Today's News

  • BREAKING NEWS: Man killed, police say; brother arrested

    Las Vegas police are investigating the death of a Las Vegas man.

    Michael L.  Maestas, 55, was found dead outside of his home at 922 Railroad Ave. early Monday morning.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said his department has arrested Maestas' brother, Joseph "JoJo" Maestas, in connection with the death.

    Gold said he expected officers to file charges against Joseph Maestas as early as this morning.

    Joseph Maestas is in the county jail.

  • Editorial: Funding is the big issue

    There are a number of men who have already have announced their intentions to run for San Miguel County sheriff. They’ll likely make the funding for the Sheriff’s Department a major issue in the campaign.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who plans to run for a second term, contends he has hit a brick wall with the county when it comes to getting more money for his department.

  • Robertson seeks efficient heating system

    The main boiler at Robertson High School was replaced soon after Las City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero called the situation dangerous.

    Now contractors are designing additional improvements to the school’s heating system.   

    The design for the heating system at Robertson High School is about 50 percent complete, officials say. Last year, cracks were found in the old boiler at the school, which Romero considered dangerous.

  • As It Is: Griego attracting notice

    I’ll start out by giving state Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, some credit. The rest of our local legislative delegation operates rather quietly in Santa Fe. You don’t hear from them often, even though most of them are the more senior members of the Legislature.

    Griego, however, does get his name in the papers. So he apparently is in the thick of the legislative battles. That’s good.

    In recent days, Griego’s name appeared in stories in relation to a couple of good-government issues.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A PURPLE PLATE. We imagine there will be many people jockeying for the lower numbers if Highlands University succeeds in getting its own auto license plates. This kind of plate, available to the general public for an extra charge, is along the lines of the kind seen around town boasting the UNM Lobos. Our proposed plate is prettier. Designed by Highlands public information director Sean Weaver, it features a swath of purple across the top, with “HU” in large letters and “New Mexico Highlands” at the base.

  • Bank buys historic building

    Community First Bank Las Vegas has acquired the Crockett Building -- better known as the historic Murphey's Drug Store.

    The building at 600 Douglas Ave. is one block north from the bank’s main office.

    The bank’s initial plans are to relocate its teller and new accounts representatives, loan department and senior management to the Crockett Building. The operations and IT functions will remain at the current main office in the interim.

  • Letter: Don't let up in the public land fight

    On behalf of the hundreds of interested people whom I have had the pleasure of working beside on the protest to what we define as an assault on the people of New Mexico, I would like to thank Attorney General King and his office, and the New Mexico Supreme Court for taking legal action against Public Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons and his office.

  • Graham in for NCAA meet

    Ranked third nationally in the triple jump and fifth in the pentathlon, New Mexico Highlands’ Angella Graham could be the school’s strongest contender for an NCAA Division II national championship.

    Graham qualified for this spring’s national indoor meet with performances at separate University of New Mexico-hosted meets this past month.

  • Raton routs Dons

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball team stepped into the cellar of District 2-3A on Wednesday, and former cellar-dweller Raton escaped at the Dons’ expense.

    The host Tigers surged late in the first half to blow open a close game, and they’d end up winning 65-48.

    With identical 1-6 district records and a split of the regular-season series, WLV and Raton are technically tied for fifth place. But because the Tigers won by 19 compared to  West’s 47-41 victory back on Jan. 23, they own the tiebreaker.

  • Highlands restructures scholarships

    Back in 2006, Highlands University established a tuition-free scholarship for freshmen called the Hope Scholarship.

    The goal: Increasing enrollment.

    The scholarship was available to first-time students regardless of age, financial need or their residence, although in recent times, international students have not been eligible.

    New Mexico high school graduates are eligible for the Lottery Scholarship, but must carry 12 hours and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.