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Today's News

  • Birds show fight, sweep Braves

    Antonio Arguello turned a crisp double play to help crush a Santa Fe Indian School rally in the fifth inning Saturday afternoon, and the Robertson Cardinals polished off a doubleheader sweep of the Braves.

    In so doing, the Cardinals (10-9, 3-6) showed signs of life in the District 2-3A race and more importantly they strengthened their resume for the upcoming state tournament.

  • West must cut budget by 4 percent

    The West Las Vegas school district has received the news about how much it will have to cut from its budget.

    West Business Manager Dawn Biagianti said the state has informed the district that it must trim 4 percent, or $527,491, from its operating budget.

    “This is probably the biggest cut I’ve ever had to deal with. This really hurts, and I know it’s very difficult. Until we had the final information from the Public Education Department, we weren’t sure exactly what the dollar amount would be,” Biagianti said at a recent board meeting.

  • Hospital rejects county request

    San Miguel County wants a seat on Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s advisory board, but the hospital has refused that request.

    The county, which has criticized the hospital’s handling of its labor union, sent a letter to Alta Vista last month, saying it wanted to join the board. The county said it is the only elected body in the area that makes direct payments to Alta Vista. The county has a tax designated for medical care for the very poor.

  • Rider softball spanks Lamar

    Quietly, the Luna Community College softball program has been building momentum throughout a spring season where the spotlight — for better or worse — has focused on other teams.

    This past week, it was the softball Rough Riders’ turn to roar. The team swept visiting Lamar College in a four-game series at Rodriguez Park, a first for a program in only its second season of existence.

  • Balancing the needs

    These days, just about everyone agrees that we need to develop clean energy alternatives. Over the long haul, the future cannot run on fossil fuels; instead, renewable energy sources must determine our economic and environmental destiny. So it’s imperative that we move toward solar, wind and other energy-producing alternatives.

  • Cowboys pass 30 wins

    New Mexico Highlands University’s baseball team may be new to the top of the Central Region, but the Cowboys are no stranger to the 30-win mark, where Steve Jones has guided them with consistency over the course of his 14 years at the school.

    On Friday at Colorado Christian, the Cowboys bullied their hosts 22-6, earning their 30th win in 36 games. And they hit another milestone, too — their 20th win in 23 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games to date.

  • As It Is: Tea party hypocrisy

    On Thursday, conservatives from across the country rallied against big government and taxes at so-called tea parties. They even held a demonstration in ultra-liberal Santa Fe.

    The tea party’s message — combined with a hatred of President Obama — is simple. Sure, we can all agree that we don’t want a huge, overbearing government. And everyone likes lower taxes.

    But these tea party activists don’t give many specifics about what they would do.

  • RHS lockdown a precautionary measure

    Robertson High School was on lockdown for 15 minutes before the end of the school day Thursday.

    It was the first lockdown at Robertson in at least two years, officials said.

    Police said they received a report that two people were in a scuffle at a Robertson High School parking lot and that one broke the other’s window.

    Someone heard that noise and thought it was a gunshot, so that person called the school. Principal Eddie King then ordered all students into the building and put the campus on lockdown.

  • WLV cheer squad 4th in state

    West Las Vegas’ cheerleaders captured fourth place in the co-ed cheer category over the weekend at the State Spirit Championships, hosted by the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    With 361 team points in the Class 3A cheer category, the squad edged St. Michael’s for third and finished behind Hope Christian (502), Bloomfield (471.5) and Raton (403.5). Robertson was eighth with 349 points.

  • Suspect to face more charges

    A District Court ruling last week means that a man accused of killing another in road-rage incident could get still more years in prison.

    Rich-ard Baca, 21, already faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the November killing of Benito Lemos, 22, in central Las Vegas. That charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

    In recent months, the district attorney’s office has wanted to add the charge of shooting at or from a vehicle resulting in death, with a maximum of 15 years in prison.