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Today's News

  • Man accused of another rampage

    Marvin M. Martinez was arrested after a yet another alleged violent and destructive neighborhood rampage recently.

    It was his third such incident in as many years.

    On Dec. 12, Las Vegas police were dispatched to 704 Taos St. in Las Vegas after receiving a report of property damage. The report quotes Martinez’ s mother as saying that Martinez “had been drinking whiskey and that he was angry.” 

  • EDITORIAL: Happy Hanukkah

    Last night at sundown, Hanukkah began. And while it may not be the dominant December holiday in New Mexico, it is still celebrated by many — and it serves to remind us that Jews have been an important part of who we are as New Mexicans.

  • COLUMN: Governor Denish

    SANTA FE — What kind of governor will Diane Denish be? There are some signs that our current lieutenant governor may do us a rather good job.

    Barring confirmation difficulties, it appears Gov. Bill Richardson will be leaving us sometime around the end of January to become the next secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department.

    There shouldn’t be many surprises for Denish. She has interned as lieutenant governor for six years. During the first four years, she and Richardson were close and she was involved in much of what he did.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Lady Dons make Ben Lujan final

    In a battle of unbeatens, Saturday night’s main event saw defending state champion Pojoaque Valley (10-0) assert its dominance over West Las Vegas (7-1).

    The 63-35 romp by the Elkettes came in the final of their own Ben Lujan Invitational, an early showdown between district rivals.

    For a while, it appeared the upstart Lady Dons had a great shot at the upset. The game was knotted up at 17 and even after a Pojoaque run late in the second quarter, the margin was a manageable 27-21.

  • Jail tries to reduce repeat offenders

    The San Miguel County jail has become a revolving door with a recidivism rate of more than 80 percent — in other words, most inmates are returning.

    Lack of residential, in-patient treatment services has placed challenges to the jail’s ability to properly house and serve offenders that have substance abuse and mental health issues, according to a county press release.

  • Students create page for agency

    West Las Vegas high school students in Kirk Ludi’s class are not only learning about web design, they are actually creating a professional web page for the Department of Health’s Region 2.

    Diana Abeyta, a community health improvement coordinator with the department, said her region encompasses nine counties in the northeastern part of the state. When she took her current position in August, she realized that two of the nine counties she oversaw didn’t have websites.

  • Police ID man killed in crash

    Authorities have identified the man who died from injuries while chasing another car early Friday morning.

    Frank Romero, 26, of Albuquerque, was trying to pass two women in another car in the 500 block of Chavez Street when he struck three parked cars. He knew one of the women, police said. Romero reportedly got into a dispute with the woman somewhere else in town.

    Romero, formerly of Las Vegas, was a self-employed landscaper.

  • Teenager hurt in shooting at party

    City police are investigating a shooting that happened at a party early Sunday morning.

    A 16-year-old was hurt in the shooting, but police wouldn’t divulge where he was hit, saying that revealing such information at this point could compromise the investigation.

    Police said that two men were asked to leave a party at 314 11th St. on Saturday night. The men returned around 1 a.m. and fired shots at the house, hitting the 16-year-old, who was inside.

  • WLV fourth in Farmington with nine wrestlers

    Still five weight classes shy of a full team, the West Las Vegas wrestling squad neverthless cracked the top four in this past weekend’s Piedra Vista Panther Classic.

    John Armijo won his 171-pound class in dominant fashion and was presented with the Outstanding Wrestler award for the higher divisions.

    Armijo scored a 10-2 decision over Bayfield (Colo.) standout Jeff Huffmyer in the final.

    “He had a good showing,” said head coach Robert Alarcon. “But he’s still not there (in terms of wrestling shape). He’ll get better.”

  • Paying customers get gas shut off

    In recent months, the city has enacted measures to prevent winter shutoffs of natural gas to those who can’t afford the big bills all at once.

    But what about those who can pay?

    City officials acknowledged this week that they have shut off gas to some customers who paid their bills on time, but they didn’t give the number affected.

    Apparently, the utilities department had a backlog in its mail, so payments had been sitting around unopened.