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Today's News

  • Rifilato returns

    The last man to lead the New Mexico Highlands football program to a league championship is returning to a sideline near you.

    NMHU late last week announced the hiring of Ed Rifilato — most recently the head coach at Fort Lewis — as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator.

    In 1999, his sole year as Highlands’ head coach, Rifilato led the Cowboys to a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title. He had been Carl Ferrill’s defensive coordinator at NMHU the three years prior to that.

  • City, county policies call for termination

    John J. Roybal, the West Las Vegas school district mechanic accused of totaling a district vehicle while driving drunk, may have suffered bigger consequences already if he had been working for either the city of Las Vegas or San Miguel County.

    According to a 1995 resolution passed by the City Council, city employees who are charged with driving drunk while operating city vehicles or during work hours are terminated.

  • West is tackling tight budget

    The majority of the West Las Vegas school board is calling for a freeze on at least some budget line items.

    As Dawn Biagianti took her seat as the new business manager at West Las Vegas at a recent meeting, board member David Romero wanted to know where the district stood with its budget.

    “Where do we stand with our budget because out on the street, you hear that we’re pretty bad off... So could you tell us where we are money wise?” Romero asked.

  • Lady Dons vanquish Demonettes

    Linda Esquibel scored nine of her 17 points in the opening period Monday night, and she was one of nine Lady Dons to put points on the scoreboard in a 60-25 shellacking of host Santa Fe High.

    The No. 1 team in Class 3A girls’ basketball, West Las Vegas is 13-1 as it heads into Wednesday night’s home game with Peñasco, the last tuneup before the district schedule gets under way Jan. 20 with Santa Fe Indian School.

  • Another Perspective: Victims of their own perception

    During a recent phone conversation with my brother this holiday season, he offered a pretty rough evaluation of my chosen profession.

    He layered on his indictment with a pinch of brotherly carria, and a fist full of spite, “Eeee Sergio, I hate to tell you this bro… but the media is all messed up.”

  • As It Is: Is it micromanagement?

    The mayor and Las Vegas City Council members always like to say they don’t micromanage. They insist they let the city manager do his job.

    That’s great — if it’s true. The council should set policy, while the manager should run the day-to-day operations of city government.

    One of the low points of Mayor Tony Marquez’s term was when his handpicked city manager, Sharon Caballero, abruptly resigned, accusing the mayor of micromanagement.

  • City official charged with DWI

    Las Vegas’ code enforcement supervisor, who is now on leave from the city, is facing a drunken-driving charge, an official said.

    Carl A. Vigil, 53, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving without his vehicle registration and proof of insurance, according to court records.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said Vigil was on unpaid leave and has been in that status since Dec. 7.

    Dodge also confirmed that the Carl Vigil listed in court records as having been charged with DWI was the city’s code enforcement supervisor.

  • As It Is: Is it micromanagement?

    The mayor and Las Vegas City Council members always like to say they don’t micromanage. They insist they let the city manager do his job.

    That’s great — if it’s true. The council should set policy, while the manager should run the day-to-day operations of city government.

    One of the low points of Mayor Tony Marquez’s term was when his handpicked city manager, Sharon Caballero, abruptly resigned, accusing the mayor of micromanagement.

  • CYFD worker faces child abuse charges

    An employee of a state agency that looks out for children is accused of child endangerment.

    Justina Romero, 27, 545 Hermosa Lane, was charged last week in connection with a drug investigation. She faces three counts of abandonment or abuse of children.

    She works as an in-home services worker at the local office of the Protective Services Division of the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

  • State puts hold on money

    The state has put a hold on $2.8 million that was to go to the renovation of Tony Serna Elementary School.

    But district officials say it may work to West Las Vegas’ advantage.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu told the school board recently that the Public School Facilities Authority informed him that construction money for Tony Serna had been delayed.