Today's News

  • Work of Art: Small teams slugged it out

    Eighty teams competed in the just-concluded New Mexico high school basketball tournaments for boys and girls. Eighty teams.

    Let’s do the math: There are five classes, AAAAA for the behemoth schools, down to class A, for those quintets whose players need to lead cheers, collect tickets and man the concession stand when they’re not on the hardwood.

  • Pro boxing card set for April 24

    Four Meadow City fighters will be featured in a professional boxing event coming to town in April.

    “Boxeo en Las Vegas” has been announced for the evening of Saturday, April 24, at West Las Vegas’ Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    The card is the first of Crespin’s Promotions, a newly minted operation of local businessman and boxing trainer Carlos Crespin.

    It’s the first pro boxing event in town since Lenny Fresquez brought Holly Holm and Terri Blair to headline a card in August at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

  • Letters: Support for bond issue

    On March 1, I attended the bond information meeting at the Pecos village boardroom.

    I was very impressed how our school superintendent, Mr. Roy Herrera, and the architects explained to the public in attendance the purpose of the bond.

    I was glad to see that parents who have children in our school were there in support of the bond.

  • Attorneys disagree over charter

    A former city attorney is urging the mayor and the City Council to accept the premise that voters didn’t pass a new constitution  earlier this month.

    Since the March 2 municipal election, the attorney, Danelle Smith, has argued that even though 56 percent of voters backed the charter, that wasn’t enough for passage. Rather, the city needed 60 percent for its adoption, she maintains.

  • Cowboys' 18-1 romp stands alone

    Some baseball teams would be happy scoring 18 runs in a four-game series.

    New Mexico Highlands got that kind of production in five innings Friday afternoon before the snow arrived, disrupting the Cowboys’ home game with Colorado State-Pueblo.

    Continued inclement weather and its effect on the playing fields wound up cancelling the remainder of the scheduled nine-inning game — and a three-day, four-game series between the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals.

  • Editorial: A project that won't end

    The multi-phase Alamo Street project has continued for years. The last few months have been particularly rough on Alamo residents.

    That’s because the contractor left a muddy mess when it put its project on hold in December. Residents have needed four-wheel drives at times to get to their houses. And a garbage truck got stuck a few weeks ago.

  • Weather scratches Saturday slate

    A last-second shot by Mother Nature gave winter a bit of overtime in northern New Mexico — and it put a number of spring sporting events on ice in the process.

    New Mexico Highlands University and the two local high schools had scheduled a full weekend of baseball and softball in town, but Friday’s intense snowstorm scratched those plans. Instead, many local sports fans stayed indoors and tuned in to March Madness hoops on TV.

  • Editorial: Hear from both sides

    At its recent meeting, the Las Vegas City Council struggled with the issue over whether local voters passed a city charter in the March 2 election.

    In our view, as stated in this space before, the overwhelming evidence indicated that it did pass. Fifty-six percent voted for the new city charter, and both the state constitution and state law mandate that only a majority is needed.

  • Sundevils burn Dons

    Ross Duran’s RBI triple to right field in the top of the fourth inning Thursday sparked seven straight runs for Española Valley as the Sundevils dropped West Las Vegas 9-3 in a non-district baseball matchup.

    The Sundevils led 2-0 midway through the second inning. In the bottom of the frame, Alex Branch singled to drive in Emanuel Blea, who’d gotten on with a double. West later loaded the bases but a flyout by Corey Archibeque ended the inning.

  • Three arrested on drug charges

    The Mora County Sheriff’s Department has arrested three men on drug charges.

    Emilio Romero, 21, of Sapello; Nicky B. Branch, 19, of Holman; and Joseph Valdez, 21, of Cleveland, N.M., were charged March 12.

    Romero faces charges of trafficking cocaine and ecstasy, conspiracy, tampering with evidence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Valdez is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and conspiracy, and Branch faces charges of conspiracy and tampering with evidence.