Today's News

  • Area schools, agencies take precautions

    Local officials are keeping a close eye on the national spread of the swine flu, but so far, there haven’t been any confirmed cases in New Mexico.

    Rick Romero and Jim Abreu, superintendents of the East and West districts respectively, are using the media and sending out letters to parents about what the districts are doing to keep everyone safe.

  • East struggles with budget

    The Las Vegas City Schools district is experiencing rising energy bills that are the rule and not the exception for school districts around the country.

    These are bills that are adding to the red ink, mounting to the tune of $500,000, an official said.

    Las Vegas City Schools business manager Myrna Garcia said the bill for natural gas in April at one school site was more than $12,000. The average monthly cost for gas district-wide was about $25,000, she said.

  • COLUMN: Nothing for something

    It’s time to  check the purity of the water supplied to the Highlands Regents for their meetings and deliberations. I propose this because there seems no alternate explanation for their irrational awarding of a $56,000 presidential pay raise — a 30 percent-plus increase.  

  • Ex-official recognized

    Barbara Ann Perea Casey, a former local school administrator, recently won the top award from the New Mexico branch of the American Association of University Women. The Grace Barker Award is the highest given by the organization.

    “I am very honored to have received this award because it summarizes what I have tried to do all my life — be a positive mentor and role model to young girls and women of all ages so that they know that they have worth and value, and that they can do whatever they want in their lives,” Casey said in a statement.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the staff and students of the Valley Elementary and Middle School, I would like to thank Sen. Pete Campos, Celestino Trujillo, Wal-Mart, and Pam’s Flowers for their donations to our school.

    I would also like to thank the Mariachi Paisano del Valle who came out to your school to perform for our school’s 40th anniversary celebration on April 8.

    Becky Gallegos



  • Message sent against underage drinking

    Regular customers of Allsup’s convenience store at Grand Avenue and Alamo Street may have been understandably confused by all the commotion at the store last Thursday morning.

    After all, the small parking lot was jam-packed and a couple of dozen people stood in the aisles on one side of the store. They included dignitaries such as San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil, San Miguel County DWI Prevention Coordinator Wendy Armijo and a number of state officials. They were on hand for the start of a new anti-underage drinking program.

  • Cowboys split with No. 2 team in nation

    Snuffing out an eighth-inning rally just in time, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys nipped Mesa State 11-10 on Sunday to secure a split of their four-game weekend series.

    As close as it was, it was a quality win for the Cowboys (33-16, 23-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). Mesa State is ranked second in NCAA Division II baseball, first in the Central region, and is the heavy favorite to win the RMAC. And the Mavericks had beaten NMHU five straight games before the Cowboys split a Saturday doubleheader.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cards, Dons both statebound in baseball?



    Seeding announcements were made Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association.


    Baseball teams from Robertson and West Las Vegas are going to the state tournament.

    But the young Cardinals and Dons, who showed marked improvement this season, have difficult first-round matchups waiting after finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in District 2-3A.

  • Mexican students to return home soon

    Mexican students at Highlands University will be returning home sooner than expected because officials expect the border to be closed in response to swine flu fears.

    “We are receiving information from the state Department of Public Health in terms of what they’re doing, and our health providers on campus are in direct contact with the state and will be following whatever guidelines that may be appropriate. So we are certainly monitoring the situation very carefully,” Highlands President Jim Fries said.

  • Vegas police find murder suspect

    Las Vegas police late Tuesday night apprehended a woman accused in the death of a local man.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, a former Watrous resident who was more recently homeless in Las Vegas, is charged in the stabbing to death Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, of Las Vegas, police said.

    On Tuesday night, Las Vegas police received a call of an intoxicated woman down at Lopez and Rio Arriba streets, Police Chief Gary Gold said. The woman was identified as Sanchez, who was taken to the hospital and then expected to be taken to the county jail.