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Today's News

  • Hometown Heroes: School comes first for young musician

    Las Vegan Savannah Lujan has won many music awards and has taken part in pageants. But her parents say school comes first.

    The West Las Vegas Middle School seventh-grader won the Youth Artist of the Year and Youth Song of the Year at the 2008 New Mexico Hispanic Music Awards.

    Her parents, John and Paula, said she remains grounded.

    “During the school year, her mommy and I want Savannah to concentrate on her school work and school activities. We just want her to be a little girl — the music will always be there,” John said.

  • Work of Art: A two-bit effort

    One can almost see and hear them now: Louella, Patsy, Angela, Louise, Dolores and Julie leading a cheer. These cheerleaders for Immaculate Conception School went through the motions as they shouted:

    “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for the Colts, stand up and holler.” They chanted that way back in the ‘50s.

  • Ex-UWC student pleads to sex assault

    A former United World College student who recently pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting another is now going to college in Massachusetts.

    Tabias O. Wilson, 19, was accused of one count of criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony.

    In a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Wilson will be on probation for three years. He will not be deemed convicted of the crime if he follows the terms of the agreement. He will not be listed as a sex offender.

  • Girl reported missing

    Kassandra Herrera, 15, a ninth-grader at Robertson High School, has been reported missing.

    Her mother, Ramona Herrera, said she was last seen when she left her off at Robertson at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

    Herrera is five feet, six inches, 189 pounds, and has black hair with blond streaks, and brown eyes.

    To provide information on her whereabouts, call the Police Department at 425-7504 or Ramona Herrera at 718-8209.

  • Editorial: West's good idea

    When Saturday detention is discussed, the movie, “Breakfast Club,” comes to mind. The characters in that movie got into some mischief when the teacher left, but they found they had much in common, even though they hailed from different cliques at the school.

    We hope that teachers will have more control at the planned Saturday school at West Las Vegas Middle School. The school board recently approved this idea; we credit West for moving forward with this.

  • Letter: Why not Medicare for everyone?

    My experience of Medicare corresponds to that of Glenn Yocum (Sept. 11 letter) and Jim Peters (Sept. 21 letter). Medicare is a government-run health care insurance program that works well for a substantial portion of the population. Why not extend it to everyone? That is the intention of Congressman John Conyers’ bill (HR 676), which is supported by Congressman Ben Ray Luján, for which we are grateful.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cards, Dons both victorious

    Fortune smiled down on the Meadow City’s high school football teams over the weekend. The college team, meanwhile, is still waiting for a break.

    Robertson sophomore fullback blasted his way across the goal line for a go-ahead touchdown with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation on Friday night, giving the Cardinals a come-from-behind win at Ruidoso.

    In a game that saw both defenses yield but ultimately hold scoring to a minimum, the host Warriors took a 7-0 advantage at halftime.

    Ruidoso led much of the game and held a 7-6 edge late in the fourth quarter.

  • West makes position clear

    The state had already rejected Luna Community College’s idea for a charter school.

    But the West Las Vegas school board enacted a resolution against the school anyway.

    The resolution puts the district on record as opposing any attempt by Luna to resurrect the idea of the Luna Charter Academy.

    The resolution states, “It is not in the district’s best interest to authorize the development of the Luna Community College Charter School, especially due to the possibility of its negatively impacting the district enrollment and funding.”

  • Torres takes women's golf tourney

    Dodie Torres wrapped up a strong September with a victory in the Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association mini-tournament Sept. 30 in town.

    Torres also had the most birdies among the association players in September, reported Judy Long.  

    The honor for fewest putts in September play went to Merlyn Gonzales, and Marie Montoya won the non-golfers prize at the association’s monthly luncheon, also held Sept. 30.  Long described it as “a windy but fun day.”

  • Man accused of breaking into Dick's

    City police officers often respond to false alarms, but nothing was false about an alarm at Dick’s Liquors last week.

    Police responded to a burglar alarm around 4 a.m. last Tuesday at the restaurant and bar. One officer went to the front and one to the back.

    The one in back found an open door on the bottom floor, and he saw a man running away from him, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    The officer, Lt. Juan Montaño, chased after the man on foot a block or two. The man jumped a fence, but Montaño captured him, Gold said.