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Today's News

  • For Your Information: East vs. West

    When I began to research the budgets of Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas Schools, I thought the financial argument for administrative consolidation was obvious.

    I expected that when people knew the combined budgets of just two offices within both districts (superintendent and business offices) totaled nearly $2.6 million in 2008, people would immediately recognize some administrative fat could be trimmed and sent to students and teachers in the classroom.

    Wrong!

  • Man convicted in girl's death

    SANTA ROSA — The family of murder suspect David Levi Chavez thought it had good news when the judge read the jury’s verdict Friday afternoon — not guilty of first-degree murder.

    They erupted in loud cheers — prematurely as it turned out.

    District Judge Abigail Aragon then announced that the jury had found Las Vegas resident Chavez, 22, guilty of second-degree murder in the 2008 death of 6-year-old Jasmine Garcia. The victim had been sleeping in a house on Las Vegas’ Union Street when she was struck by gunfire.

  • Warriors edge Cardinals in defensive clash

    The remarkable turnaround season of the Robertson football team came to a close Saturday in Socorro, with the host Warriors taking a 7-3 squeaker in the Class 3A state quarterfinals... Socorro QB Esquibel scored the afternoon's lone touchdown on a goal-line plunge with 3:22 left in the first half. Robertson's Keen Martinez nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired in the half. That was all the scoring in a game dictated by big defensive stands, multiple fourth down conversion attempts, and a number of offensive penalties vs. RHS...

  • RHS soccer players, coaches honored

    As expected, Robertson soccer was well represented in District 1 1A-3A honors doled out this past weekend.

    RHS boys’ skipper Clarence Montoya and girls’ mentor Ray Parks earned coach-of-the-year honors after leading their squads to division titles.

  • Hometown Heroes: Lifting up spirits

    Krystle King and Tamara Naranjo are the head coaches of the 2009 varsity cheerleader squads for the East and West school districts. Both have championship rings and great histories in their own right and lead their perspective squads to do what cheerleaders have always done — lead.

    “A cheerleader means taking academics seriously, it means making sure when someone is down, you get them up. It is an honor, a responsibility and a privilege to wear that uniform,” King said.

  • 'Pokes 2-0 in Durango

    Outside shooting accuracy helped New Mexico Highlands collect its first two wins of the men’s basketball season over the weekend in Durango, Colo.

    NMHU (2-1) beat Grand Canyon 81-74 on Friday, then vanquished Calumet College 94-71 on Saturday as part of the Fort Lewis College Skyhawk Classic.

    The Cowboys host their own tourney, the NMHU Thanksgiving Classic, this weekend at the Wilson Complex.

    On Friday, Roman Andrade sizzled for 30 points, four assists and five steals to lead Highlands. Mindaugas Markevicius added 15 points and Kelvin Franklin 12.

  • Official: West 'in heck of a pickle'

    West Las Vegas school board member Caroline Lopez told her colleagues late last week that she agreed with most of the findings in a scathing state report on the district.

    The board’s regular meeting was on Thursday night, just hours after the state Legislative Finance Committee released its report on West and four other districts, including the Las Vegas City Schools.

    For five hours of the meeting, nothing was said about the state analysis. But shortly after 11 p.m., Lopez voiced her opinion on the committee’s 28-page report.

  • Union, city struggle to strike deal

    An official from the city’s biggest union says it’s having a difficult time reaching a new agreement with the city.

    Chris Armijo, a representative of the city chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, tried to air the union’s views during the public input portion of Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

  • Co-op maintaining power lines

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative is working with contractors to maintain its infrastructure.

    A recent memo from the co-op said that Sundance Power Pole Inspections has been hired to test power poles for structural integrity along the coop’s more than 1,800 miles of lines.  The company uses global positioning site technology along with Google Earth imaging to alert the co-op’s management to critical issues, hopefully reducing system failures.

  • Hunters angered with state's planned land swap

    Elk season is on at White’s Peak, but a proposed land swap may eventually remove some portion of that prime hunting ground from public use.

    And that’s angering some hunters.

    The State Land Office is proposing to give a portion of the White’s Peak land to the Express UU Bar Ranch and the Stanley Ranch in exchange for other land. The White’s Peak land, opponents say, has been used by area residents for hunting and herb gathering for generations. They fear that hunting that land would become a privilege of the rich if it were given to the ranches.