Today's News

  • Fast start for WLV

    In the first game of the 2011-12 season, the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team made quick work of visiting Capital, 55-20, on Tuesday night at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West coach Jose Medina stifled the Lady Jaguars with a couple of defenses and unleashed a three-quarter-court press early, producing turnovers. West had its own turnover issues early, and neither side had a field goal until Capital’s Selene Gonzales’ bucket with 2:46 left in the first.

  • Cowgirls bounce Aggies

    Alyssa Lopez and China Smith led a balanced effort and five Cowgirls reached double-digit scoring Tuesday night in New Mexico Highlands’ 96-77 road victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State in Goodwell, Okla.
    Coach Tiffany Darling’s bunch is 2-0; OPSU fell to 0-5.

    Lopez made eight of 15 shots, including four from long distance, to score a game-high 20 points.

    Smith collected 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out of the game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 25, 2011

    No local varsity events

    • West Las Vegas boys at Fort Wingate (A,B,C), 1 p.m., Wingate
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Española (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 25, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

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  • After 30 years, ‘Frito Man’ retires

    Larry Janssen doesn’t miss getting up at 4:30 every morning.

    Better known as the “Frito Man,” Janssen retired this month after 30 years on the job delivering Frito-Lay products in and around Las Vegas.

    “It’s been a wonderful journey,” says Janssen. “I’m ready to move on to another one.”  

    At 63, Janssen has spent almost half his life working for Frito-Lay. And while he doesn’t regret it, he’ll be the first one to tell you that wasn’t his plan.

  • A Thanksgiving Tradition

    El Sombrero Restaurant has opened its doors to everyone in the community for a free Thanksgiving meal every year since 1996, and hundreds of area residents take advantage of the invitation.

    This year won’t be any different.

    But what does it take for the restaurant, owned by Helen Rivera-Gonzales, to pull it off?

    El Sombrero is cooking 14 turkeys and six hams for this year’s traditional Thanksgiving meal.

    That’s just for starters.

  • Police: $16K embezzled from store

    A Playstation 3 and Dell laptop computer for $5.74?

    It sounds impossible, but that’s exactly what Las Vegas police say a customer paid before walking out of the local Walmart with those items in July. On Friday, the former Walmart cashier who, according to court documents, handled that transaction and others like it was arrested on a single count of embezzlement, a third-degree felony.

  • Christmas Tree Time
  • Holocaust survivors donating items

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A steamer trunk. Banquet table cloths. A nearly 160-year-old dollhouse.

    As aging Holocaust survivors living in New Mexico and throughout the country limit their public appearances due to health reasons, they are slowly donating to museums everyday personal items that advocates say shed light on their plight in Nazi Germany.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    New retirement age proposed
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s retirement program for teachers and college faculty proposes to improve its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age of 55 for educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees.

    The Educational Retirement Board voted Monday to recommend the proposals to the Legislature, which has to change state law to implement any pension revisions.