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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Keep process entirely open

    No company should get any special treatment when it comes to city business, especially when it involves a major housing project.

    Last week, the Las Vegas City Council’s agenda stated that the council would be asked to approve an agreement with Santa Fe-based Western Trails Inc. The proposed agreement would have meant the company would build 60 units of rental housing as part of a federal tax credit program. The units would be built on land along Mills Avenue, where the city demolished housing a couple of years ago.

  • Attorney warns mayor

    An attorney for local businessman Carlos Gallegos is warning Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez not to make any more “disparaging or defamatory” comments about his client.

    “Apparently your comments have been made in an effort to deflect attention from your own shortcomings during your petty political infighting with your City Council and administrators,” Albuquerque attorney Sam Bregman wrote in a letter to Marquez dated Wednesday.

  • Lopsided win for Robertson girls

    Eleven players got into the scorebook for host Robertson on Wednesday night as the Lady Cardinals coasted to a 59-20 win over Raton.

    It was the first District 2-3A victory for Robertson in three tries. Raton rremains winless in district play.

    Brooke Knezevich nearly matched the Lady Tigers’ point production by herself, tallying 17 to lead the Lady Cards.

  • No agency taking responsibility

    The railroad crossing north of town, where Michael Esquibel lost his life Jan. 15, is arguably a hazard to motorists.

    More to the point, it is a hazard for which no one is taking direct responsibility. And most officials believe it’s someone else’s job.

    The Rio Arriba Road crossing, which provides local access to both the city of Las Vegas’ solid waste transfer station and to the Ride to Pride program for youth, is roughly 500 yards from the Interstate 25 overpass. From the crossing, the train tracks are not visible past that point.  

  • Rangerettes own OT vs. McCurdy

    Amanda Padilla knocked down five three-pointers on her way to 21 points Wednesday night, leading Mora to a 57-51 overtime triumph over McCurdy.

    But it was Angelica Abeyta’s short-range bucket that saved the day for the Rangerettes. Mora trailed 43-41 with two seconds left in regulation when Abeyta scored to tie the game and force overtime.

    Mora owned the extra session, outgunning the Bobcats 14-8 for a key non-district win.

  • Hernandez makes Centennial team

    Hector Hernandez, who captured an NAIA national heavyweight championship for New Mexico Highlands in 1987, has been named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Centennial Team in wrestling.

    The list of a dozen elite wrestlers in the 100-year history of the RMAC was announced Wednesday by the league office in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    The RMAC is the fourth oldest conference in the country, and the most historic in the western U.S.

  • Unexpected places

    Does your life sometimes feel like it’s on repeat every day? For a long while my life felt like that. Every single day almost seemed the same. At the same time every day I would wake up and get ready for school, I would leave for school at the same time, the lectures at school all sounded the same. (It kind of sounded like the teacher from Charlie Brown....Blah Blah Blah Blah.) After school I’d come to work. Every single day was basically the same schedule, and I never really noticed any of this up until recently.

  • Good samaritans honored

    From the many Good Samaritans in Las Vegas six nominees have been chosen for a Good Samaritan Award. This honor will be presented at the United World College’s Benefit to be held on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the UWC Montezuma Castle Cafeteria.

    United World College students are sponsoring this fund-raiser with international foods, special activities and international musical performances in support of Samaritan House and the Cold Weather Shelter.  

  • Seven competing for seats on the West board

    Seven candidates are competing for the West Las Vegas school board in Tuesday’s election.

    The candidates running for Position 4 are Michael Adams, David G. Romero and John Trujillo. Vying for Position 5 are incumbent Christine Ludi, Manuel Lucero, Jose R. Salazar and Yvette Arellanes.

    Longtime board member Ralph Garcia’s term is ending, but he decided not to run again after three decades on the board.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on poll locations, call the county clerk’s office at 425-9331.

  • Courageous Journey: NMHU runner came from war-torn land

    New Mexico Highlands University cross country standout Laurent Ngirakamaro made a remarkable personal journey from genocide in civil war-torn Burundi in east Africa to become a three-time NCAA All-American.

    Ngirakamaro ran for the Cowboys in the November 2008 NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships, placing 25th out of a field of 184 runners during a snowy, 20-degree race in Slippery Rock, Pa.

    He finished 11th in 2007, leading his NMHU team to a top-10 national finish.