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Today's News

  • West heads to championship

    West Las Vegas is headed to the state championship game in Class 3A girls’ basketball after surviving an overtime thriller against district rival St. Michael’s early Thursday in The Pit.

    Miranda Martinez hit a buzzer-beating basket to lift the Lady Dons (28-5) to a 47-46 triumph over the Lady Horsemen. The Lady Dons and coach Jose Medina now prepare for tonight’s title tilt against the winner of Thursday’s other semifinal between Santa Fe Indian School and Lovington. Tipoff of the championship game is 6 p.m. today, also at The Pit.

  • Letter: Congratulations; now let's move forward

    While voting turnout was low, I would like to thank all voters who came out to exercise their constitutional right in Ward 1 as well as citywide. I want to thank all residents of Ward 1 who supported me during my campaign and gave me their trust and confidence.

    As I stated during the council race, my door will always be open to listen to our neighborhood concerns as well as citywide issues. I congratulate the winners, pray and hope that the new council and mayor will provide direction and leadership to unite us and move the city of Las Vegas in all areas of city government.

  • Lucero seeks county seat

    Joe “Yunta” Lucero, an employee in the San Miguel County assessor’s office, plans to run for the District 1 seat on the County Commission.

    That seat is held by June Garcia, who was elected four years ago. She is widely expected to run for another term.

    District 1 covers part of Las Vegas and the areas northwest of town.

  • Purple Pride!

    National championship qualifiers in three sports got a rousing sendoff in a pep rally this week at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    The NMHU men’s basketball team (20-10) will play Augustana (S.D.) on Saturday in Mankato, Minn., site of the NCAA Division II Central Regional. Winner of the eight-team regional moves on to the Elite Eight.

    Two-time All-American Angella Graham from the Cowgirl track team will compete in the D-II Indoor Nationals beginning Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

  • Column: Plans for Highlands' growth

    What does the future hold? Like everyone else, we at New Mexico Highlands University wish we could know with certainty, but we can’t.

    Nonetheless, planning for the future is essential. Since early 2009, Highlands has been working with Studio Insite, an architectural firm specializing in helping universities plan for growth. They have examined existing facilities, pedestrian and vehicular flow patterns, and the university’s programmatic and enrollment goals to formulate a master plan for the university’s future.

  • Locals All-RMAC

    A former Robertson High standout and a onetime West Las Vegas star have been honored with selections to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball team for the 2009-10 season.

    Robertson alumnus Jessica Armijo, who led New Mexico Highlands to a 10-15 record — a seven-game improvement from a year ago — was selected to the second team All-RMAC West Division. Armijo averaged 11 points, four rebounds and nearly two assists a game.

  • Cards' memorable ride ends

    Turnovers and inaccurate shooting doomed Robertson in a 70-51 defeat to Santa Fe Indian in the Class 3A boys’ quarterfinals Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson, which improved from a district also-ran to a 19-10 contender in David Bustos’ second season, figures to have much of its young team back next season.

    But on Wednesday, perhaps youthful inexperience hurt the Cardinals — which lost two key guards over the course of the campaign.

  • Judge to run again

    Philip Romero, a local Magistrate Court judge for the last 14 years, plans to run for another four-year term.

    He will compete in the June 1 Democratic primary. The only other announced Democratic candidate for Romero’s position is Ruth Trujillo, a paralegal.

    “I would like to continue to serve the people as magistrate judge,” Romero said. “I promise to answer to my obligations in making fair and honest decisions.”

  • Outlaws in Year 3

    The Las Vegas Outlaws — a collection of local gridiron talent competing as part of the New Mexico Premier Football League — opened its third season this past Sunday, falling 6-0 to the New Mexico Wolfpack in a rugged defensive battle at Perkins Stadium.

    Doug McDaniel hit Andrew Shock for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 4:34 left, providing the only points of the blustery afternoon. The Outlaws threatened early but fumbled the ball away just a few yards from paydirt.

  • West class sizes questioned

    A Union Elementary parent wants to know why classes at Union are so much bigger than those at Don Cecilio Elementary.

    The answer: Union is more popular with parents.

    Still, an official said the district plans to better balance out student numbers by classroom next school year.

    During a question-and-answer session at Union Elementary last week, as part of special meeting of the West Las Vegas school board, parent Betsy Sanchez wanted to know why some classes at Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary have as few as eight students.