Today's News

  • Forests to Faucets: A sense of urgency

    What used to be a green landscape to the north and west is now black with charred forests.

  • HU’s Rockhill 4th in UNK tourney

    New Mexico Highlands sophomore Robert Rockhill went 3-2 and took fourth place in the heavyweight division, highlighting the Cowboy wrestling team’s effort at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open on Nov. 19.

    Freshman 133-pounder Tre Humphrey compiled a 4-2 mark and pinned two opponents. He is 6-4 overall this season, including the opener at Oklahoma City.

    In the third-place match, Rockhill lost to Joe Alston of tourney host UNK via fall at the 3:54 mark.

  • Xplosion softball finishes what it started

    Finally, the Las Vegas Xplosion softball team has an offseason.

    The squad finished its extended run by winning its third consecutive U.S. Slowpitch Softball Association tournament, the Rio Rancho Invitational, last month.

    “It has been not only a toll on the girls and coaches but for the parents also,” said coach Michael Quintana. “It takes a lot of commitment and financial doing to support the girls in something they love.”

    Quintana said several girls had particularly strong efforts.

  • Fast start for WLV

    In the first game of the 2011-12 season, the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team made quick work of visiting Capital, 55-20, on Tuesday night at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West coach Jose Medina stifled the Lady Jaguars with a couple of defenses and unleashed a three-quarter-court press early, producing turnovers. West had its own turnover issues early, and neither side had a field goal until Capital’s Selene Gonzales’ bucket with 2:46 left in the first.

  • Cowgirls bounce Aggies

    Alyssa Lopez and China Smith led a balanced effort and five Cowgirls reached double-digit scoring Tuesday night in New Mexico Highlands’ 96-77 road victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State in Goodwell, Okla.
    Coach Tiffany Darling’s bunch is 2-0; OPSU fell to 0-5.

    Lopez made eight of 15 shots, including four from long distance, to score a game-high 20 points.

    Smith collected 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out of the game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 25, 2011

    No local varsity events

    • West Las Vegas boys at Fort Wingate (A,B,C), 1 p.m., Wingate
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Española (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 25, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

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  • After 30 years, ‘Frito Man’ retires

    Larry Janssen doesn’t miss getting up at 4:30 every morning.

    Better known as the “Frito Man,” Janssen retired this month after 30 years on the job delivering Frito-Lay products in and around Las Vegas.

    “It’s been a wonderful journey,” says Janssen. “I’m ready to move on to another one.”  

    At 63, Janssen has spent almost half his life working for Frito-Lay. And while he doesn’t regret it, he’ll be the first one to tell you that wasn’t his plan.

  • A Thanksgiving Tradition

    El Sombrero Restaurant has opened its doors to everyone in the community for a free Thanksgiving meal every year since 1996, and hundreds of area residents take advantage of the invitation.

    This year won’t be any different.

    But what does it take for the restaurant, owned by Helen Rivera-Gonzales, to pull it off?

    El Sombrero is cooking 14 turkeys and six hams for this year’s traditional Thanksgiving meal.

    That’s just for starters.

  • Police: $16K embezzled from store

    A Playstation 3 and Dell laptop computer for $5.74?

    It sounds impossible, but that’s exactly what Las Vegas police say a customer paid before walking out of the local Walmart with those items in July. On Friday, the former Walmart cashier who, according to court documents, handled that transaction and others like it was arrested on a single count of embezzlement, a third-degree felony.