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Today's News

  • Sheriff planning for Tasers

    San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil says he doesn’t need the County Commission’s permission to use Tasers.

    He announced last week that his department will start carrying the electroshock weapon in early June.

    That took county officials by surprise.

    Previously, the commission had taken up the issue of whether the sheriff should be allowed to carry Tasers. At one point, county officials asked Vigil to come up with a policy.

  • Silva bullet

    Manuel Silva, a senior at West Las Vegas, recently captured high-point athlete honors in the Fort Sumner Fox and Vixen Relays.

    Silva accumulated 25 points in various throwing events. He took first place in the shot put with a toss of 42 feet, 5 inches, and won the javelin with a 120-6.5. Additionally, he threw the discus 100 feet even, good for third place among large-school competitors. He also was runner-up in the 400-meter dash in 57.73 seconds.

    As a team, West had 112.5 team points in the large-school boys’ standings, second to Hope Christian (199.5).

  • State track field expands with locals

    The following local athletes have qualified for state in track and field to date this season. Class 3A state championships will be held May 7-8 at the University of New Mexico track in Albuquerque.

    The small-school state meet is May 5-6, also at UNM.

    Class 3A qualifiers include:

    • Estevan Vigil, Robertson, in the boys’ 100-meter dash (10.19 seconds, fastest time to date among 3A boys); 200 (22.43); 400 (51.76); long jump (a state-leading 21-7); and javelin (158-2, longest to date);

  • RHS sweeps own meet

    Dual first-place finishes for the second time in as many weeks were the reward for the performance of Robertson boys’ and girls’ track teams in Friday’s Meadow City Invitational at Cardinal Stadium.

    Estevan Vigil highlighted the day, posting his fastest time of the year in the boys’ 100-meter dash with a 10.19. That is also the fastest sprint among Class 3A boys this season.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The organizers of the Las Vegas Seed Exchange give heartfelt thanks to the many generous people who made the event a success.

    Organizers estimate that between 120 and 200  people attended.

  • Magistrate judge candidates answer questions

    The candidates for magistrate judge appeared to agree on most issues during a forum last week at Highlands University.

    On the June 1 primary ballot for Division 1 magistrate judge are incumbent Philip Romero, and challengers Ruth Trujillo, a Democrat, and Daniel Holguin Sr., a Republican. Division 2 Magistrate Judge Chris Najar is running unopposed.

    QUESTION: What factors into a decision to send a suspected DWI offender to jail? 

  • East leader's contract extended

    The Las Vegas City Schools board extended Superintendent Rick Romero’s contract by two years. His pay stays the same.

    Only one member voted against the extension, but even he said he approved of the official’s performance.

  • As It Is: An issue of residency

    Politicians should get credit when it’s deserved. I thank County Commissioner June Garcia and her husband, LeRoy Garcia, because I’ll be getting a reduction in property taxes the next time around.

    Last week, I filed for a head-of-house exemption, which deducts $2,000 from the taxable value of a house. You can use such a tax break only for your primary residence. It’ll mean about a $50 reduction in my taxes next year.

  • Cards, Elks split

    Nicholas Aragon and Girard Maestas jacked two home runs apiece and Antonio Arguello went yard once to help the Robertson baseball team take a split with Pojoaque Valley on Saturday at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

    RHS (11-11 overall) had hoped to climb to second place in District 2-3A, but with West Las Vegas’ sweep of Santa Fe Indian (via forfeits), the Dons look to lock up second.

  • Vegas boxers thrill home crowd

    Amanda Crespin scored her first professional victory much the way she might have wanted it — in front of a hometown crowd at the old gym she used to frequent.

    Crespin (1-2-1) endured a final-round barrage from opponent Linda Custodio to win a unanimous decision Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Generally, it was a good night for the locals whose pugilistic skills were showcased in Carlos Crespin’s first card as a pro boxing promoter.