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Today's News

  • Local grapplers compete in trials

    Bring on the world.

    That’s essentially what Las Vegans Marcos Martinez and Jesse Valdez said in their first real foray into higher level martial arts competition. Each of the two went 2-2 in the recent World Team Trials for Grappling in Phoenix.

    Martinez and Valdez have been training in jiu jitsu, adding to their growing martial arts repertoire based on years of collegiate wrestling.

  • Letter: 'Closed community' breaks heart

    I fell in love with Las Vegas the minute I laid eyes on it 15 years ago. I loved the people, the architecture, the trees, the sky, the homes, the sun, rain, wind and the snow. I loved it all. I loved it so much that I talked about it wherever I went.

    My job required me to travel all over Central and Northern New Mexico and you know how it is when you’re in love. You can’t stop talking about the object of your affection, and mine was Las Vegas!

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of the board and the children of La Plaza Little League, we would like to thank the following sponsors. Without their support, the District 4 Tournament held at La Plaza would not have been a success.

  • Hospital payment delayed

    County officials want answers from Alta Vista Regional Hospital about why it’s not talking with its employees’ union.

    This week, the County Commission unanimously voted to delay paying the hospital $45,000 in health care for the poor. At the same time, the commission agreed to pay Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe for similar services.

  • Youth accused of riding onto West field

    Runners and walkers are welcome to use the track at West Las Vegas High School.

    Just don’t take your cars in.

    Early on a recent morning, a youth drove his car onto the football field and did some doughnuts, causing nearly $2,000 in damage, officials said.

    School employees discovered the damage when they arrived that morning. Security cameras captured the whole incident.  

    Based on a tip, officers went to the home of the suspect and could see remains from the field on his car, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • Editorial: Good television

    Television is a two-edged sword. It has been both a contributor to and a detractor of the quality of life in America. On the one hand, television made us more closely connected as a nation and to our world, but on the other, it has also pulled us inside, so that our sense of community is more distant. We don’t know our neighbors as we used to, we don’t just sit and around and talk like before, because of the neverending temptation to withdraw into the world of television.

  • Free lunch offered for vets at local Elks Lodge

    A 10-foot banner pinned to the wall of the Elks Lodge 408 welcomed veterans to a mid-day lunch on Sunday in appreciation for the sacrifices they have made for their country. The meal included spaghetti, garlic bread and all the fixings.

    Elks leader Angela Sanchez said this is the third year her organization has been honoring veterans with a free lunch. She said through the year, Elks members sponsor many events to help veterans and their families.

  • Resident honored for cleanup at Union

    On a recent weekend, Rick Roybal organized a cleanup of Union Street Elementary School. More than 50 people showed up.

    Roybal and others wanted to wipe down the school from floor to ceiling to prevent the flu from spreading.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Tony Marquez honored Roybal for his work.

    Roybal said the effort was successful and that volunteers got the work done in two hours. He said Albuquerque’s KRQE television station covered the event.

  • RHS assistant coach charged

    A Robertson High School assistant football coach accused of getting into a confrontation at McDonald’s has been charged with disorderly conduct.

    He was relieved of his duties Monday, officials said.

    The coach, Phillip Conway-Trujillo, 29, allegedly got into a fight with West Las Vegas football players in the men’s restroom around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The coach was reportedly intoxicated, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    Another man, Anthony Pacheco, 21, was also charged.

  • RHS, Mora spikers eye state tourney

    For all but four area programs, the fall sports season has come to a close.

    For Robertson’s football and volleyball teams, the Mora volleyball team and one New Mexico Highlands cross country runner, potential glory still awaits.

    Raynee Gerhart’s Lady Cardinals and Leslie Vigil’s Rangerettes begin their state volleyball tournament quests on Thursday in Rio Rancho.