Today's News

  • Editor's Note - A ‘Hunger Games’ challenge

    If you’ve read “The Hunger Games” — a three-book series written by Suzanne Collins— I dare you to find its deeper meanings.

    If you don’t, or can’t, I think you’re missing something. And if you don’t believe there’s any deeper meaning worth finding, that it’s just written as entertainment, I must wonder if you are being shallow in your literary consumption.

  • Guerin a two-time state champ

    Juliana Guerin proved unstoppable on the tennis court this past week, collecting her second individual state girls’ singles tennis championship in three years.

    The Robertson sophomore did not drop a set in winning three matches this past Thursday to capture the title.

    She opened by knocking off eighth-seeded Emily Walker of Portales, 6-1, 6-0. Walker had survived a tough three-set battle with Hope Christian’s Melissa Rosenthal in the opening round Wednesday night.  

  • Lady Dons romp Socorro

    Marissa Cordova allowed only two baserunners — both on walks — in a no-hit 13-0 shutout of Socorro on Saturday afternoon, and West Las Vegas moved on to the second round of the Class 3A state softball tournament.

    So efficient were the Lady Dons that their game lasted roughly an hour and nearly concluded at the same time as the Robertson-Pojoaque baseball playoff across the street, and that game had started two hours earlier.

    Cordova recorded five strikeouts and gave up no runs and no hits in five innings of work.

  • Cards sweep Elks, advance

    Dominic Yara’s time out of the Robertson batting order Saturday was short-lived.

    “I re-entered him to get a hit, and he came through for us,” said RHS head coach Tony Renon after Yara slapped the game-winning walk-off single in the eighth inning in the Cardinals’ first-round state playoff series against Pojoaque Valley. The Cards, who had dominated the visiting Elks 10-2 on Friday, had to rally from three runs down for an 11-10 extra-inning triumph on Saturday.

    “Great win,” Renon said. “Good senior leadership.”

  • Chavez takes 2 state titles

    A photo finish separated Mora junior Alonzo Chavez and Pecos senior Antonio Varela in the Class 2A boys’ 3,200-meter run, but it was Chavez — kicking forward by five hundredths of a second — who won the state championship on a sunny Saturday at the University of New Mexico track and field complex in Albuquerque.

    It was a meet to remember for Chavez, who also took home a state title in the 1,600-meter run. He edged Dulce senior Graham Thomas by less than a full second to win that event on Friday.

  • 3-year sentence in drug case

    A federal judge has sentenced a 26-year-old Las Vegas man to 37 months in  prison on drug trafficking charges.

    Brian Romero, who states in court documents that he resorted to selling drugs because he was desperate for money to support his son after losing his job, pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of knowingly carrying and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime was dismissed.

  • Mora school official on paid leave

    The Mora Independent School District administrator who had his business license yanked by the state Public Education Department in April has now been placed on leave by the district.

    Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia said Gonzales was placed on leave last week so that the district can conduct its own investigation.

    Upon completion of the investigation, Garcia said, a determination will be made on whether Gonzales will be terminated or whether another form of discipline is warranted.

    Garcia stressed that Gonzales will be given his due-process rights.

  • Color and design

    A different type of art show has been set up and is ready for visitors.

    On Tuesday afternoon, students from Luna Community College’s quilting and sewing classes hung several of their quilts and other items in the Las Vegas Arts Council office at 140 Bridge St.

    “All the exhibitors are students from Luna Community College,” said instructor Lin Chibante. “We are thrilled the arts council let us display our items. We aren’t artists, we are just very good quilters that like to work a lot with colors and designs.”

  • BREAKING: Mora sheriff case handed to AG

    District Attorney Richard Flores has turned over the case involving the April 7 quarrel between Mora Sheriff Thomas Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham to the Attorney General’s Office for a decision on whether to pursue battery on a peace officer charges against Garza.

    Flores said his working relationship with the Mora sheriff’s office, along with Allingham being the son of Las Vegas Police Commander Mack Allingham present too many conflicts for him to move forward with the case.

  • City ready to hire more than 150 youths for summer job program

    The city of Las Vegas is once again hiring youths for the summer, and because of the interest in the program and an overflow of applications, city officials are looking into expanding it.

    The city has identified money within the general fund from current unspent dollars that will be used for this one-time expenditure.

    The city will be employing more than 150 youths to participate in the nine-to-11 week summer program and is currently seeking additional funding to hire more  employees.