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Today's News

  • South football deals shutout

    Southern New Mexico football is alive and well.

    The South team punctuated  Class 3A North-South week with a 30-0 drubbing of its upstate rival on Saturday night at Perkins Stadium. In doing so, the boys in blue took a 7-3 lead in a series that may be seeing changes in the coming years.

    The North — coached by Santa Fe Indian School’s Ernie Rodriguez and featuring 10 local players from Robertson and West Las Vegas — made several promising forays into enemy territory but lost the ball each time, either via turnovers or downs.

  • As It Is: When will I learn?

    In getting information from the government, asking the right questions is half the ballgame. But when it comes to seeking public records, I have yet to learn a particular lesson.

    In May 2006, a number of people in town told me that the West Las Vegas school district’s bilingual program put on a lavish adults-only party with money that was intended for kids. I heard that it was held at El Rialto restaurant.

    So I turned in a request to the district, specifying that the party was held at El Rialto.

  • Mora Little League wraps season

    On Thursday, July 1, the last games of the Mora Little League for this year brought the regular season to a close. (All-Star district playoffs are ongoing this week in Raton).

    For closing day, fields were decorated in bright red, white and blue banners and balloons for a festive atmosphere.

    The games were played with enthusiasm to a large crowd of cheering parents, grandparents and community friends. The scores were: White Sox 8, Rockies 0; and Dodgers 10, Orioles 7. In the meantime the young tee-ballers played their games with as much enthusiasm and cheers.

  • Letter: Thanks for county responsiveness

    In the past, I’ve written two letters expressing my concern, and that of my neighbors, about the issue of oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County.  The subjects of these letters were the unbalanced weighting of the ordinance task force toward those sympathetic with the oil and gas industry and the equivocal and dodgy responses people got when they asked whether or not the task force meetings would be open to the public for observation.

  • Elkette star delivers for North girls

    The last stand and fond farewell of three Meadow City girls’ basketball standouts — West Las Vegas’ Linda Esquibel and Robertson’s Daniella Montoya and Karlee Bradley — was a sentimental favorite of the home crowd at Friday’s North-South game.

    But with the explosiveness she brought to the Wilson Complex, Dionna Montoya of Pojoaque looked like she was roaring “hello,” not saying “goodbye.”

  • Fiesta members ousted

    The Las Vegas Fiesta Council has ousted six of its members — some of whom have spent many years helping organize the annual event.

    On June 30, Fiesta President Mathew Martinez sent certified letters to the six volunteers, informing them that they were “terminated effective immediately.”

    Most of the six apparently didn’t get the letters until after the Fourth of July weekend, when the fiesta is held. The six make up a third of the council’s membership.

  • Mallette in national rodeo

    Deming Mallette, an 11th grader at Dora Cyber Academy, will compete on Team New Mexico in the upcoming National High School Finals Rodeo.

    The national rodeo — boasting more than 1,500 contestants — will take place July 18-24 in Gillette, Wyo.

    Mallette has qualified in the event of pole bending.

  • North-South time in Vegas

    Fifteen Meadow City athletes will be among those playing in the Class 3A North-South games this weekend, bidding adieu to their glory days as prep stars.

    The girls’ basketball all-star game tips off at 5 p.m. Friday at the Wilson Complex, followed immediately by the boys’ game.

    The football all-star game kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    Sanctioned by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association and staged by a volunteer committee, the North-South games have been situated in Las Vegas through the last decade.

  • Little League All-Stars hit Raton

    Top Little Leaguers from Las Vegas will join counterparts from Mora, Clayton, Taos, Springer, Questa and host city Raton this week for the district all-star tournaments.

    The action begins bright and early Saturday morning in Raton. Each bracket is double-elimination.

    Weekend early-round games, by division:

    Baseball, 9-10

  • Report: Head Start turns around

    In a big turnaround, the West Las Vegas Head Start program is now fully compliant with regulations, a federal agency has determined.

    This will mean that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end its heightened oversight of the program, said Joseph Griego, the local Head Start director. The oversight was the result of problems the agency found in the local program years ago.

    The program provides early education to low-income children from throughout the area, including the east side.