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Today's News

  • Assault charge thrown out

    Charges against a Las Vegas man have been dismissed in response to a legal motion alleging misconduct by the prosecution.

    Richard Encinias, 28, had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, having allegedly veered his car toward that of Ben Bencomo in an attempt to run him off the road.

    The motion to dismiss specifies two areas of misconduct — vindictive prosecution and withholding of exculpatory evidence, which tends to disprove guilt.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I would like to commend the Las Vegas Fire Department, particularly staff members Lt. Samuel Lujan, Engineer Louie Mares and firefighter Rodney Sauter, for their recent outstanding and noteworthy service to our community.

    At the Public Safety Committee meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, these three firefighters received the Phoenix Award, an honorary award that recognizes the individual for the significant service of successfully resuscitating a patient from respiratory or cardiac arrest.

  • Don Cecilio renovation ends

    Everything is brighter in the newly renovated classrooms at Don Cecilio Elementary School. The light reflects off the shiny wood floors, desks and faces of the children.

    Each classroom has what amounts to a wall of windows. Many rooms have indoor plants growing along the window ledges.

    Built as North Public, Don Cecilio was a well-built and sturdy structure, almost like a fortress. But after eight months of renovation, what was a dark, dank and depressing building has become a shinny, new and pleasant place of learning.    

  • Cowboys in Kansas on Friday

    New Mexico Highlands didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes on the gridiron this past weekend at Midwestern State. Trouble is, the mistakes they did make turned into points for the host Mustangs, who played a hyper-efficient game on both sides of the ball.

    The Cowboys can put that 41-0 defeat in the rear view mirror Friday night with a good showing at Washburn in Topeka, Kans. It’s the first gridiron meeting between the schools.

    NMHU plays the Ichabods at 5 p.m. Mountain time Friday. The game is slated to be broadcast live on KMDZ-FM 96.7.

  • THUMBS

    Thumb DOWN for ... AN UNFORTUNATE TREND. It isn’t good news when a local school district has to report that it has recorded a decline in enrollment. The Las Vegas City Schools reported yet another such drop recently, announcing it was down 122 students compared to the beginning of school a year ago.

  • Chavez a Royal

    Former New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy Chris Chavez recently received the best news he’s had yet in his professional baseball career.

    He was called up to the Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Omaha Royals, after being in the organization the past four seasons.

    Chavez was part of the Highlands baseball team in 2006.

  • EDITORIAL: Failed logic on West board

    Politicians are for open government until they’re against it. The latest ones to prove this truism are Gary Gold and Christine Ludi, members of the West Las Vegas school board.

    Recently, David Romero, the board’s newest member, proposed that the board start recording its meetings, a practice that inexplicably stopped a few years ago.

  • Young Cowgirl kickers look for first ‘W’

    Featuring a slew of young players, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer team is off to a competitive — if yet winless — start under first-year head coach Justin Wagar.

    Returners include goalkeeper Shannon Delarosbil, field players Stephanie Devisser, Yolanda Elias, Amanda Piho, Aspen Proctor,  Ashley Rosales and Caitlyn Syner.

    A dozen freshmen and another half dozen sophomores are listed on a deep but youthful roster.

  • WORK OF ART: The price of their toys

    Before the days of heightened airport security, I was at the terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and noticed a man struggling with two huge suitcases. This was before luggage grew wheels. I  offered to help.

    Because of matters of balance — two trunks are easier to carry than one — the elderly man declined. As he rested, he pulled out a pocket watch unlike anything I’d seen before. It featured a thread-thin antenna for a radio; it announced the time; it had a 24-hour alarm, an adding machine, a ruler, level, altimeter and thermometer.

  • Mora deputy trades shots with suspect

    A Mora County sheriff’s deputy exchanged gunfire with a suspect Friday night, and then the suspect rammed the deputy’s car head on, officials said.

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova said a rookie deputy, David Cordova, along with state police officers, was responding to a report of domestic violence in Buena Vista. The deputy met up with the car driven by the suspect, Richard Sawyer, on N.M. Highway 518.