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Today's News

  • Martinez, Diaz, Armijo lead locals in Joe Vivian tourney

    A runner-up finish by Robertson’s Daniel Martinez and third-place outcomes for Wally Diaz of RHS and John Armijo of West Las Vegas were local highlights at this past weekend’s Joe Vivian Classic in Albuquerque.

    Defending Class 5A champion Rio Rancho — a squad featuring a couple of former Las Vegans — ran away with the team championship, racking up 249 points to Class 4A champ Belen’s 153.5.

  • Rangerettes send Bears into hibernation; Hope next

    It’s on to the semifinals for the Mora Rangerettes, who defeated Hatch Valley 56-39 on Thursday in the Hope Christian Invitational.

    Mora (11-3 and ranked fourth among Class 2A girls’ teams) will play tourney host Hope at 6 p.m. Friday for a spot in the final.

    “It was another good victory for us,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “We started out very strong — it was 23-12 after the first quarter — and we just maintained and finished strong.”

  • Man killed by train ID’d

    State police have identified a man killed in a train-truck collision just north of town.

    He was 35-year-old Michael Esquibel of Las Vegas. State police say he was crossing the railroad tracks on N.M. 250 when the Amtrak train hit his pickup truck Thursday. The crossing is designated with a posted rail road crossing sign, but no other controls.

    It was the second fatal collision at the site in the past four months. In September, 11-year-old Fred Stark of Denver died when an Amtrak train hit his car.

  • West gets improved track, field

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson said you don’t have to be an athlete to feel the excitement in seeing the new turf being put in at the new football field on the West campus.

    “Everybody’s happy to see the dream come true, from the moment they laid that first roll of artificial turf, the excitement has been mounting. My assistant, John Bustos, and I went to the field to watch the workers in act-ion, it’s amazing how they lay it down, sew it in place and look for imperfections to make sure that everything is just right,” Parson said.

  • Candidate says she's not running

    Teresa Gray, a candidate for the Las Vegas City Schools board, says she is not running an active race.

    Her name will still be on the ballot because she didn’t meet the deadline for withdrawal.

    She said she decided to pull out because she is now working full time at the Wind River Ranch. Before, she was a part-time employee. She said her schedule won’t allow her to serve on the board.

    “I feel horrible that my name is on the ballot. I hope it doesn’t take votes away from anyone,” Gray said.

  • State pulls back city money

    The city of Las Vegas had changed its mind about how it wanted to spend $1.2 million in state water money.

    Now the state is pulling back the funding altogether.

    The state Water Trust Board on Thursday decided to withdraw the $1.2 million as well as a $200,000 loan that was allocated to the city in 2006.

    City officials had sought a time extension to meet the requirements for the money; the deadline was Dec. 31.

  • No. 3 Lady Dons win third straight blowout

    With three blowout victories in a row and a new No. 3 state ranking, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons are on a tear as the District 2-3A portion of the schedule approaches.

    The latest win came Wednesday night, a 59-39 rout of visiting Santa Fe High.

    As with Saturday’s romp over Dexter and Tuesday’s triumph against Tucumcari, this one was decided largely in the first quarter.

    Geneva Rivera scored the first seven points of the night as part of an 11-0 West Las Vegas run to start the game.

  • LETTER: 'Old Boys' clubs not necessarily bad

    “[Cruz] Roybal said it was unfair to attack the group of people who meet at Hillcrest and unfair to the restaurant itself. He said that people traveling through town may avoid Hillcrest after reading the newspaper, thinking that some type of mafia may be eating there. He said the group consists of retirees.”

  • LETTER: For Robert Romero on Mora’s board

    School Board elections are just around the corner and I would encourage the people of Mora County to keep Robert Romero on the board. Being on a school board is serious business. It is by no means a popularity contest.

    I feel his decisions have been led by his convictions, and our convictions are the only thing we can offer. Robert is a veteran, and anyone who has been a in the military knows that being organized and assertive is of importance. His dad and granddad Pat were also veterans, as was I.

  • EDITORIAL: Taking on illiteracy

    Consider for a moment the practical ramifications to being illiterate. Not only do you miss out on the pleasures of reading a good book, you can’t follow simple written instructions.

    You can’t read the directions on the pill bottle, so you can safely and effectively take your medicine. You can’t cook by following a written recipe.

    You can’t make sense of a road map, or follow the highways signs to your destination.

    You can’t order off the menu, read your receipt or make a bank deposit without assistance.