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Today's News

  • As It Is: It shouldn't have happened

    I didn’t know either Benito Lemos or Richard Baca. And apparently they didn’t know each other.

    A week ago today, Baca, 21, was charged with killing Lemos at National Avenue and 12th Street.

  • Editorial: Water funding vulnerable

    Every government entity in the state is vulnerable to statewide budget cuts for building projects. The city of Las Vegas is no exception.

    The budget ax may well strike the $1.3 million designated for a rebuilding of the city’s dam on the Gallinas River, a project designed to make the diversion of water more efficient.

  • Lemos' fiancee calls him 'love of my life'

    If you think Benito Lemos was always the tough guy, you would be mistaken.

    At least according to his sister, Venita Vigil, who spoke at his funeral Thursday night.

    “He was always a mama’s boy. He didn’t sleep in his own bed until he was 11,” Vigil told more than 500 people who packed Robertson High School’s gymnasium for her brother’s open-casket memorial service.

  • NMHU big man fourth in Wyoming

    New Mexico Highlands heavyweight Jesse Boggs — a national qualifier in 2008-09 — started his senior campaign right. Boggs finished fourth in the elite division of Saturday’s University of Wyoming Open in Laramie, Wyo.

    Boggs went 3-2 to lead the NMHU wrestling team’s effort in its season debut.

  • Lady Card spikers denied

    The postseason is over for Robertson and Mora volleyball teams, who lost Friday in the state volleyball tournaments at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson (16-7) fell to a familiar nemesis — District 2-3A foe Pojoaque Valley, who  went on to win the Class 3A state title Saturday.

    The Elkettes, ranked No. 1  through much of the season, eliminated RHS 25-16, 25-17 and 26-24 in one of two Class 3A semifinals Friday night.

  • County wants oil and gas regulations

    San Miguel County is looking at a proposed moratorium on oil and gas drilling permits while it drafts regulations for such activities.

    No permits for oil and gas drilling are pending before the county. But County Commission Chairman David Salazar said he wants to make sure the county has sufficient rules in effect before companies come forward.

    The county has a general ordinance that deals with conditional land uses, but it doesn’t contain any regulations specifically designed for oil and gas drilling.

  • Man continues to fight law firm

    A Las Vegas resident who has sued a big Albuquerque law firm suffered a setback earlier this month, but he is not giving up.

    In October 2008, Joe Robert Encinias, a former Robertson High School student, filed a lawsuit against the Whitener Law Firm. That firm is led by Russ Whitener, who is famous for saying in his commercials, “Before you accept a check, check with me.”

  • Suspect: I'll 'finish off' bullets; victim's mother speaks out

    The man accused in the killing of another earlier this week wrote a day before on his MySpace account about how he wanted to “finish off” his ammunition.

    Rich-ard Baca, 21, a New Mexico National Guardsmen who was back from Iraq, is charged in the death of Benito Lemos, 22, in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

    The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

  • Las Vegas YAFL teams at state this weekend

    At least in Las Vegas Young American Football League, the 49ers and Raiders are championship-caliber teams.

    The Niners — 6-0 and champs of the city’s junior division — and the Raiders, who won the senior division title by going 4-2, will play in the state YAFL tourney on Saturday and Sunday at Bullhead Park in Albuquerque.

  • County explains purchase of truck

    A top San Miguel County official says he understands why some people are wondering about the county’s new semi-truck, which has an extended sleeper cab.

    After all, trucks with such cabs are usually much more expensive.

    But in this case, County Manager Les Montoya said, the county went out to bid for a used truck and went with the lowest bidder, who just so happened to be selling a truck with a sleeper.

    The price tag was $49,846.

    “We don’t need a sleeper, but it was on the truck,” Montoya said.