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Today's News

  • Work of Art: Grand Avenue in the '50s

    The construction that made Grand Avenue a true four-lane highway took place in the early ‘50s. Traffic got routed through Railroad Avenue and even New Mexico Avenue during the several months that improvements took place.

    This month, a $4.4 million project began on the same stretch of road. The news of the project has sparked memories about the major job some 60 years ago.

    Before the ‘50s project, the pavement covered only two lanes, the rest being dirt and gravel, and even the slightest sprinkle of rain managed to get cars stuck.

  • Tears shed for West graduate at remembrance service

    During a remembrance ceremony at West Las Vegas’ gym on Friday, family and friends of Mariah J. Arguello said she was a happy, funny, spirited girl, and the light of their lives. Arguello, 18, a 2009 West Las Vegas High School graduate, was killed shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 25 near San Juan, as she was driving back to Las Vegas. The other driver, Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe, was also killed.

  • Second DWI slipped through the cracks

    State police suspected that Cecilio Jaramillo may have been drinking and driving when he struck another car head on last week on Interstate 25. Both he and the other driver, 18-year-old Mariah Arguello of Las Vegas, died.  While it’s clear that Jaramillo was convicted of his first DWI in 2004, it appears that his second alleged offense in 2007 fell through the cracks.  Las Vegas police Officer Clarence Romero filed the DWI charge against Jaramillo in early January 2007.

  • Children's author draws a crowd

    New York Times bestselling author, artist and illustrator Jan Brett made a stop in Las Vegas on Saturday, pulling up to West Las Vegas High School in her shinny tour bus.  About 300 people waited her arrival.  Brett said she enjoys traveling by bus, because it gives her the freedom to stop at places off the beaten path from the average author tour.

  • Field Day: West Invitational

    The Frank Herrera Complex officially unveiled its new all-weather track for a first competition on Saturday.  As it turned out, the “all-weather” part was put to an immediate test. Saturday saw brisk breezes chill the early morning, when the West Las Vegas Track and Field Invitational began. This was followed by smatterings of light rain and even snowfall, interspersed with fleeting periods of sunshine and relative warmth.

  • Veterans project under way

    Renovation of the old armory on Douglas Avenue has begun, and local officials hope to make it a center for veterans. The armory, which is next to the Las Vegas City Schools administration building, was severely damaged in a fire in 1993.

  • Highlands' teams split

    New Mexico Highlands split the first half of a series in baseball and softball over the weekend in Nebraska. Friday at Nebraska-Kearney, Jason Carr smashed two home runs to help the 12th-ranked Cowboys (19-6, 9-3) break the host Lopers’ eight-game win streak 9-6.

  • Letter: A nationwide crisis in our schools

    I’m sure you’ve seen and read many news reports lately regarding the crisis our schools are facing nationally and locally. The lack of money to support our current educational system is most often the major concern. Approximately $98 billion in stimulus funding was provided states to support education throughout the nation. New Mexico also received support from the stimulus monies. When the stimulus monies run out this next year, some states are projecting a meltdown of schools and universities.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I am writing this thank you letter to the people of  Las Vegas who have kept me in their prayers. I suffered a number of strokes and have cancer (in remission) and a terrible fall which required a number of procedures from Dr. Mario Leyba and Dr. Salman Malik. I wish to thank these wonderful doctors and their staff, Cynthia Ridgeway and Frances Morales, for their care and professionalism. Thank you also to Dr.

  • As It Is: Endorsement's effect unclear

    Last week, San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia ran an advertisement in our newspaper. In it, she announced that her four colleagues on the commission had endorsed her re-election bid.