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Today's News

  • Dons put freeze on Ruidoso

    It didn’t take West Las Vegas Dons long to put their letdown in the Taos Invitational behind them.

    Tuesday night, the team throttled visiting Ruidoso 77-60, staying in control on both ends of the floor and improving to 2-3 overall.

    West senior Adrian Rivera led all scorers with 29 points. He has surpassed the quarter century mark in points in four of the Dons’ five games.

  • County presents priorities

    San Miguel County’s top priority for seeking state funds is an assessment of the county’s surface and groundwater resources.

    The county presented its priorities to state legislators at a meeting this week.

    All area lawmakers were invited, and state Reps. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, and Thomas Garcia, D-Ocaté, showed up. Sens. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, and Phil Griego, D-San Jose, didn’t; both reportedly had prior engagements.

  • Dons fall to top-rated Sundevils; Lady Dons advance

    Española Valley outscored West Las Vegas 28-13 in the decisive second quarter to blow open a close game in the first round of Capital High’s Al Almendariz Classic Thursday in Santa Fe.

    The end result was a 77-55 win for the Sundevils, the top-ranked team in Class 4A.

    Turnovers and poor shooting — particularly at the free-throw line — hurt the Dons.

  • Two commissioners bid farewell

    Gone are the days when San Miguel County government hired based on nepotism and political connections, a county commissioner said this week.

    County Commission Chairman David Salazar saluted two outgoing commissioners, Hugh Ley and Kenny Medina, for their efforts to make hiring a fair process in county government. He said the two worked with former Commission Chairman LeRoy Garcia to make such a change happen.

    Both Medina and Ley didn’t run for re-election because they can’t serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. Their terms end Dec. 31.

  • ENMU women defeat Cowgirls

    A scoring drought of nearly seven minutes doomed the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls Wednesday night in a 79-64 loss at Eastern New Mexico in Portales.

    Highlands fell to 1-8; ENMU is 7-5.

    The Cowgirls played evenly with the host Zias early on and courtesy of Oliana Seanoa’s jumper, trailed just 27-24 with 3:59 left in the first half. But eight straight missed shots and eight turnovers by NMHU helped Eastern go on a 9-0 run that ended on Jessica Armijo’s layup nearly three minutes into the second half.

  • Gambles a Las Vegas fixture

    If you want to find Al Valdez at home, you may want to go to his store, which he considers his second home.

     

    Anselmo “Al” and Adelina Valdez first met in the ninth grade while attending Las Vegas High School, and the high school sweethearts married shortly after graduation.

     

    After 55 years together, the couple has many fond memories of raising a family and running Gambles, one of the longest standing businesses in town.

     

    Anselmo says everyone in Las Vegas knows him by either Chemo or Al.

     

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report Dec. 9-16

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Rio Grande: Nov. 29, Byron Bishop, 10, caught and released a 36-inch northern pike. He was using a 9-inch jerk bait.

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report Dec. 16-23

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Ute Lake: Dec. 12, Jim O’Conner of Amarillo caught a 10.13-pound walleye. He was using a slab spoon in 30 feet of water.

  • Highlands' Feinsod leads wrestlers' Sin City effort

    New Mexico Highlands 174-pounder Jesse Feinsod snared fifth place in the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev., continuing a strong start to his senior season.

    Overall, the Cowboy wrestling team placed 25th of 48 teams. NMHU amassed 31 team points.

    Nebraska (124.5 points), Cornell, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Michigan — winner of three of the last four Cliff Keen tourneys — were the top six.

  • COLUMN: Three-lane compromise

    MainStreet Las Vegas is soliciting community input on the fully funded Grand Avenue Renovation Project at the tonight’s City Council meeting when presentations will be made to mayor and council.

    The project, from Tilden to National, is designed to accomplish four goals:

    • ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION:  directing traffic into our three historic commercial districts.

    • PEDESTRIAN SAFETY:  calming traffic in the five-block area of Grand so it is safe and easy to cross Grand Avenue and patronize businesses in the area.