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Today's News

  • State baseball ride ends for Las Vegas

    For being a couple of the state tournament’s longest-shot underdogs, Las Vegas’ two prep baseball teams put quite a scare into their heavily favored opponents on Saturday, miles from the Meadow City.

    Fifteenth seed Robertson led No. 2 Bloomfield much of their game but stumbled late in losing 7-5.

    To the south, 14th seed West Las Vegas kept close most of the way but fell at No. 3 Cobre by a 9-5 count.

  • Vatos put up a fight in regionals

    In Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend, the young Highlands University Vatos finished one win short of reaching the USA Rugby Sweet 16.

    In a big upset, the Vatos defeated Texas’ No. 1 Austin Rugby Club 13-7 before losing to Texas’ No. 2 Dallas, 25-10 in the semifinals.

    A 43-22 consolation loss for third place to Missouri No. 1 St Louis Rugby Club landed the Vatos with a fourth place trophy. The top three of eight regionals advance to the national final 16.

  • Nip-tuck East-West softball finale

    In a day of wild rallies and photo finishes, Robertson and West Las Vegas battled to a split Saturday in the final softball doubleheader of the regular season.

    Each team had something at stake in terms of state tournament seeding (announced Sunday as this issue was going to press). And they both played like it.

    West Las Vegas won the opener 13-11 on Larrissa Gallegos’ walk-off two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth inning.

  • Jump for joy!

    A child did lead them.

    Robertson freshman Kristen Montaño led off a successful state track meet by winning the girls’ long jump, clearing 17 feet, 2 inches.

    Montaño, who built up a list of state-qualifying performances over the second half of the season, won by nearly a half foot over runner-up Dionna Montoya, a Pojoaque senior.

    That victory set the tone for a strong weekend for locals at the meet, held at UNM’s track complex.

  • East schools set to lay off 15

    The Las Vegas City Schools expects 15 employees to be leaving the district because of retirement or other reasons. But that won’t make up a more than $1 million shortfall in the budget.

    The district’s superintendent, Rick Romero, said at a meeting last week that some “good people” will have to be laid off to make ends meet. That cut would affect 15 — four teachers and 11 other staff, he said.

    It didn’t appear that the district will be laying off any principals or other top administrators — an idea floated earlier.

  • Editorial: A cleaner community

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is right to be looking for new ways to reduce the amount of illegal dumping in our area.

    Last week, he signed an executive order that eliminates fees for city utility customers who bring trash to the transfer station in north Las Vegas. All residents have to do is show their utility bills to prove they’re customers.

  • Guerin a state champ!

    Just an eighth grader, Juliana Guerin is a state champion in girls’ tennis.

    Guerin knocked off Paloma Gomez of St. Michael’s in the Class 3A girls’ singles final on Thursday to capture the title, capping a successful first year on the Robertson High varsity.

  • As It Is: More openness locally

    Both the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County are saving trees these days.

    Last year, the County Commission started using laptops at its meetings. Since then, I have been able to get a CD with all of the backup documentation for the issues on the county's agenda.

    That provides me with much information about county business and helps me report about it for our readers.

  • Crespin wins again

    Amanda Crespin squared her professional record at 2-2-1 Friday night, taking a four-round unanimous decision over Clara de la Torre (1-10) of Santa Fe.

    The match opened a card co-promoted by Danny Romero and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque.

    It was the second win in less than two weeks for Crespin, who beat Linda Custodio on April 24 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Student graduates from Luna before high school ends

    Sarah Bustos took part in Luna Community College’s graduation Saturday. That’s two weeks before she gets her diploma at West Las Vegas High School.

    Isn’t that out of order?

    Not for Bustos.

    The West cheerleader has been taking classes at Luna since she was a high school sophomore. She got enough credits to get her general education certificate at Luna’s graduation. That’s enough, she said, to qualify her as a junior at Highlands University — a big head start for a bachelor’s degree.