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Today's News

  • Vatos fall to stout Texas-El Paso side

    In their 24-7 loss to a good Division 2 El Paso-UTEP Rugby Club (3-0) last Saturday in Perkins Stadium, the Division 3 NMHU Vatos (1-3) were again shown the level of rugby that they will need to be competitive at the national level next spring.

    The Vatos won the second half and missed numerous scoring options through poor decisions and inexperience, said adviser Dick Greene.

    Sophomore captain Estavan “Guapo” Martinez from Mora was “Man of the Match.”

  • Letter:: Mil Gracias

    The Cleveland Millfest this past Labor Day weekend was highly successful and possibly the best attended ever. We would like to thank the many people in the community who helped make this possible, including the Mora County Sheriff’s department, the participants, and not least, the folks who sponsored this event.

  • Jose Campos seeks high office

    Jose Campos is one of several Democratic candidates for New Mexico’s lieutenant governor, but he is the only one from outside the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas.

    Campos is the mayor of Santa Rosa and a state representative, and he has been visiting Las Vegas frequently to gather local support for his campaign.

  • Mayor won't allow attorney debate

    Two Las Vegas City Council members wanted the city to consider the idea of having an in-house city attorney.

    But Mayor Tony Marquez apparently doesn’t want to talk about it.

    The members, Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore, requested that the attorney issue be on the agenda for next week’s council meeting. But the mayor rejected their request late last week.  

    Marquez didn’t return a message for comment.

  • Police seek to nail down motive

    City police are trying to determine the motivation behind a recent killing on Chavez Street, an area that officials say has been a hot spot for crime.

    Louie Bena-videz, 54, of Las Vegas, is charged with an open count of murder in connection with the killing of Kevin Duran, 32, 814 Chavez St.

    On the night of Sept. 25, Duran was fatally shot outside his house. Police Chief Gary Gold said his officers have heard that Benavidez and Duran were cousins, but they haven’t confirmed that information.

  • As It Is: A way to muzzle criticism?

    During every regular meeting, the Las Vegas City Council allows residents to speak up about public issues. Each person gets up to five minutes.

    Some speakers are regulars, including North Gonzales Street resident Lalo Sanchez. In the spring of 2008, he started coming before the council regularly to air his frustrations with how sewer rates are calculated. He also has spoken frequently about the need for speed bumps on Gonzales and loud stereos in cars. And he has criticized the Police Department for its lack of enforcement of the laws.

  • Barn dance to help local organization

    It’s time to kick up your heels at the annual Ride to Pride barn dance set for Friday Oct. 16, at the Night Owl.

    Organizers are pumped up about the benefit dinner, dance and auction, which will feature a Western theme that includes a chuck-wagon dinner catered by Lee Daniels, a theater performance, a barn dance with live music by The Bill Hearne Trio, and a silent and live auction with many items.  

  • Builder: School will last long time

    Jim Franken, whose family’s company built Sierra Vista Elementary School two decades ago, disagrees that it should be on any list for demolition.

    “It sounds like they’re going to burn the house down to get rid of the rats,” Franken said of talk that Sierra Vista needs replacement. “Tearing it down to build a new school is ridiculous.”

  • Letter: City protects itself from its citizens?

    I attended a neighborhood meeting recently. At that meeting, those in attendance expressed thoughts, ideas and concerns. City Manager Tim Dodge spoke to us about his appreciation for how passionate we are and how much we love our city. He spoke of a master plan for the city, which, in a nutshell, consists of listening to needs and providing the community with sufficient services.

  • On the road again for Vegas teams

    The challenging schedule continues for the Robertson High football team, which visits Ruidoso on Friday night.

    Ruidoso (2-2) has played a pretty tough schedule of its own. Coach Kief Johnson’s Warriors own wins over Roswell (18-6) and Hot Springs (27-13), with losses to Socorro (47-20) and Hatch Valley (27-16, last week in Hatch). None of the teams is a lightweight; Roswell is out of Class 4A, and the other three are typically in the Class 3A state playoff mix.