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Today's News

  • Las Vegan presents flags to schools

    Staff Sgt. Martin David Gallegos is a graduate of Robertson High School, but visited both East and West schools last week to unfurl three U.S. flags flown over war-torn Iraq. 

    The flags were flown by his National Guard unit in a Iraq. With each flag, Gallegos also presented a plaque describing its history. 

    Gallegos is serving with the 515th Regiment out of Belen. The soldiers are stationed at Camp Bucca, a forward operating base about 200 miles south of Baghdad.

  • Cowgirls, Mountain Lions battle to first-day draw

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Kailey Hernandez hit a two-run double in the sixth inning to lift the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 7-5 victory over the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls and a doubleheader split Saturday afternoon at Mountain Lion Field.

    New Mexico Highlands (5-6) won the opener 13-4.

  • Lady Dons, Cardinals head to quarters

    Next stop: The Pit.

    West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons made their way to the Class 3A state basketball quarterfinals by doubling up Hatch Valley 60-30 on Friday before a mostly full Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Dons (25-4) will play Thoreau at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner getting a semifinal date with either No. 1 Portales or No. 9 St. Michael’s on Thursday. Including Tuesday’s games, the remainder of the 3A girls’ tourney will be held at University Arena (AKA The Pit) in Albuquerque.

    Thoreau beat Hot Springs 58-47 in another Friday playoff game.

  • Cowboys, three fellow RMAC schools tapped for NCAA tourney

     

  • Cardinal sluggers third in Cobre

    Nicholas Aragon and Luke Aragon earned spots on the all-tournament team Saturday in the Cobre Invitational after helping lead the Robertson baseball team to a third-place finish in the season-opening event.

    The Cardinals, now under the tutelage of new head coach Shannon Aragon, nipped Kirtland Central 2-1 in the third-place game on Saturday.

  • Luna trimming its spending

    Like every other state-funded agency in town, Luna Community College is having to cut back spending.

    Recently, the college put out a special edition of its newsletter, Luna Light, to focus on the impact of budget cuts.

  • County approves Pecos development

    The San Miguel County Commission last week approved a four-lot housing development in the Pecos area.

    The residential lots will be about two acres each, and the developer, Bonnie McGowan, will reserve 116 acres for open space — a portion of which would be used for hiking trails, gardens and stables.

    Several speakers during the commission’s meeting last week praised McGowan’s plans for the Hawk’s Landing subdivision.

    However, one nearby resident, M. Dolores White-Vigil, sent a letter to the commission opposing the proposed development.

  • As It Is: A surprising election

    Am I surprised that San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz handily beat two write-in opponents in last week’s mayoral election?

    No. It’s rare that a write-in candidate wins. Many mention how Republican Joe Skeen won as a write-in the 1980 congressional race in southern New Mexico. But he was only the third person in U.S. history to be elected as a write-in to Congress. And there were unusual circumstances — a divided Democratic opposition and no GOP candidate on the ballot.

  • Letter: Stale old system still going strong

    The recent arrest and release of a retired San Miguel County deputy on a DWI charge reminded me of a great lesson I learned in a geometry class at Robertson High School. I was a sophomore. We should have been going over the finer points of a parallelogram, but instead we were talking school politics.

  • School’s dress code questioned

    Andrea Lucero, the mother of Las Vegas City Schools students, says the district pays more attention to the dress code than education.

    She said one of her daughters spent a month in all-day detention at Memorial Middle School because of a lip ring. She said the daughter decided to keep her ring as a matter of principle; otherwise, Lucero said, the piercing would have closed up.

    “The dress code is ridiculous,” she said. “My daughter has been treated like a common criminal. It’s not like she beat someone up or brought drugs to school.”