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Today's News

  • Editorial: Fiesta Council turns petty

    The Fiesta Council acts as if it has no problems. Yet it botched this year’s event schedule, turned in a late permit to the city, forgot to ask for an appropriation from the city and hasn’t produced a financial report in months.

    Instead of dealing with these shortcomings, the council has unfairly aimed its fire at 2009 Fiesta queen Carmela Montoya. This barrage has been an embarrassment — not for Montoya but for every one of the Fiesta Council members (and to an extent, our community).

  • Council members raises constituents complaints

    Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron brought up a list of specific complaints from constituents at last week’s City Council meeting, which didn’t please some of her colleagues.

    Among the problems was a drainage issue and a weed complaint.

    Councilwoman Diane Moore said such matters should go through city employee Teresa Duran, whose job is to log and track such complaints.

    “She’ll take care of a majority of those issues,” City Manager Timothy Dodge said.

  • West XC shines at Manzano

    Good pack times helped West Las Vegas take a pair of top 10 finishes in this past weekend’s Manzano Invitational cross country meet in Albuquerque.

    West’s girls placed sixth and the boys 10th in a field loaded with Duke City schools and several other notable teams.

    “We ran pretty good; the competition was good,” said WLV coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo.

  • East ponders tax hike

    The superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools agrees with the county treasurer that property taxes for east-side residents will increase dramatically.

    That’s to pay for a school district bond issue that funds building improvements.

    Last week, San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz announced to the County Commission that residents in the Las Vegas City Schools district would see their tax rates increase by 30 percent. For example, a household that paid $900 in taxes last year would have to fork out nearly $1,200 this year.

  • HU women's soccer ties Metro

    Tying an opponent is supposed to be akin to kissing your sister. You don’t get much out of it.

    That’s not the case, though, for the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team, which forged a 1-1 tie with Metro State College of Denver — the No. 3 ranked team in NCAA Division II — on Sunday at Perkins Stadium.

    Going the distance with the third-ranked team in the country? A tie feels pretty good to the Cowgirls.

  • Cardinals give six-game skid the boot

    Seven was the lucky number for Clarence Montoya and his Robertson Cardinals soccer team.

    In the seventh match of the season Monday afternoon at Questa, the team broke a season-opening losing skid with an emphatic 10-0 romp that just may signal good times ahead.

    “It was over pretty quick,” Montoya said Monday night. “We had played well vs. Goddard (a 3-2 loss Saturday in Roswell), and the boys were ready to play.”

    Keen Martinez scored twice in that match, which Robertson led until “about 18 minutes to go,” Montoya said.

  • Work of Art: Addicted to BlackBerries

    Trying to catch a few winks after a particularly long, bumpy flight from Copenhagen to Minneapolis, on an airport bench specifically designed to prevent waiting passengers from snoozing, I grew annoyed at somebody.

    So did hundreds of drained passengers trying to cop a few zees, while a man with a bellicose voice prevented any slumbering.

    Let me explain:

  • Cowgirl spikers hit roadblock

    The Cowgirl volleyball team got a taste of the competitiveness in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this past weekend, traveling to the East Division to begin RMAC play. New Mexico Highlands came home having won one set out of their three matches.

  • Lady Cards take 2nd in Pecos

    Kaitlyn Hutchinson won her second race in as many weeks Saturday, leading her Robertson girls’ cross country team to another runner-up finish.

    This weekend the venue was the Pecos Panther Invitational.

    Hutchinson completed the course in 18 minutes and 19 seconds to take first in the girls’ varsity race. The RHS senior also won a week earlier in Taos.

    Robertson’s Alexis DeVries and Karleen Montaño ran close together to finish eighth and ninth individually with times of 19:30 and 19:40.

  • RHS student faces drug charges

    An 18-year-old Robertson High School student is suspected of dealing drugs.

    Around 1:30 a.m. Sept. 2, city police Lt. Lawrence O’Connor was called to the 1100  block of Columbia Street because of a reported disturbance, according to a police affidavit. When he got there, he saw two cars in the roadway, one of which was a Nissan Pathfinder with its driver’s side door open.

    When O’Connor walked up to the Nissan, he noticed two baggies of marijuana in plain view on the driver’s seat, the affidavit states.