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Today's News

  • Dulcey Amargo: Winter Idyll or idle winter?

    I don’t mean to wax poetic, but I just can’t help it, as that is a good part of my particular discipline. What I really want is to dispel some of the outright inconvenience that I have opted for as a rural dweller by choice.

    My headlined allusion to Whittier’s “Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyll” can be taken “romantically,” as the definition of idyll suggests — a nostalgic work describing a pleasant rural scene or homey setting. Well, that depends …

  • Cowgirls upset Wolves

    Modest runs of 5-0 and 8-0 paved the way to one of the Highlands Cowgirls’ finest wins in recent history Tuesday for Senior Night at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls surprised defending league champion Colorado State-Pueblo 62-49 to improve to 10-13 overall and 4-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CSUP (15-9, 11-5) stays on track for a postseason run, but it was a feel-good night for coach Tiffany Darling and a Highlands team that has come a long way in a year.

  • Police: Man died after being stabbed

    A man accused of killing his brother apparently was drinking with the victim the night of the murder when they got into a fight, police say.

    Joseph J. Maestas is charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of his brother, Michael L. Maestas, 55.

    It’s the first murder of the year in Las Vegas.  

  • Hoops season to finish with East-West

    For those who love the Robertson-West Las Vegas athletic rivalry, there could be no better way to end the regular season.

    East-West clashes in boys’ basketball (Friday night at Mike Marr Gym) and girls’ basketball (Saturday evening at Gillie Lopez Gym) will bring the curtain down on the regular season this weekend.

    On paper, at least, there are clear favorites.

    Robertson’s boys’ team, led by coach David Bustos, is rated seventh in 3A, 16-7 and 4-4 in district going into Thursday night’s game with No. 3 Santa Fe Indian.

  • Senior Profile: Caring, curing and carrying on

    They’ve devoted a lifetime to the care of others and each other. John Sketchley Moore and Edith Turner Moore, pharmacist and nurse, respectively, have more than related professions to explain their almost 61 years’ close-knit relationship.

    One cannot miss the unspoken communication between the two — a good-hearted smirk from John, a quick glance and softening of facial features into a sweet smile from Edith — no doubt about it, there’s something special here.

  • Jones the all-time winningest coach

    New Mexico Highlands University head baseball coach Steve Jones has broken the All-Time wins record for the NMHU baseball program — and in doing so, became the winningest coach in NMHU history.

    Jones earned his 385th win on  Feb. 14 as his Cowboys defeated Hardin Simmons University by a final score of 16-3.

    Jones now has a career record of 385-294 with a .567 winning percentage in his 13 years at the helm of the Cowboy baseball program, which also makes him the fastest to reach 385 wins in school history.

  • Senator wants 'super board of regents'

    Highlands University President Jim Fries says there are a number of legislative initiatives being proposed that could affect higher education, including replacing boards of regents at state colleges with a single board.

    “Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, does plan to submit some form of a bill that would move us toward a Super Board of Regents that would basically replace the individual board of regents at New Mexico universities with a single statewide board of regents, probably with nine to 11 members,” Fries said.

  • Work of Art: Ever try a Murphey's malt?

    The news that Community First Bank plans to move part of its operation to the Crocket Building has drawn attention.

    Will the move itself revitalize downtown Las Vegas? We can hope. Irrespective of that, it’s great the bank’s owners, Ray and Joyce Litherland, chose to keep the bank downtown.

  • Mentor of the Month: Local woman taught thousands of Las Vegans

    During her 46 years of teaching, Margie Seay-Maez most likely had you or someone you know in class.

    She taught well over 6,000 Las Vegas students during her long career.

    Seay-Maez can truly say that she has touched the future, having influenced district judges, doctors, nurses, lawyers, scientists, college professors, teachers, school administrators, past and present city mayors.

    “I taught 16 different subjects over the years,” Seay-Maez said. “I always liked teaching different subjects; it’s more exciting that way.”

  • Police look into man's death

    Las Vegas police are investigating the death of a Las Vegas man.

    Michael L. Maestas, 55, was found dead outside of his home at 922 Railroad Ave. early Monday morning.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said his department has arrested Maestas’ brother, Joseph “JoJo” Maestas, in connection with the death.

    Gold wouldn’t provide any other details, saying charges are pending with the district attorney’s office. It wasn’t clear exactly where the killing occurred. Police taped off the area around the house as well as the entire block.