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Today's News

  • Lady Dons run in top four again

    Led by a pair of strong individual races from Amanda Ortzow, the West Las Vegas girls’ cross country team has cracked the top four in two straight meets to open the season.

    The Lady Dons were fourth in the Sept. 5 Española Invite and matched that showing Saturday at Jemez Valley, where more than a dozen schools vied for top honors.

    Ortzow, a junior, placed fourth individually both meets to pace the Lady Dons — first with a time of 20:41, then in 23:34.

  • Highlands buying two nearby properties

    Highlands University is buying property.

    During a special meeting last week the Board of Regents approved the purchase of two properties bordering campus grounds. President Jim Fries said one might be used for a coffee house where students can socialize and relax.

    Fries said the house at 1004 Mora Ave. — which university officials affectionately call “The Little Green House” — is surrounded by the new residence hall.   

  • West's enrollment up slightly

    West Las Vegas schools have 37 more students than they did last year, according to Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    It’s a different story on the east side, where a 127-student decline was recently reported.

    At a West School Board meeting last week, Abreu was pleased to report the increase, but board member Kenny Lujan asked for the matter to be tabled until the next regular meeting — “because I would like to see it (increased numbers) by classrooms,” Lujan said.

  • Dave's Drive-in: 'Youngblood' early vehicle for young stars Lowe, Swayze

    Editor’s note: Patrick Swayze, who maintained a residence and ranch in the Las Vegas area, died Monday after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer. In a salute to Swayze, we present a look back at one of his early films, which happens to fit the sports movie genre being covered in the Dave’s Drive-In series.

    In January 1986, when the hockey film “Youngblood” hit theaters, Rob Lowe was already top shelf as one of America’s hottest commodities. And costar Patrick Swayze was skating close to the crease of superstardom.

  • Editorial: Judicial wrangling

    We don’t often second-guess the judicial system — cases cannot and should not be decided in the press. But this one begs the question.

  • Gonzales to lead state Democrats

    The state Democratic Party’s central committee has elected a former Highlands regents to be the party’s state chairman.

    Javier Gonzales, a member of the New Mexico State Board of Regents a former Santa Fe County commissioner and ex-chairman of the Highlands Board of Regents, was elected on a voice vote Saturday at Isleta Pueblo.

    Gonzales replaces outgoing chairman Brian Colon, who resigned Aug. 8 to run for lieutenant governor.

    Gonzales will serve the remainder of Colon’s term, which expires in April 2011.

  • Letter: Let down by elected officials

    I have some property between Montezuma and Los Vegiles; it was past to me by my parents. The only access to my property is the ridge. The bridge is in need of repairs. It has holes and the lumber is rotting. It’s been like that for seven years. That bridge was constructed by Storrie Lake project. I contacted Robert Quintana and was told he would bring it up in the monthly meeting and he would let me know the outcome.

  • Editorial: Involve the districts

    We like to see a certain level of competition in education, and that’s a big reason why we support charter schools. Such schools can reach those students who struggle in conventional settings, and push traditional schools to do better as well.

    As such, we were happy that Luna Community College showed some innovation by proposing the creation of an on-campus charter school. But last week, the state Public Education Commission said no to the idea.

  • Dons stung by Raiders

    For all the little improvements the young West Las Vegas Dons made from week two to week three, they felt snakebit Friday in a 27-0 loss to visiting Tucumcari.

    Unlike a week earlier in a 50-0 defeat to Estancia, there were no disastrous quarters for West. There were no strings of turnovers and botched special teams plays. There were some more Dons highlights that indicate, perhaps, better times to come.

    But the Rattlers (3-0), led by big, burly lines on both sides of the ball, consistently outplayed the Dons.

  • West's homecoming week schedule

    This week is homecoming for West Las Vegas schools. This year’s theme is “Transformers: Rise of the Dons.” Upcoming events include:

    Monday

    Mismatch Day

    Tuesday

    Grease/50s Day

    10 a.m., Candidate Assembly

    Wednesday

    Michael Jackson Day

    8 a.m.-3 p.m., election of queen, king and court, in the Lecture Hall

    11:15 a.m., barbecue in the cafeteria

    (adults must pay)

    2-5 p.m., painting of the “D”, seniors only

    Thursday