Today's News

  • Hopes for the new year

    With new years come fresh perspectives, at least in optimistic minds. Here are a few of our hopes for the new year:

    We hope the Castañeda Hotel’s purchase comes off without a hitch and its renovation pumps new energy into the Railroad and New Town districts. This imposing edifice from the olden days of East Las Vegas is long overdue for a massive makeover, and we’re hopeful that buyer Sloane McFarland makes the best of it. May he have strong community support in his efforts.

  • Work of Art - Be it resolved ...

    The seasons are confused. Where else would we the people lengthen the day, under something called Daylight Saving Time, when each day is already getting longer?

    Similarly, we shorten days that are already on their way to being abbreviated.

    And we play a lot with the presumed ending times. Well, I’m still here, as I assume most of you are, possibly to the disappointment of the Mayans, who told us the world was about to end a couple of weeks ago. Imagine the embarrassment of some who may have believed the end was to be the next day.

  • Jaguars claw to a repeat

    Weird calls. Technical fouls. Ejections. And some pretty darn good basketball.

    All of it added up to a wild finish that saw the Capital Jaguars defend their Stu Clark Tournament trophies against Phoenix’s Central High 58-53 on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Capital (11-1) won by setting the tempo and keeping the Bobcats’ conditioning and athleticism from becoming a major factor. And the Jaguars, who’ve won two tournaments and reached finals in three, showed poise in crunch time.

  • Pecos coasts past Mora in Tri-Cities

    Beating three opponents by an average of 36 points a game, the Pecos Panthers didn’t just win the Tri-Cities Tournament over the weekend in Mora.

    They served notice that they may well be the team to beat in Class 2A boys’ basketball this season.

    The coup de grace for coach Russ Gilmore’s Panthers came Saturday night against district archrival Mora. Pecos bombed the host Rangers 101-62 in the tourney’s title game. Darren DeHerrera (25) Brandon Quintana (24) and John Vigil (22) combined for 71 points.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 2, 2013

    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos

    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • The forces of nature hit 2012

    By Jeri Clausing and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — From dry river beds to dusty pastures and raging wildfires, extreme drought dominated New Mexico headlines in 2012.

    Farmers, ranchers and water managers started 2012 hoping against all predictions that this would be the year the La Nina weather pattern responsible for pushing moisture from the state would finally subside. No luck. Just more hand-wringing as the first 11 months of the year marked the second driest on record, according to the National Weather Service.

  • The Greatest Gift - Coach’s generosity saved lives

    Fabian Trujillo dedicated his life to helping others, and even after death his legacy lives on. Trujillo’s floragraph will ride along a Donate Life float in the 124th annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day.

    Trujillo’s children and other relatives will also be helping create the float and participate in various events while in California. According to Trujillo’s sister-in-law, Debbie Trujillo, two deceased individuals from New Mexico will have their floragraph displayed along with 72 other such memorials.

  • County cell phone policy approved

    San Miguel County employees are no longer allowed to use cell phones while driving during working hours under an administrative policy approved by the San Miguel County Commission this month.

    Many municipalities, including the city of Las Vegas, already have ordinances making it illegal to use a cell phone while driving for all motorists, unless the driver has a hands-free device. San Miguel County’s new policy, however, takes it a step further, even prohibiting its employees from using cell phones with hands-free devices while driving.

  • Teen dies in crash

    A Wagon Mound High School student lost her life in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, the Mora County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

    Brandilyn Vigil, 15, a resident of Mora, died at the scene of the accident near Ocate. Sheriff Thomas Garza said his department is still investigating the crash.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 31, 2012

    • The San Miguel County Safe-Ride-Home Service will be extending its hours of operation during the holiday season. Additional days of operation started Monday through Saturday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Service will still operate Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home in the Las Vegas area. Call 429-0336 for a ride.

    • Annual Polar Bear Plunge, noon on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at Storrie Lake State Park.