Today's News

  • Lady Cards win Española Invitational

    Karlene Montaño and eighth-grader Annabella Miller finished second and third individually to help propel Robertson girls’ cross country to a team championship Saturday in the Española Valley Invitational.

    The Robertson girls won the meet with 48 points, holding off second-place St. Michael’s (66); West Las Vegas was fifth with 97 points. On the boys’ side, Pojoaque powered to a title with 26 points; Robertson (106) was fourth and WLV  (190) seventh.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Aug. 29, 2011

    • Robertson girls at Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • Robertson boys at Roswell, 4 p.m., Roswell

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • Robertson boys vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Robertson girls at Goddard, 3 p.m., Roswell

  • Povetkin is WBA champ

    ERFURT, Germany— Alexander Povetkin of Russia defeated Ruslan Chagaev by unanimous decision Saturday to claim the vacant WBA heavyweight title.

    The title was Wladimir Klitschko’s following the Ukrainian’s victory over David Haye by unanimous decision in Hamburg last month, but was declared vacant when the WBA elevated Klitschko to “super champion” status.

  • FYI - Sports

    Las Vegas Adult Softball League registration is under way for fall regular and co-ed leagues. Rosters can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $200 for an eight-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Games will be held on Sundays at Rodriguez Park complex. Deadline to register and submit complete rosters is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Games begin the first week of September.

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  • Scrubs hold on, win title

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital pulled out a 13-12 victory over Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl in the women’s championship game of the Las Vegas Adult Softball League this past Thursday night.

    The Bud team, which was seeking a tournament title for the second consecutive season, rallied from the 12-5 deficit it faced to start the fifth inning.

  • ‘Sin City’ trip cost West $17K

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    They stayed at the trendy Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino right on the Las Vegas strip and dined at places like Outback, P.F. Chang’s and the Rainforest Cafe.

    Among the cuisine enjoyed by the four board members and six school employees that West Las Vegas sent to the 12th annual Management Conference for Grant-Funded Programs in Las Vegas, Nev., last month were steaks, shrimp cocktail and the legendary buffet at Planet Hollywood’s Spice Market Buffet.

  • Senior Profile - Judee Gay Williams

    Whatever Judee Williams does — and she does a lot — she does it with exuberance and gusto. Tracing the course of her life is like reading a book that enthralls in its plot twists, beginning to end.

    Born in Dayton, Ohio, on April 25, 1941, to Edward and Franki Canby, Judee grew up during the war years. Her father was an artist, and a professor of photography, her mother, a homemaker. Her siblings, twins, Thomas and Richard and she spent their early years in Dayton.

  • Eyesore on Tilden Street torn down

    The city’s protracted battle to clean up the eyesore at 921 Tilden St. is nearing an end.

    Crews finally razed the dilapidated structure on Wednesday, bringing an end to its yearslong legal battle and relief to neighbors who have complained about the nuisance property for years.

    Among their concerns have been excessive littering, vermin, unsanitary conditions and fire hazards. Neighbors had also complained that the property was bringing down their property values.

    The recent occupant, Gordy Thatcher, had vacated the house several months ago.

  • Criminal custody case going to trial

    The woman who fled the country with her two children in February amid a bitter custody dispute with their father will stand trial on two counts of custodial interference, a judge ruled Wednesday.

    After listening to more than three hours of testimony, San Miguel County Magistrate Chris Najar determined that there was sufficient probable cause to remand the case against Rebecca Montoya, 29, to District Court for trial.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 26, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, Aug. 28 — Wednesday evening August 30, 1911, is likely to be a date long remembered by the members of Las Vegas lodge No. 408, B. P.O. Elks. On that occasion the building committee expects to let the contract for the new lodge home to be erected during the coming twelve months... The Elks have worked slowly but surely in the matter of building. The recent decree of the district court giving clear title to the lots on Douglas Avenue put at rest all doubt as to immediate construction.