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Today's News

  • Police deal with rash of car break-ins

    Las Vegas has seen an increase in vehicle break-ins over the holiday season, Interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said Monday.

    Residential burglaries, however, are comparatively down, he said.

    In November and December, 28 vehicle burglaries were reported in town, compared to only 13 during the same two months a year earlier. In a news release issued last week, Montaño warned that the break-ins were occurring to “unlocked and unattended” vehicles.

  • Student helps MainStreet increase Artwalk interest

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University business student Jewell Esquibel helped increased Las Vegas business participation in Second Saturday Artwalk through a work- study internship with MainStreet Las Vegas.

    During the fall semester, Esquibel worked as the coordinator for Second Saturday Artwalk. Since 2008, more than 75 local artists have participated in Artwalk by teaming up with local galleries, retail shops, restaurants and other businesses to attract locals and visitors to historic downtown Las Vegas.

  • Who was Stu Clark?

    With the 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament concluding on Thursday evening — third-place game at 6, followed by the championship around 8 — some spectators may be curious as to the origin of this Las Vegas holiday basketball tradition.

    Stuart “Stu” Clark, the tournament’s namesake, was one of New Mexico Highlands University’s most accomplished coaches and mentors.

  • Luna softball may be on upswing

    I can’t believe I’ve been covering sports in northeastern New Mexico for 24 years. Time goes by fast. Without giving up how old I am, I will tell you I’m fortunate that I age well.

    During the last two decades or so I have covered many teams — some good, some bad, many prominent, many contenders and many pretenders. But there is one team that stays close to my heart, and it’s right here at Luna Community College. I’m talking about our softball team.

  • Highlands runners honored for academics

    Three New Mexico Highlands University runners have been honored on the All-Academic Team for cross country in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in recognition of their efforts this past fall.

    Nicaise Kazingo, a Highlands junior from Bujumbura, Burundi, is one of eight first-team All-RMAC Academic Team selections. Kazingo carries a 3.8 grade point average and majors in mathematics.

    Kazingo, who has earned All-American honors as a runner for coach Bob DeVries’ Cowboys, was one of the top two performers, along with Moses Kirui, in 2010.

  • Issues facing our schools

    It’s good to see a healthy field of challengers in the races for the East and West school board positions. The contests will ensure that some debate about the issues facing our schools in Las Vegas.

  • Work of Art: Laugh? Thought I’d never start

    By Art Trujillo

    Rather than attempt Comedy Central, let me explain that I have absolutely no talent when it comes to telling those long, drawn-out, elaborate situational anecdotes that require a series of repetitive remarks (“and then the genie asked the third man ...) followed by a punchless line.

    In fact, where there’s laughter in my environment, it’s usually the result of some slip of the tongue, a one-liner, or something serendipitous, in which people are laughing at me rather than with me. And that’s all right too.

  • Residents near town to get tax cut

    Nine households southwest of Las Vegas will see a substantial drop in their property taxes next time around.

    That’s because the residents successfully argued to a valuation board that their loss of water has diminished the value of their properties.

    Earlier this month, the San Miguel County Valuation Protests Board ordered the county to reduce the residents’ property values by a third.

  • Christmas Mass
  • Anaya defends 2004 decision

    Six years later, former Gov. Toney Anaya says selecting Manny Aragon as Highlands University president was “the right decision at the time.”

    “We were looking at pursuing a different course for Highlands,” Anaya said in a recent interview.

    In 2004, Anaya was president of the Board of Regents when the panel selected state Senate leader Manny Aragon as president.