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Today's News

  • Garcia, Graham pace Cowgirl tracksters

    Led by strong individual performances from distance runner Carolina Garcia and All-American Angella Graham, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team  came away with a third-place finish in the Colorado State-Pueblo Invitational April 15-17 in Pueblo.

    NMHU joined 20 teams from throughout the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains for the meet. Teams from as far north as the Dakotas as well as Wyoming and Nebraska attended the chilly 42-degree meet at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl Stadium and Throws complex.

  • Letter: A defining time for the area

    What happened to the “balance” in the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Task Force?

  • Noted teacher leaving West

    West Las Vegas music director Arnell David Arellanes was recently among a group of 15 teachers nationwide who were recognized at the national level in their respective fields.

    Now he’s leaving the school district.

    With a steady stream of recognition at the local, state and national levels, Arellanes has become a well-known and sought-after music director, He has announced that he has signed a contract with the private school, Sandia Prep, in Albuquerque.

  • Rugby lights up the Perk

    The Vatos’ home finale of the spring season was long on action if short on victories for the home side, entertaining spectators at Perkins Stadium this past Saturday.

    “We had a good weekend of rugby,” said Vatos adviser Dick Greene, noting the full afternoon of activity. In addition to Vatos matchups with Clovis and the always-tough Albuquerque Aardvarks, those teams played each other, and there were a couple of high school contests as well.

    Game 1:

  • NMHU gets 4th RMAC sweep

    The New Mexico Highlands Cowboys completed their fourth series sweep of the season against a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent over the weekend, beating Colorado Christian 5-4 and 13-2 on Sunday in Lakewood, Colo.

    Highlands (32-6 overall, 22-3 RMAC) had beaten the Cougars 22-3 in Friday’s series opener. CCU fell to 12-31, 9-17.

  • Official back at work

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia, who is facing a felony charge in connection with a bar fight last week, is back on the job.

    Garcia, 44, was placed on paid administrative leave last week after city police responded to a fight at Legers bar late the night of April 13.

    According to police, witnesses reported that Garcia struck another bar patron with a beer bottle, and the two men fell into a booth while Garcia continued to hit the other man.

  • Mentor of the Month: Teacher advises award-winning group

    West Las Vegas Middle School teacher and coach Brian Gurule has been watching his kids succeed for 13 years. He says that’s what makes him happy.

    “I want to see them succeed and teach them that there is more to this world. I want them to experience the knowledge and insights one gets from travel. Many of our students have never traveled outside of New Mexico,” Gurule said.

  • Woman's charges dismissed

    An employee of the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been cleared of child abuse charges.

    Justina Romero, 28, of Las Vegas had faced three counts of child abandonment or abuse of children. But a magistrate judge earlier this month dismissed those charges.

    The judge, John Sanchez, determined there wasn’t enough evidence to send the case to trial in state District Court.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The staff and students of Legion Park Elementary School would like to thank Hacienda and Gamble’s for their generous loan of a combined 200 brown-paper shopping bags. In celebration of upcoming Earth Day, the students colored each bag with a picture of what they love most about our planet (and, on some, a heartfelt message to us adults to save it for them). These bags have been given back to each store for distribution during the month of April.

  • Longtime sportscaster dies

    Bernie Allingham, who delivered live radio broadcasts of Las Vegas high school sports for decades, died early Saturday after an extended battle with cancer.

    Allingham, initially hired by longtime friend and former KFUN-KLVF station manager Dennis Mitchell, developed into an icon of northern New Mexico sports broadcasting. He was known for his gravelly voice, easy familiarity with local athletes and proficiency in live coverage.