Las Vegas City Council has rightly placed continuity as one of its chief goals.

    Too often, petty politics has caused turnover in the city manager’s position. New mayors have come in, with the proverbial swagger intent on installing their loyalists. And that means employees have had to undergo new processes, new rules, new management styles at regular intervals.

  • East board opposes land swap

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has come out against the proposed land swap at White Peak, which is near Ocate.

    The board, led by  member Gabe Lucero, joins other opponents, including Gov. Bill Richardson, the San Miguel County Commission and area sportsmen groups.

    East board members contended that the proposed deal, pushed by Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, goes against the public interest and lines the pockets  of the recipients of the White Peak land.

  • Detective to run for sheriff

    Roy Pacheco, a detective with the Las Vegas Police Department, plans to run for San Miguel County sheriff.

    He announced that he will participate in the June 1 Democratic primary; candidates have to file in early March.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who is eligible to run for a second four-year term, is widely expected to enter the race as well. Pacheco is the first to an-nounce his candidacy.

    Pach-eco, 30, has been with the Police Department for 13 years, joining the force shortly after his high school graduation.

  • Senior Profile: We 'hear' you loud and clear

    A generalization holds that one learns by interacting with others -- listening, speaking, reading, but what if one cannot hear? We might conclude that being unable to use one of these modalities would result in a disability.

    Not necessarily.

    Take Las Vegas’ Clarence and Faye Falvey. They stress that deafness or being hard-of-hearing is not a handicap, but rather -- a difference. Both were born into hearing and speaking families.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A VISIT FROM A HERO. It’s not every day that Las Vegas gets an up-close look at one of the major participants in American history. On Sunday, Minnijean Brown-Trickey spoke at the United World College about her experiences as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the black students who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 under the protection of federal troops.