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Today's News

  • COLUMN: A soap opera for Las Vegas

    Who around here needs to watch soap operas? Especially these last few months. Just watch what’s going on at City Hall. Nobody is suffering amnesia, as they typically do in soaps. But our community has plenty of other forms of drama — fights between former friends, lost jobs, chaos and lawyers.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP 2: Three local wrestlers make finals; baseball begins for LCC, NMHU

    Robertson’s wrestling team, missing grapplers at several weight classes, earned an 11th place finish in this past weekend’s annual Cardinal Classic, which brought 21 out-of-town schools to town for the two-day event.

    The host Cardinals amassed 163.5 team points, getting edged out by Hobbs (173) and Santa Fe High (167) on the second day. West Las Vegas finshed 14th in the 24-team affair with 111.5 team points. The RHS junior varsity took 17th with 81 points, and Pecos was 20th with 43.

  • Pecos boys rip Monte del Sol to open district

    Pecos started off District 4-2A in grand style with an 81-54 win over Monte del Sol Tuesday night.

    Tim Baca led the charge, scoring 17 of his game-high 33 points in the third period to break open a close game.

    The Panthers and Dragons played to an 11-all tie in the first period. Pecos led 33-25 at intermission and then outscored the Dragons 29-7 in the third period. 

    Del Gonzales added 16 points and Joseph Gonzales chipped in with 10. Point guard Darren Villanueva distributed eight assists.

  • LETTER: Vote, be a voice for our children

    We all know school board elections are coming up. In the atmosphere of hope that encompasses our country today, we can’t help but feel like we can make a difference. All elections are important, yet school board elections, the decision we make on behalf of the children in our community, typically have overwhelmingly low turnout rates.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    We want to thank everyone who was part of the recent Cooney Fundraiser Concert at the First Presbyterian Church. What a joyful and heartwarming occasion it was!  Such talent, kindness, and generosity!  We are humbled and grateful and will put the money to very good use as we rebuild and rebound from the fire.

  • Two incumbents win, another loses

    Voters on the east side kept one incumbent on the school board in Tuesday’s election, while they threw out another.

    On the west side, one incumbent trounced three rivals, while a fresh face in politics prevailed with a comfortable margin.

    For East’s Position 1, political newcomer Gabriel Lucero won in a landslide with 50.4 percent over longtime incumbent Philip Leger (32 percent) and former Las Vegas Mayor Matt Martinez (17.6 percent).

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank all the SAM-FM listeners who contributed to this year’s annual holiday turkey drive.

    This was the seventh year for the turkey drive and again people reached deep down to help their neighbors. Because of your generosity, I was able to get turkeys for the Samaritan House, Victory Home Health, the Soup Kitchen, the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, the I.C. Church and even some for Santa Claus. They were all extremely grateful for the donations and I also thank them for their devoted service to our community all year round.

  • Councilor Madrid needs to lead

    Councilor Morris Madrid, I agree something should have been done about the $1.2 million months ago. Why did you not put the item on the agenda or call a study session or take any positive action?  Are you a victim of the process?

    Councilors take leadership for their community or they add nothing to the process.

    (Mayor) Tony (Marquez) may be the captain, but all councilors are the first mates!

  • COLUMN: Political quotations

    SANTA FE — Ever since legislative bodies were created, observers, ranging from philosophers to comedians, have showered us with cynical assessments of these bodies.

    Somehow legislatures and Congress always are the easiest to dislike and demean. Their popularity rating always is lowest. Governors and presidents can charm their way along but legislative bodies have no personality. Constituents often like their own legislator but dislike all the rest.

  • EDITORIAL: Still waiting

    In today’s newspaper, we have yet another story about Gilberto Reyes, who has been in jail for 13 months without his day in court. His trial is set for late February. We don’t know about his guilt or innocence, but we know he hasn’t enjoyed his constitutional right to a speedy trial. It would be nice if the justice system would take care of this matter.