Today's News

  • Mayor may have lost ally

    No answers. No return calls. Just silence.

    During a City Council meeting this week, Councilwoman Diane Moore said she has struggled to get in touch with Mayor Tony Marquez. With the mayor sitting next to her, she said the mayor hasn’t returned any of her calls, even a message she left with Marquez’s wife.

    “I hope to get a response back,” she said.

  • Panthers walk line to beat Ruidoso

    Tim Baca turned in an exceptional night at the free-throw line, leading the Pecos Panthers to a 57-43 win over Ruidoso in the opening round of the Sandia Prep Invitational.

    Baca went 15 for 15 from the charity stripe and scored 21 points. As a team the Panthers were 25 of 29 from the free-throw line.

    Pecos led 13-9 at the end of the first period and extended the lead to 30-14 at the half. With the Panthers drawing early fouls, head coach Clyde Sanchez turned to his bench to hold the Warriors at bay.

  • NMHU posts offseason golf rates

    The Gene Torres Golf Course at New Mexico Highlands University has announced its offseason rates.

    The rates are in effect until Feb. 28, and can be viewed on the university Web site under www.nmhu.edu/golf .

    “We will be open this winter, weather permitting, and play will be on temporary greens,” said Steve Watson, Highlands University golf pro.

    The course is also selling gift certificates for instruction and play during the holiday season.

  • Dons put freeze on Ruidoso

    It didn’t take West Las Vegas Dons long to put their letdown in the Taos Invitational behind them.

    Tuesday night, the team throttled visiting Ruidoso 77-60, staying in control on both ends of the floor and improving to 2-3 overall.

    West senior Adrian Rivera led all scorers with 29 points. He has surpassed the quarter century mark in points in four of the Dons’ five games.

  • County presents priorities

    San Miguel County’s top priority for seeking state funds is an assessment of the county’s surface and groundwater resources.

    The county presented its priorities to state legislators at a meeting this week.

    All area lawmakers were invited, and state Reps. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, and Thomas Garcia, D-Ocaté, showed up. Sens. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, and Phil Griego, D-San Jose, didn’t; both reportedly had prior engagements.

  • Dons fall to top-rated Sundevils; Lady Dons advance

    Española Valley outscored West Las Vegas 28-13 in the decisive second quarter to blow open a close game in the first round of Capital High’s Al Almendariz Classic Thursday in Santa Fe.

    The end result was a 77-55 win for the Sundevils, the top-ranked team in Class 4A.

    Turnovers and poor shooting — particularly at the free-throw line — hurt the Dons.

  • Two commissioners bid farewell

    Gone are the days when San Miguel County government hired based on nepotism and political connections, a county commissioner said this week.

    County Commission Chairman David Salazar saluted two outgoing commissioners, Hugh Ley and Kenny Medina, for their efforts to make hiring a fair process in county government. He said the two worked with former Commission Chairman LeRoy Garcia to make such a change happen.

    Both Medina and Ley didn’t run for re-election because they can’t serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. Their terms end Dec. 31.

  • ENMU women defeat Cowgirls

    A scoring drought of nearly seven minutes doomed the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls Wednesday night in a 79-64 loss at Eastern New Mexico in Portales.

    Highlands fell to 1-8; ENMU is 7-5.

    The Cowgirls played evenly with the host Zias early on and courtesy of Oliana Seanoa’s jumper, trailed just 27-24 with 3:59 left in the first half. But eight straight missed shots and eight turnovers by NMHU helped Eastern go on a 9-0 run that ended on Jessica Armijo’s layup nearly three minutes into the second half.

  • Gambles a Las Vegas fixture

    If you want to find Al Valdez at home, you may want to go to his store, which he considers his second home.


    Anselmo “Al” and Adelina Valdez first met in the ninth grade while attending Las Vegas High School, and the high school sweethearts married shortly after graduation.


    After 55 years together, the couple has many fond memories of raising a family and running Gambles, one of the longest standing businesses in town.


    Anselmo says everyone in Las Vegas knows him by either Chemo or Al.


  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report Dec. 9-16

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Rio Grande: Nov. 29, Byron Bishop, 10, caught and released a 36-inch northern pike. He was using a 9-inch jerk bait.