Today's News

  • Man shot near bar on Grand

    A Las Vegas man is accused of shooting another on Grand Avenue late Thursday afternoon.

    Gary Esquibel, 23, of 702 Pecos St., was charged with attempted murder, trafficking crack cocaine, shooting from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence.

    The alleged victim, Jonas Montoya, 26, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital then airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

  • Cowboys win!

    They never gave up.

    Rallying improbably from an 18-point deficit, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys broke through for their first win of the season Saturday, a 39-35 triumph over Fort Lewis College.

    The win snaps a 10-game losing streak that dates to the last game of 2008.

  • Cards stun No. 3 Horsemen 26-0

    Daniel Martinez and Dalan Abreu combined for nearly 200 yards rushing Saturday, dealing the St. Michael’s Horsemen a Halloween trick in the form of a stunning 26-0 defeat at Brother Abdon Field.

    St. Mike’s had entered the game as the third-ranked team in Class 3A football. With a win over West Las Vegas in this coming Saturday’s Vegas Bowl, Robertson clinches the District 2-3A runner-up spot (behind Raton) and would likely host a first-round state playoff game.

  • Underdogs no longer

    So, how do you top the No. 1 turnaround season in the history of men’s college basketball?

    New Mexico Highlands coach Joe Harge can think of a few things that might do the trick. Winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament and getting to the national playoffs, for example.

  • Cold-weather homeless shelter finds home

    A cold-weather shelter for the homeless is expected to be up and running later this month.

    Samaritan House, a local nonprofit group, has received approval from the city to set up a homeless shelter in the old 2G’s bar building at 1509 Seventh St., next to McDonald’s restaurant.

    The owners, Vince and Vicki Howell, are donating the space rent-free for the first year. Samaritan House hopes to open the shelter starting Nov. 21. Its hours will be 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Weekend Roundup

    With a sweep of Pecos on Friday, the Mora Rangerettes claimed their fifth consecutive District 4-2A championship.

    Mora won 25-13, 25-14, 25-18 in the finale, held at Montoya Gym in Mora. Pecos had emerged from the weeklong bracket as the challenger to the top seed Rangerettes. Mora will play the District 1 runner-up, either Ramah or Navajo Pine, this week in a regional playoff.

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    It took overtime to eliminate the Robertson soccer teams from the Class 1A-3A state tournament over the weekend.

  • As It Is: Throwing money around

    Social Security is an immensely popular program. After all, we as Americans believe that everyone should have an economically secure retirement.

    But sometimes we need to curtail this program’s spending so as to ensure its survival for future generations.

    To their credit, President Reagan and his Democratic rivals got together during the 1980s to take steps to keep the Social Security fund solvent. They increased payroll taxes to make that happen — not a politically palatable choice but absolutely essential.

  • Union supporters march; hospital leader refuses proclamation

    Supporters of the Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s labor union had a message for the hospital’s administrator on Friday — negotiate now. And they took it directly to him.

    But the administrator, Richard Grogan, refused to accept a proclamation from the group. He told them all communications about the union should go to Alta Vista’s attorneys.

  • Vaccine unavailable for most people

    If you want to get a shot of the H1N1 vaccine, you’re probably out of luck for now.

    The local public health office only has a limited amount, and El Centro Family Health has none at all but is expecting some, officials said. None of Las Vegas’ four pharmacies have any shots for swine flu on hand. This reflects a shortage nationally of the vaccine.

    The Las Vegas Clinic for Children and Youth, a private organization, has the vaccine. It is available for children six months to 5 years and children 5 and older with chronic conditions, an employee said.

  • Candidate picks local chairmen

    Two area residents are serving as the San Miguel County co-chairmen of the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Allen Weh.

    Ricardo Rodgers and Rey Herrera have joined the Allen Weh 2010 team’s effort to mobilize New Mexico voters. Among other duties, Rodgers and Herrera will organize volunteers in San Miguel County and ensure that Weh’s local supporters turn out to vote.