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Today's News

  • Saturday detention planned at school

    Oh, no, not Saturday school!

    Yes, it’s official. West Las Vegas Middle School students will now be required to attend school on Saturday for discipline purposes.

    The school may not be all that bad. Remember the 1985 John Hughes classic, “Breakfast Club” where five students meet in Saturday detention and discover they have more in common than they thought?

    Principal Steve Sandoval told the school board last week that sometimes noon detention is not sufficient.

  • DAVE'S DRIVE-IN: 'Varsity Blues' may have you feeling blue

    There are low-brow B movies dressed up as sports cinema, and then there is a real fumble like “Varsity Blues.”

    A 1999 film written by W. Peter Iliff and directed by Brian Robbins, “Varsity Blues” chronicles what would happen if “Mutiny on the Bounty” met “Friday Night Lights,” except with far inferior character development, plot, dialogue, etc.

  • RHS golfers win in LA

    With a team championship and a score of 395, Robertson’s girls’ golf team has qualified its first of three legs necessary to make the state tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals took first place at the Los Alamos Invitational on Sept. 21. The team is five players deep with Jayme Quintana, Jamie Allen, Nina Martinez, Shannon Lopez and Karlee Bradley.

    Quintana shot a 91, placing second individually; Allen had a 93 for a fifth-place finish. Both players also received a first individual leg for state.

  • Work of Art: Not a hothouse plant

    A couple of nights last week might have been the coldest of the season. Whether it froze or snowed depends on whom you talk to. Regardless, many people needed to crank up their thermostats.

  • Zias blank Cowgirls

    Samantha Lawrence and the rest of the Eastern New Mexico Zias cooled down New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team with a 3-0 win Monday in Portales.

    Lawrence scored twice, including the Zias’ first-blood goal — 4:21 into the match — off a feed from Danielle Thurman. Thurman assisted the next goal as well, a Leslie Weber shot at the 9:43 mark. Highlands’ defense held up until the 46th minute, when Kandace Padilla passed to Lawrence from the right side for the last score of the afternoon.

  • Vegas man killed at home

    A Las Vegas man was killed at his house late Friday night, and authorities have already arrested another man in the murder, police said Sunday.

    Kevin Duran, 32, 814 Chavez St., was shot two or three times in the stomach area, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    Gold said police have arrested Louie Benavidez, in his late 40s, on an open count of murder. He said Benavidez was apprehended at mile marker 219 on Interstate 25, which is in the southern part of Albuquerque. Benavidez lives on the west side of Las Vegas, the chief said.

  • Grizzlies win turnover battle, spoil NMHU's homecoming

    Two quick turnovers led to Adams State points Saturday evening, setting the tone for New Mexico Highlands’ homecoming defeat by a 27-7 count at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands is 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. ASC is 1-4, 1-2.

  • Police burglary task force formed

    The Las Vegas Police Department has created a burglary task force in light of a string of burglaries in eastside neighborhoods.

    “We’re working aggressively to protect citizens and their property,” Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño told the City Council last week.

    He said the department is using undercover tactics to try to solve the burglaries, but he said he didn’t want to release the details for fear of compromising investigations.

  • Dons stumble at Cobre

    West Las Vegas football saw its winning streak come to a quick end Friday night as Cobre dealt the Dons (1-4) a 45-6 defeat in Bayard.

    The host Indians were especially tough on defense. WLV, attempting to ride the momentum of its homecoming win over Crownpoint, tried in vain to run the ball with last week’s stars such as Jared Gallegos. But the Indians consistently got good defensive penetration and often reached the backfield to make tackles for loss or no gain.

    By halftime, the score was 33-0.

  • As It Is: Setbacks for Campos

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos has been dealt two major defeats as Luna Community College’s president since he took the helm last summer.

    And both have been in the realm of politics — which is considered his area of expertise.

    In March, a whopping 83 percent of voters rejected Campos’ bid to increase their property taxes to pay for improvements at Luna’s facilities throughout northeastern New Mexico.