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Today's News

  • RHS teams sweep St. Mike's

    Say this about Josh Brito — the kid’s not afraid to take the big shot with the game on the line.

    Brito unleashed a running — almost diving — floater from the free-throw line Saturday night as time expired, and the basket broke a tie to give the Robertson Cardinals a 65-63 victory over District 2-3A nemesis St. Michael’s.

    To no one’s surprise, the game was a barn-burner, fitting a matchup between the third-ranked Horsemen and fifth-rated Cardinals.

  • Dons get first district victory

    Maybe these Dons are starting to put things together.

    Raton’s Derrick Valdez had just swished a three-pointer to cut West Las Vegas’ lead to 44-41 with 20 seconds remaining in Saturday’s District 2-3A boys’ basketball contest at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Four seconds later, Ambrosio Castellano gave West some breathing room. He drew a foul and hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game.

  • Letter: Always-leashed dogs a problem

    I recently had the opportunity to revisit Las Vegas and my wife and I got to spend 10 really nice days visiting friends who live in town. I again found many of the residents that I encountered to be friendly and welcoming.

    Since we drove out to New Mexico from Florida, I was able to take my beagle Izzy with us on the trip. I had many walks with her through town and was able to see many side streets not normally seen by tourists. What I saw in many instances disturbed me.

  • Co-op project means fewer outages

    A power-line project in Mora County is expected to reduce the number of outages in that area, an official says.

    But some say that the new lines will hurt the area’s scenery.

    Abran Romero, general manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, said the utility plans to start putting up the poles in mid-April from La Cueva to Mora.

  • The Wright stuff

    For the second time in as many weeks, New Mexico Highlands 125-pounder Seth Wright conquered the No. 1 wrestler in the nation in his weight class.

    This week’s upset came Thursday night in a 5-0 shutout of Tommy Edgmon of Fort Hays State. Wright’s win was one of just two for the Cowboys that night, as NMHU hosted its long-awaited first home event of the season but lost 31-9.

    Wright took a 2-0 edge to the final period but doubled it and frustrated Edgmon with his defense and quickness.

  • Letter: Carrying a gun ruined two lives

    This is for our kids in Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and for all who had any connection with Benito Lemos.

    I know that Benito Lemos’ death affected a lot of you, for whatever reason. Thank you for your support. I was impressed with the fact that there was so many people in his services.

    No church could contain the people, so they had to have it in the Robertson gym and even there it was standing room only.

  • County hears road dispute

    Daniel Garcia says his family has owned a portion of a road in the Valley for generations. But more than a quarter century ago, the county put it on its road log.

    Now, the family wants to take it back — a proposal some nearby residents oppose.

    On Friday, the San Miguel County Commission again heard the case for the abandonment of about a mile of B41-E. The road is near El Pueblo.

  • As It Is: An unnecessary hurdle

    Local government entities say they hire people based on qualifications, not connections. I hope that’s true.

    Both the Las Vegas City Council and the San Miguel County Commission vote on all people hired in their respective entities. Since I started covering both more than five years ago, they have approved every person recommended for hire but one.

    Three years ago, then-Commission Chairman Hugh Ley voted against the employment of the son of then-Commissioner, Kenneth Medina. Ley said he did so because he didn’t want to hire the relatives of commissioners.

  • Letter: Thanks to FFA, a great program

    On behalf of the Atencio and Augie Fudala families, we would like to say thank you so much to those of you who voted for our barn in the Campbell’s Soup and FFA barn renovation project. We are both humbled and grateful for your participation, and thanks to all the votes we received, our barn in Bark River, Mich., was one of five winning barns of a national contest that will be getting a facelift sometime in June.

  • Blood test reveals suspect, police say

    A Villanueva man denied stealing an ATM machine, but a DNA test indicated otherwise, state police said.

    Richard Joseph Griego, 23, was arrested last week on charges of burglary, larceny and criminal damage.

    In early October, the owner of the Pecos River Campground in the Valley told state police that an ATM machine with several thousands of dollars worth of cash was taken, according to Magistrate Court documents.

    Soon after, the machine was found under a bridge at Coruco. Blood was found on the railing just above the machine and the ATM itself.