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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Passing the buck can be fatal

    One thing is absolutely undeniable about the Rio Arriba Road railroad crossing just north of town: Two people have been killed trying to cross there.

    Now, some are calling for the installation of warning lights and other safety equipment at the site, rather than just signage.

    But so far, they’re not getting any response.

    To be sure, all agencies contacted agree on one thing: It’s someone else’s job to improve the crossing.

  • LETTER: Bring home our National Guard

    While campaigning for president, Barack Obama insisted he couldn’t make real change alone — he needed all of us to help him by making our wishes known. Newly introduced in the New Mexico legislature are Joint Memorials entitled “Withdraw New Mexico National Guard from Iraq” (SJM20 in the Senate and HJM18 in the House). It’s a perfect opportunity to make our wishes known to our legislators that we need our Guard to come home.

  • LETTER: Quit trying to cover up abuse

    I’m writing again because I know that domestic violence is still with us. There have been individuals that say, “She does not know what she is talking about.” After 12 years in the field and having had the best training at the Police Academy from experts, I should know that what I say is fact, based on experience and education.

  • Rivera controls lane as Dons beat Cards

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

    While Robertson’s strength this season has usually been its defense, the Cardinals had no answer Wednesday night for Adrian Rivera.

    Rivera owned the paint at Mike Marr Gym, scoring most of his game-high 27 points by driving to the basket. The West Las Vegas senior post led the Dons to a 64-52 win in the first all-Meadow City clash of the basketball season.

  • Rough Riders walk off winners in home debut

    Isaiah Dominguez rocked a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday, boosting the Luna Community College Rough Riders to a 10-7 victory over Frank Phillips College in their home debut.

    Luna had to rally from a 7-4 deficit going into the bottom of the seventh, the last at-bats for the Rough Riders. But they manufactured three runs to force extra innings, and after shutting down FPC in the top of the eighth, the Riders went to work.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... TWO NEW FACES. Congratulations to the winners of the East and West school board elections — Elaine Luna, Gabe Lucero on the east side and Christine Ludi and David Romero on the west side. Lucero defeated incumbent Philip Leger and former mayor Matt Martinez to become the City Schools district’s newest board member, while David Romero won the open seat being vacated by Ralph Garcia, who chose not to seek re-election. Luna and Ludi retained their positions in re-election bids.

  • Principal, teacher face sex allegations

    A former Robertson High School student is alleging that a teacher sexually abused her for five years, and a woman is accusing Robertson Principal Rick Lopez of harassing her when she was applying for a job.

    Santa Fe attorney Merit Bennett is representing the alleged victims in the matters involving the alleged misconduct of Principal Rick Lopez and teacher Jay Quintana.

    City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero said Thursday that he has referred the cases to the Las Vegas Police Department.

  • LETTER: Clarity comes when unknowns are known

    Councilor Morris Madrid spoke long and eloquently at the city council meeting. He was compelled to leave as much unsaid.

    It would have been the perfect moment to recall Donald Rumsfeld’s famous quote: “There are known knowns. These are things that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

  • LETTER: Big wind versus small economies

    In these times, renewable energy cannot afford to be given a bad name by big business whose bottom line is bigger profit.

  • Grizzly grapplers nip Highlands

    New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team won four of 10 matches Thursday night and fell one maneuver short of another against a solid Adams State squad.

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual meet was only the second home event of the season for NMHU and one of only four overall to be held at the Wilson Complex.

    Coach Doug Moses’ Cowboys  (3-9-1, 1-4-1 RMAC) host Chadron State (6-3, 3-0) on Friday night at 7. After that, the last chance to see the NMHU grapplers in Las Vegas will be Feb. 14, when Colorado State-Pueblo comes to town.