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Today's News

  • Cards' memorable ride ends

    Turnovers and inaccurate shooting doomed Robertson in a 70-51 defeat to Santa Fe Indian in the Class 3A boys’ quarterfinals Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson, which improved from a district also-ran to a 19-10 contender in David Bustos’ second season, figures to have much of its young team back next season.

    But on Wednesday, perhaps youthful inexperience hurt the Cardinals — which lost two key guards over the course of the campaign.

  • Judge to run again

    Philip Romero, a local Magistrate Court judge for the last 14 years, plans to run for another four-year term.

    He will compete in the June 1 Democratic primary. The only other announced Democratic candidate for Romero’s position is Ruth Trujillo, a paralegal.

    “I would like to continue to serve the people as magistrate judge,” Romero said. “I promise to answer to my obligations in making fair and honest decisions.”

  • Outlaws in Year 3

    The Las Vegas Outlaws — a collection of local gridiron talent competing as part of the New Mexico Premier Football League — opened its third season this past Sunday, falling 6-0 to the New Mexico Wolfpack in a rugged defensive battle at Perkins Stadium.

    Doug McDaniel hit Andrew Shock for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 4:34 left, providing the only points of the blustery afternoon. The Outlaws threatened early but fumbled the ball away just a few yards from paydirt.

  • West class sizes questioned

    A Union Elementary parent wants to know why classes at Union are so much bigger than those at Don Cecilio Elementary.

    The answer: Union is more popular with parents.

    Still, an official said the district plans to better balance out student numbers by classroom next school year.

    During a question-and-answer session at Union Elementary last week, as part of special meeting of the West Las Vegas school board, parent Betsy Sanchez wanted to know why some classes at Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary have as few as eight students.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I would like to thank both the members of the Las Vegas Fire Department and Gallinas Fire Department  for all the help they gave me while I was in need of heart surgery. Also, thanks to everyone who contributed toward my cause.

    Everything was greatly appreciated. I went through my heart surgery and am doing well. Thank you again.

    Frank Lovato

    Las Vegas

  • Lawyer mum on charter position

    The Las Vegas city attorney declined to say Wednesday whether he believed local voters passed a new charter, which is the city’s constitution.

    But the city manager didn’t hesitate to give his opinion: The voters passed it.

    Last week, 56 percent of voters voted for the new charter. But some, including former City Attorney Danelle Smith, have argued since the election that a super-majority of 60 percent was required for passage.

  • City manager gets a contract

    With the new mayor breaking a tie, the City Council on Wednesday voted to give the city manager a three-year contract.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge, a Santa Rosa native, will get $95,000 a year, which is what he has been making since the city hired him last spring. Dodge will be able to get increases of 1 to 5 percent a year, based on the council’s evaluations of his performance.

    In another decision, the council voted unanimously to hire interim City Attorney Dave Romero for the permanent position. He’ll make $100,000 a year.

  • Las Vegas man gets 15 years

    In an emotional hearing Monday afternoon, the Las Vegas man accused of killing a 6-year-old girl was sentenced to the maximum of 15 years in prison.

    David Levi Chavez, 22, was convicted by a jury in Santa Rosa last year of second-degree murder in the 2008 death of Jasmine Garcia, who had graduated from kindergarten weeks before her killing.

    Chavez must serve 85 percent of his sentence, District Attorney Richard Flores said. The state Department of Corrections has the authority to knock off 15 percent of the prison sentence for good behavior.

  • Cowgirl softball wins UCCS series

    Before this past weekend, it had been a while since the New Mexico Highlands softball team won a four-game series with Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals.

    But with 7-1 and 7-5 wins in day two of a two-day, four-game set at Colorado-Colorado Springs, the Cowgirls and coach Shellie Broyles put an end to that drought.

    NMHU, now 7-6 overall and 3-1 in the RMAC, continues league play at home this weekend, hosting Colorado School of Mines on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Cowboys to face Vikings

    For the first time in school history, New Mexico Highlands University’s men’s basketball team will play in the NCAA Division II tournament this coming weekend.

    Highlands (20-10) was awarded the No. 6 seed in the Central Region and will play No. 3 seed Augustana College, S.D., in the opening round Saturday on the campus of Minnesota State-Mankato.