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Today's News

  • No. 1 WLV downs SFIS

    Wednesday night, Jose Medina guarded his West Las Vegas team’s timeouts like they were precious jewels.

    Instead of using them every time Santa Fe Indian made a run and threatened to take over the game, Medina simply watched and waited, barking out instructions from the WLV sideline.

    It worked out fine. With few pauses in the action, the Lady Dons adjusted, never quite allowing the visiting Lady Braves to wrest control away in a 51-40 win at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Lady Dons keep top spot

    West still is best.

    The West Las Vegas Lady Dons remain the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A girls’ basketball, according to the latest New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll released Wednesday.

    The team received all first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and held sole possession of the top spot for the second consecutive week.

    The schedule gets tougher with the onset of the District 2-3A slate this week; WLV topped third-ranked Santa Fe Indian on Wednesday night and has a trip to Raton this weekend.

  • Editorial: Give Dodge a contract

    The lack of stability has hurt City Hall over the last dozen years. As such, the Las Vegas City Council has rightly placed continuity as one of its chief goals.

    Too often, petty politics has caused turnover in the city manager’s position. New mayors have come in, with the proverbial swagger intent on installing their loyalists. And that means employees have had to undergo new processes, new rules, new management styles at regular intervals.

  • East board opposes land swap

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has come out against the proposed land swap at White Peak, which is near Ocate.

    The board, led by  member Gabe Lucero, joins other opponents, including Gov. Bill Richardson, the San Miguel County Commission and area sportsmen groups.

    East board members contended that the proposed deal, pushed by Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, goes against the public interest and lines the pockets  of the recipients of the White Peak land.

  • Detective to run for sheriff

    Roy Pacheco, a detective with the Las Vegas Police Department, plans to run for San Miguel County sheriff.

    He announced that he will participate in the June 1 Democratic primary; candidates have to file in early March.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who is eligible to run for a second four-year term, is widely expected to enter the race as well. Pacheco is the first to an-nounce his candidacy.

    Pach-eco, 30, has been with the Police Department for 13 years, joining the force shortly after his high school graduation.

  • Senior Profile: We 'hear' you loud and clear

    A generalization holds that one learns by interacting with others -- listening, speaking, reading, but what if one cannot hear? We might conclude that being unable to use one of these modalities would result in a disability.

    Not necessarily.

    Take Las Vegas’ Clarence and Faye Falvey. They stress that deafness or being hard-of-hearing is not a handicap, but rather -- a difference. Both were born into hearing and speaking families.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A VISIT FROM A HERO. It’s not every day that Las Vegas gets an up-close look at one of the major participants in American history. On Sunday, Minnijean Brown-Trickey spoke at the United World College about her experiences as a member of the Little Rock Nine, the black students who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 under the protection of federal troops.

  • RHS teams sweep St. Mike's

    Say this about Josh Brito — the kid’s not afraid to take the big shot with the game on the line.

    Brito unleashed a running — almost diving — floater from the free-throw line Saturday night as time expired, and the basket broke a tie to give the Robertson Cardinals a 65-63 victory over District 2-3A nemesis St. Michael’s.

    To no one’s surprise, the game was a barn-burner, fitting a matchup between the third-ranked Horsemen and fifth-rated Cardinals.

  • Dons get first district victory

    Maybe these Dons are starting to put things together.

    Raton’s Derrick Valdez had just swished a three-pointer to cut West Las Vegas’ lead to 44-41 with 20 seconds remaining in Saturday’s District 2-3A boys’ basketball contest at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Four seconds later, Ambrosio Castellano gave West some breathing room. He drew a foul and hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game.

  • Letter: Always-leashed dogs a problem

    I recently had the opportunity to revisit Las Vegas and my wife and I got to spend 10 really nice days visiting friends who live in town. I again found many of the residents that I encountered to be friendly and welcoming.

    Since we drove out to New Mexico from Florida, I was able to take my beagle Izzy with us on the trip. I had many walks with her through town and was able to see many side streets not normally seen by tourists. What I saw in many instances disturbed me.