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Today's News

  • Letter: Las Vegas moves to new objectives

    Congratulations to all the candidates for participating in the democratic process. The Home Rule Charter was passed and two new city councilors and a mayor have been elected. This is wonderful news.

    Now is the time for citizens to continue their involvement in city government by attending City Council meetings and urging our elected representatives to do the work necessary to correct the neglect of the years.

  • Above and Beyond: A challenge few know about

    Highlands University student Joni Martinez is seen as someone with an engaging personality. But there’s one thing many people don’t know about her: She is legally blind.

    Other than her family, friends, co-workers and those she gets to know over time, most people apparently aren’t aware of the condition of Martinez’s eyesight.

    Maggie Romigh is Martinez’s boss at Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring program for children.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... FIRST TIME EVER. Highlands University is sending its men’s basketball team to the NCAA Division II tournament. The Cowboys qualified as a No. 6 seed for this weekend’s regional tournament in Mankato, Minn., and will face No. 3-seeded Augustina College at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    Congratulations to coach Joe Harge and his team. It’s the second straight 20-win season and the first time in the school’s history to make it to the tourney.

  • BREAKING/ONLINE: Lady Dons state runner-up

    Santa Fe Indian School has defeated West Las Vegas 56-50 in overtime for the Class 3A girls' state basketball championship; the title game, held Friday night at The Pit, was the second overtime contest in as many days for the Lady Dons and coach Jose Medina, and it was a rematch of the District 2-3A tournament final won by WLV. 

    The state runner-up finish is the highest ever for a West Las Vegas girls' basketball program that has fielded some strong teams over the years.

  • West heads to championship

    West Las Vegas is headed to the state championship game in Class 3A girls’ basketball after surviving an overtime thriller against district rival St. Michael’s early Thursday in The Pit.

    Miranda Martinez hit a buzzer-beating basket to lift the Lady Dons (28-5) to a 47-46 triumph over the Lady Horsemen. The Lady Dons and coach Jose Medina now prepare for tonight’s title tilt against the winner of Thursday’s other semifinal between Santa Fe Indian School and Lovington. Tipoff of the championship game is 6 p.m. today, also at The Pit.

  • Letter: Congratulations; now let's move forward

    While voting turnout was low, I would like to thank all voters who came out to exercise their constitutional right in Ward 1 as well as citywide. I want to thank all residents of Ward 1 who supported me during my campaign and gave me their trust and confidence.

    As I stated during the council race, my door will always be open to listen to our neighborhood concerns as well as citywide issues. I congratulate the winners, pray and hope that the new council and mayor will provide direction and leadership to unite us and move the city of Las Vegas in all areas of city government.

  • Lucero seeks county seat

    Joe “Yunta” Lucero, an employee in the San Miguel County assessor’s office, plans to run for the District 1 seat on the County Commission.

    That seat is held by June Garcia, who was elected four years ago. She is widely expected to run for another term.

    District 1 covers part of Las Vegas and the areas northwest of town.

  • Purple Pride!

    National championship qualifiers in three sports got a rousing sendoff in a pep rally this week at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    The NMHU men’s basketball team (20-10) will play Augustana (S.D.) on Saturday in Mankato, Minn., site of the NCAA Division II Central Regional. Winner of the eight-team regional moves on to the Elite Eight.

    Two-time All-American Angella Graham from the Cowgirl track team will compete in the D-II Indoor Nationals beginning Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

  • Column: Plans for Highlands' growth

    What does the future hold? Like everyone else, we at New Mexico Highlands University wish we could know with certainty, but we can’t.

    Nonetheless, planning for the future is essential. Since early 2009, Highlands has been working with Studio Insite, an architectural firm specializing in helping universities plan for growth. They have examined existing facilities, pedestrian and vehicular flow patterns, and the university’s programmatic and enrollment goals to formulate a master plan for the university’s future.

  • Locals All-RMAC

    A former Robertson High standout and a onetime West Las Vegas star have been honored with selections to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball team for the 2009-10 season.

    Robertson alumnus Jessica Armijo, who led New Mexico Highlands to a 10-15 record — a seven-game improvement from a year ago — was selected to the second team All-RMAC West Division. Armijo averaged 11 points, four rebounds and nearly two assists a game.