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Today's News

  • Montano elected to lead board

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño was seated as Las Vegas City Schools board president for the second time in a yearly reorganization of the board at a recent meeting. 

    He replaces Phillip Vigil as the leader of the board.  

    Montaño was also elected as president of the state school boards association.

    Gabriel Lucero replaces Montaño as vice president of the local board, and Patrick Romero remains as secretary.

  • Cowboys sweep Lopers on Day 2

    New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team bolstered its hold on first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of host Nebraska-Kearney.

    And longtime NMHU coach Steve Jones earned his 400th win, extending his own all-time Cowboy baseball career coaching record.

  • Lady Dons fourth in St. Mike's tournament

    West Las Vegas' softball team came away with a fourth-place finish over the weekend in the St. Michael’s Invitational.

    Coach Lucas Griego’s Lady Dons fell 11-10 to the tourney host Lady Horsemen on Saturday in the third-place game.

    WLV had led St. Mike’s 10-6 midway through the sixth inning before the home team rallied to steal the win.

    The Lady Dons shredded McCurdy 28-3 on Thursday morning to open the tourney. But they lost 6-2 to eventual champ Moriarty in a Friday semifinal.

  • RHS golf girls third

    Jayme Quintana shot a 93 on Monday in Socorro, qualifying her third and final leg for state.

    And she led Robertson to a third place finish out of eight teams in the girls’ Warrior Invitational.

    Robertson, which played without lead golfer Jamie Allen, has already made the cut for state as a team.

    “Not bad at all for our first tournament,” said coach Gene Gurule.

    The Cardinal boys were to play on Tuesday.

  • Ortiz back at Luna

    After roughly a month off, Luna Community College head baseball coach Peter Ortiz is back on the job, the school reports.

    “Peter Ortiz has been reinstated as baseball coach at Luna Community College,” said Jesse Gallegos, LCC’s public information officer, in a written statement issued late last week. “He had been on administrative leave. Additional steps are being taken to improve our athletic programs.”

  • Letter: Wary of the impact of consolidation

    You needn’t go very far to find those opposed to “change agents.”  The citizens of West Las Vegas were the most adamant for consolidating the two “cities,” but the Las Vegas Daily Optic opposed that consolidation just as adamantly.  I am sure you can find those stories in your own archives.

  • County to tackle turbine rules

    San Miguel County officials will likely take a look at wind-farm regulations at its meeting next month. But no action is expected at that time.

    It’s an issue that has caused division in the Valley since a company expressed interest in putting up wind turbines on the mesa near Bernal a few years ago.

    Some hope to benefit economically from such a project, while others contend turbines are unsightly, noisy and damaging to wildlife.

  • Work of Art: Grand Avenue in the '50s

    The construction that made Grand Avenue a true four-lane highway took place in the early ‘50s. Traffic got routed through Railroad Avenue and even New Mexico Avenue during the several months that improvements took place.

    This month, a $4.4 million project began on the same stretch of road. The news of the project has sparked memories about the major job some 60 years ago.

    Before the ‘50s project, the pavement covered only two lanes, the rest being dirt and gravel, and even the slightest sprinkle of rain managed to get cars stuck.

  • Tears shed for West graduate at remembrance service

    During a remembrance ceremony at West Las Vegas’ gym on Friday, family and friends of Mariah J. Arguello said she was a happy, funny, spirited girl, and the light of their lives. Arguello, 18, a 2009 West Las Vegas High School graduate, was killed shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 25 near San Juan, as she was driving back to Las Vegas. The other driver, Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe, was also killed.

  • Second DWI slipped through the cracks

    State police suspected that Cecilio Jaramillo may have been drinking and driving when he struck another car head on last week on Interstate 25. Both he and the other driver, 18-year-old Mariah Arguello of Las Vegas, died.  While it’s clear that Jaramillo was convicted of his first DWI in 2004, it appears that his second alleged offense in 2007 fell through the cracks.  Las Vegas police Officer Clarence Romero filed the DWI charge against Jaramillo in early January 2007.