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Today's News

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Mora Community Academy of Social, Science and Math program would like to express its gratitude to all the supporters who have donated monetary resources. The academy is developed for the Mora Independent Schools Elementary students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.  It is a program designed to introduce children to math and science in an interesting, fun and hands-on approach. Our goal is to pique young students’ interests by exposing them to the vast fields in science and math.

  • Weekend Roundup: Cowboys, Cowgirls win at home

    Robertson alumnus Justin “Mayo” Montoya scored 12 points in 17 minutes Saturday, becoming one of six Cowboys in double figures for a 103-88 men’s basketball rout of Western New Mexico.

    Highlands (14-7, 8-5 RMAC) has won five in a row.

    Other Cowboys in doubles: Kelvin Franklin (16), Chop Tang and Mindaugas Markevicius (13 each), Chris Dunn (12) and Roman Andrade (10).

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    Jessica Armijo’s only point of the evening wound up a game-winner Saturday as NMHU’s women held on to beat WNMU 76-75.

  • Write-in mayoral hopeful loses battle to get name on ballot

    A state district judge on Friday rejected a request by a write-in candidate for Las Vegas mayor to get his name on the ballot in the March 2 election.

    At the same time, the judge, Eugenio Mathis, criticized the city on how it handled Patrick Romero’s bid to become mayor.  

    On Jan. 5, candidates had to declare their candidacies during business hours at City Hall. Romero arrived within minutes of the 5 p.m. deadline.

  • Official: Judge can't be impartial

    A Luna Community College trustee who has been charged in an October fight has asked a magistrate judge to be taken off the case, saying the judge cannot be impartial.

    Ambrose Castellano, 37, who faces a petty misdemeanor battery charge, said in a court pleading Friday that he didn’t want Magistrate Judge Philip Romero to have any role in his case.

  • Storm blamed for area crashes

    The snowstorm on Wednesday resulted in fender benders around town, but not as many as expected, Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said Thursday.

    He said people are apparently driving “pretty well.”

    “I’m not seeing it. I’m kind of leery when some people take things for granted and go faster than they should,” the chief said.

  • Lady Dons stay No. 1 in state rankings

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball endured a tough loss to district rival Pojoaque this past week but still held on to the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A.

    Wednesday’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll has the Lady Dons and coach Jose Medina holding the top spot with 79 points. Lovington, the only 3A team close to WLV in terms of win-loss record, is second with 63 points, followed by Socorro with 54.

  • Letter: Understanding the pain of abortion

    Every religion tries to deal with how to handle human suffering. Last Sunday, a talk was given called “Motherhood Interrupted” at the Immaculate Conception church. The speaker, Mrs. Jane Brennan, whose website is www.motherhoodinterrupted.com, is an average American woman. She gave a woman’s view of having an abortion.

  • Students examine possibilities

    Buses from Belen, Cobre, Pojoaque, Bernalillo, Springer, Maxwell, Santa Rosa and other schools dropped off students to attend College Night on Tuesday.

    The event began a dozen years ago when Luna Community College invited students from Las Vegas and the surrounding area to bring in their juniors and seniors to see what the college offered.

    Highlands University joined Luna the following year, and officials say it has grown every year since.

  • East school district 'overbuilt'

    With declining enrollment, the Las Vegas City Schools district is “overbuilt,” an architect said recently.

    Albuquerque architect Kevin Balsier carried thick binders into a City Schools board meeting containing a draft of the district’s master facilities plan that will cover the next five years.

    Balsier wasn’t breaking any news when he said enrollment has been declining for a number of years.

    “What that has led to, in some areas, is the school district being overbuilt,” Balsier said.

  • Work of Art: Saintimental favorites

    It was wonderful yesterday writing about how next year’s Super Bowl will feature the Oakland Raiders pummeling Dallas by about 87 to 3. Yet,  family members who realize I bleed Raiders black and gray interrupted  the joy; this column needs to be about this year’s Super Bowl. Or so they say.

    Nevertheless, I wanted to convince family members that the Raiders will be in the big game next year. So I asked around:

    Oldest son Stan: No particular interest.

    Middle son Diego (Tennessee Titans fan): Raiders don’t deserve it.