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Today's News

  • Hackers hot in Jalapeno softball tournament

    Adult softball teams around the state are learning what those in the Meadow City already know — the Las Vegas Hackers are pretty darn tough.

    The team, which competes in the City of Las Vegas adult league, won the recent U.S. Slowpitch Softball Association’s “Jalapeño Popper” tournament in Albuquerque.

    The Hackers went 5-1 in the double-elimination event, defeating a strong Evolve Fitness group in the second of two meetings that decided the championship.

  • Top Mora school official gets pay hike

    A top Mora school district official is getting a raise because he is taking on extra duties, an official said last week.

    For the fiscal year starting July 1, Roger Gonzales, the district’s director of institutional support and advancement, will see his pay increase from $71,000 a year to $79,000, said Joseph Griego, chairman of the Mora school board.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    WEDNESday, June 9

    Las Vegas majors: Rockies 17, Giants 16; Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

    La Plaza majors: Cubs 14, Angels 8

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 15, Giants 1

    THURSday, June 10

    La Plaza majors: Yankees 10, Rockies 0

  • Firefighters work on fire in Tecolote area

    Extreme fire behavior and high winds throughout the day made it unsafe for firefighters to get containment of the Tecolote fire on Saturday, state officials said.

    Large smoke plumes were visible since Saturday morning, which made it hard to adequately size up the fire, officials said.   

    The use of airtankers was halted due to strong winds, but a Type 1 helicopter continued to make water drops.

    No structures were immediately threatened and no evacuations were ordered.  

  • Letter: Community efforts being punished

    I would like to start this by expressing my heartfelt gratitude to a young man, who literally gave the shirt off his back for someone else.

    On June 2, at approximately 1:40 a.m., James Montoya Jr. saw the awning in front of my building in flames. He turned his car around and went back to help. He tried to douse the fire by using his drink, but when that didn’t work he took the shirt off his back and put it out. Nervously he dialed 911.  

  • As It Is: Media herd is on its way

    One of my old bosses liked to say that running a newsroom is like herding cats. In many ways, that’s true.

    We’re questioners by nature, not blind followers of authority.

    But the media often act like a herd when it’s covering a big story.

    The TV stations and daily newspapers in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor closely follow one another, often covering the same stories.

    You don’t see them often around here, except when big stories break such as the infamous sexual assaults at a Robertson High School football camp.

  • Apartment complex opens

    A housing complex on Ridge Runner Road has been completed.

    The Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico and the Vista Gallinas Community Partnership recently celebrated the official grand opening of the Vista Gallinas Apartments, a 15-unit permanent supportive housing project. The project provides affordable housing to citizens of Las Vegas who have struggled with homelessness and disabilities.  

  • North wins

    West Las Vegas’ Dean Gallegos led the North to a 2-1 series win in the Class 3A North-South All-Star baseball games this past weekend in Socorro.

    The North, which also featured WLV’s Jared Gallegos and Mike Armijo and Robertson’s Adrian Jaramillo, had lost Friday’s opener before sweeping a doubleheader Saturday, 12-11 and 16-11.

  • Editorial: Full time, no conflicts

    Congratulations to state Rep. Thomas Garcia for being hired as superintendent of the Mora school district. The district needs a strong leader who will get its finances back in order and push all schools to meet the federal standard of adequate yearly progress. (Mora High School, to its credit, already makes the grade.)

    Unfortunately, the superintendent’s position has been a revolving door in recent years. We hope Garcia succeeds and stays.

    As a state representative, however, he should now resign.

  • Adult softball

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex off Grant Street.

    Men’s division

    Scores:

    WEDNESday, June 9

    Hackers 19, Blaze 5; Tecolote 8, Vegas Boyz 7; Chuggers 23, Buzzards 13

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, June 14

    The Best vs. Louisville Chuggers, 6:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. Vegas Boyz, 7:30 p.m.; Dream Team vs. Tecolote, 8:45 p.m.

    WEDNESday, June 16