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Today's News

  • Dresses, tuxes for students

    Leah Lucero says no teenager should miss their prom night for lack of a dress or tuxedo.

    “No one should have to sit at home on prom night, so I thought if we asked for donations of prom attire, whether it’s dresses, suits, or accessories, we could organize a prom closet. It’s also a good way to get the community involved in one of the biggest school functions of the year,” Lucero said.

    Lucero said she originally brought up the idea at Key Club, where she is  president. But members already had another project in mind.

  • Testimony: Official circulated petition

    The second in command at the Las Vegas City Schools asked her subordinates to support her husband, a former Robertson High School teacher accused of having sex repeatedly with a student, according to testimony last week.

    Some of the information about a petition circulated by Quintana came out during a preliminary hearing last week. At the hearing’s end, a magistrate judge sent the case against Quintana’s husband, Jay Quintana, to

    District Court for a trial.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Las Vegas Branch of the American Association of University Women wishes to thank the citizens of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Women’s Club, Chapter H of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, Donnelly Library and Tome on the Range for their contributions of new and used books and other media to our annual Book Sale. Without your help and support, we would not have been so successful.

  • Ortiz is the new mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz won in a landslide over two write-in opponents in the mayor’s race on Tuesday.

    He prevailed with 1,537 votes, or 70 percent. Patrick Romero got 388 votes (18 percent), while Daniel Holguin finished last with 294 votes (13 percent).

    In Ward 1, Tonita Gurule-Giron won with 257 votes, or 34 percent, beating longtime former City Councilman Macario Gonzalez, who received 219 votes, or 29 percent. Roland Medrano came in third with 209 votes, or 28 percent, and Bruce McAllister fourth with 72, or 10 percent.

  • Pecos slips past Mora in girls' district finale

    Friday night Mora hosted the girls district basketball tournament in the Mora High School gym. This was the scene of an exciting game but after hard playing Mora Rangerettes lost to the Pecos Lady Panthers with the ending score being a close 50-47 in favor of Pecos.

     At the end of the first quarter they were tied 8-8. Mora fell behind in the second quarter with Pecos edging the Rangerettes 19-15.

    Mora rallied in the third quarter with 15 points to Pecos’ seven.

  • Letter: Now isn’t the time for Pecos bond

      ... The Pecos School District illegally used Pecos students to handout the bond pamphlets at the homecoming game. Using students to campaign for political purposes is against the law.  The Pecos School District just recently built two new administrative buildings that cost close to $1 million; however, the monies used to build these administrative offices could have been re-appropriated to accommodate the students’ needs.  The Pecos School District is trying to pass a bond for $5.1 million.

  • State tournaments open this weekend

    West Las Vegas senior Linda Esquibel learned this week she’s the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Now she’s hoping the scholarship is a good omen for herself and her fellow Lady Dons, who open the Class 3A girls’ state tournament at home 7 p.m. Friday against Hatch Valley.

    West (24-4), coached by Jose Medina and his staff, is the No. 4 seed in the tournament; Hatch the No. 13 seed. This is the teams’ first meeting this season.

  • Mayor averts controversy

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who has had a penchant for controversy in his two years at the helm, averted one in his final days.

    Marquez, who didn’t run for re-election, had scheduled a City Council meeting for this evening, a day after the municipal election.

    But he decided Tuesday not to hold it after all.

    That was after two council members had said they wouldn’t attend, contending it should be left to the new governing body. Another member said he would have gone in protest.

  • Editorial: An unusual negotiation

    Imagine the following scenario: Bob has a for-sale sign on his Ford pickup truck. A stranger is looking it over, seemingly interested.

    “What will you pay for my truck?” Bob asks the man.

    “I’ll give you $3,000,” the stranger responds.

    “No, that’s too much. I’ll sell it to you for $2,000,”the seller says.

    Say what?

  • Mora runner signs with HU

    “Hard work usually yields positive results,” wrote Mora High School cross country standout Henrique Chavez in the scholarship essay he recently authored.

    Chavez’s own diligence has helped land him a scholarship on the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country team. The Mora senior recently signed his letter of intent to attend — and run for — NMHU.