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Today's News

  • Big bench play helps Highlands roll Regis

    Balanced scoring and superior bench productivity enabled host New Mexico Highlands to neutralize Matt Rosinski, Regis’ big gun, in an 86-68 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball win Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowboys salvaged a weekend split after having lost to nationally ranked Metro State by a 97-79 margin Friday.

    NMHU (9-6 overall, 3-4 RMAC) and coach Joe Harge host Mesa State and Western State this Friday and Saturday to continue the homestand.

  • Judge lowers suspect's bond

    A state district judge last week lowered the bond for a man accused of killing another in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

    Richard Baca, 21, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter, had been in jail on a $1 million bond. But after arguments from both the state and defense, District Judge Eugenio Mathis reduced that amount to $100,000.

    Baca is also barred from entering San Miguel County, except for court appearances, the judge ruled. Baca is to stay with his grandmother in Los Lunas, which is south of Albuquerque.

  • Las Vegas gets new interim attorney

    Longtime local attorney David Romero is the city’s new interim attorney, a job he has had before.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously voted to approve Mayor Tony Marquez’s recommendation of Romero as the attorney. Romero has served as the city attorney in Las Vegas and other New Mexico towns, including Santa Rosa.

  • Armijo's late bucket lifts Cowgirls

    Jessica Armijo’s 10-foot jump shot with 17 seconds left broke a 64-64 tie and nudged New Mexico Highlands toward a 67-65 victory over Regis on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    With this, their second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win of the season, the Cowgirls have now doubled last season’s win total within league play. The outcome also pushed NMHU to the .500 mark at 7-7 overall. Coach Tiffany Darling and her team are 2-5 in the RMAC with Mesa State and Western State coming to town this weekend.

  • Letter: Recycling program needs improving

    If the city of Las Vegas wishes to promote a recycling program, the receiving site does little to encourage people.

    There have been few times in the last several years when bins have not been overflowing and cans, newspapers and plastic containers scattered around. I have made numerous trips to the office of the city manager to register my concern.

  • County still works on wind farm rules

    San Miguel County continues to work on updating its ordinance regulating wind farms, and officials promise that the public will be fully involved in that process.

    Last week, County Manager Les Montoya asked the County Commission about the next step the county should take with its efforts. The commissioners generally agreed that the county should continue to have a task force continue working on the ordinance.

    No applications are pending for wind turbines, but Chicago-based Invenergy LLC has expressed an interest in building a wind farm in the Bernal area.

  • Letter: Obama still hasn't ended torture

    Now that President Obama has ended his first year in office, it is time to evaluate. As human rights activists, we were hopeful that the president would bring change to U.S. foreign policy regarding the “war on terror,” Guantanamo Bay and torture, but his actions have fallen way short.

  • As It Is: Low-profile lawmakers

    Last week, state Rep. Eleanor Chavez, D-Albuquerque, wrote on Facebook that she held a town hall with her constituents. She said they told her they opposed a food tax and education cuts, wanted to close corporate loopholes and pushed reform of the tax structure.

    She said she walked away impressed.

    Wait a minute. State lawmakers hold town halls?

    Apparently, some do. Our lawmakers held one at Luna Community College in the summer, but they haven’t held one in the months leading up to the annual legislative session, which starts this week.

  • Dons fifth in Dexter tourney

    Tomas Benavidez scored 14 points and Ambrosio Castellano tallied 13 for West Las Vegas, helping the Dons to a 51-42 win over Cloudcroft Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Dexter Invitational.

    It was an uplifting weekend for the West boys, who bounced back from a 79-64 opening round loss to Hagerman to win their last two games. The Dons defeated Hot Springs 64-52 on Friday, reaching the consolation final.

    On Saturday, WLV built a modest early lead on Cloudcroft and began to pull away in the second quarter, taking a 31-22 halftime lead.

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  • Mil Gracias letter

    The West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School would like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and people for their donations and support in helping to make our winter concert and winter festivities a success:  Walgreens, Community First Bank, Elks Lodge, Walmart, Christine Ludi, Rep. and Mrs. Richard Vigil and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Vigil Jr.

    Becky Gallegos

    Principal

    Valley Elementary and Middle School