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Today's News

  • Dons battle but fall at Pojoaque

    In its 62-46 defeat of visiting West Las Vegas on Wednesday night at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, Pojoaque pumped its district record against Las Vegas teams to 2-0.

    But the outcome was far from certain early in the fourth quarter.

    Tomas Benavidez had just driven to the hoop and scored off a pass from Ambrosio Castellano to bring the Dons within 43-40, and West looked to have a little momentum on its side. Ryan Montoya answered for the Elks, but a bucket by T.J. Esquibel made it 46-42.

  • Cards pull away to win by 20

    Justin Bustos led all scorers with 22 points Wednesday evening as host Robertson jumped back into the District 2-3A race courtesy of a 85-65 thumping of Raton at Mike Marr Gym.

    Was the final score indicative of the Cardinals’ dominance?

    Yes and no, depending on what part of the game you examine.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... HISTORY RECORDED THROUGH ART.  Casa de Cultura, a local nonprofit organization and significant contributor to quality of life in Las Vegas, was awarded $15,000 by the city to create a mural on “The People’s History of Northern New Mexico.” The money will go for paneling and materials (though the total price tag is estimated at $25,000). The mural will be on the north end of the old Safeway parking lot at Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.

  • Woman accused in hit-and-run

    An Ojo Feliz woman is accused of running over another woman after they got into an argument at a Las Vegas bar, state police said.

    April Alcon, 21, was at the Inn of Las Vegas bar around 1 a.m. last Wednesday when she allegedly struck Christina Leyba with her car.

    Leyba appeared to have a compound fracture to her lower left leg, with a bone sticking out of her pants leg, according to a criminal complaint. She was taken to the hospital.

    Alcon was charged with aggravated battery, a second DWI offense and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

  • Police: Man threatens to kill officer

    A Las Vegas man who told a police officer that he would “blow your head off” is charged with a number of offenses.

    Dennis Martin Chavez, 46, 741 Dora Celeste, was put in jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond.

    According to a criminal complaint, state police were called to Chavez’s Dora Celeste house after his stepdaughter reported a domestic disturbance.

  • Don wrestlers 4th in Trinidad

    Helped by a couple of wrestlers who reached the championship matches in their weight classes, the West Las Vegas wrestling team snagged fourth place in the 12-team Trinidad Invitational over the weekend in Trinidad, Colo.

    Dumas (Texas) came out on top in the team standings amid a close battle among the top four teams. Dumas amassed 148 team points to edge La Junta (Colo.), 143; Trinidad, 142; and West Las Vegas, 141.

  • Letter: Don't blame it on secondhand smoke

    I have had it with all the reports blaming secondhand cigarette smoke for all the illnesses of mankind. Most of my patients who smoked died from old age and nothing else. People need to take a good long look at all the damage caused from radiation contamination. It is in the air we are breathing.

    You can see cigarette smoke, you can’t see radiation fallout. The government will not tell you the truth as to what we are breathing in our air. Look at all the illness caused from radiation contamination.

    Blame it all on a cigarette? I don’t think so.

  • Editorial: Keep road for public

    Daniel Garcia, who lives near El Pueblo, contends that the county took his road without his family’s consent decades ago. And now he’s fighting to get it back.

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission heard his request to abandon one mile of B41-E, which he said had been in his family for generations.

    In October, the commission had granted his request, but officials found out that they hadn’t given proper notice to all nearby residents. So the commission decided to reconsider the issue.

  • Work of Art: Who was the fattest knight?

    Remember the fun we had two years ago with the letters on the marquee at the off-again, off-again running of the Serf Theater?

    To review: Some time after the airing of “No Country for Old Men,” the management had a showing of “In Her Shoes,” starring Cameron Diaz. It was a flick my wife Bonnie and I practically slept through. The first rule of movie-watcherdom is to have a person we can admire, whom we can identify with, but in this movie, there were none. But I’m not a movie critic, so back to the marquee.

  • State police plan new station

    The state police are planning a new local station on a hilltop on the east side of town.

    The new building would be on the northeast corner of South Commerce Street and N.M. Highway 104, just across from KFUN Hill. When the police station is completed, officers will move out of the old one.

    The current station is at Second Street and Mills Avenue; state police officials have said that the new site will give them immediate response to emergencies on Interstate 25, the busiest highway in the area.