Today's News

  • Rodeo fever: Four from NMHU in college nationals

    Jesse Estrada has had his share of thrills on the football field. As a star running back and linebacker for Robertson High, he played in multiple state championship games and scored a touchdown in the elite North-South contest reserved for the best of the best.

    But while he enjoyed the glory of the gridiron, Estrada — soon to be a sophomore at New Mexico Highlands University — says there’s nothing more exciting than trying to ride a bucking horse for eight seconds.

  • Vegas native attacked in Calif.

    Eddie and Frances Sisneros had planned to come to town last week to spend their summer in Las Vegas, as they’ve done for decades.

    But Eddie Sisneros, 79, was attacked  June 16 near his home in Richmond, Calif., in the San Francisco area. He’s in critical condition.

    The Las Vegas native was taking an afternoon walk in his neighborhood when a man reportedly approached him from behind and knocked him to the ground. The man repeatedly struck him in the head and the upper torso as he lay on the sidewalk, according to KTVU, an Oakland, Calif., station.

  • Madrid won’t run for mayor

    City Councilman Morris Madrid said three words made a big difference to him over the weekend: “Happy Father’s Day.”

    He said such words are as good as any to explain why he has decided against running for mayor of Las Vegas.  

    “I can’t devote enough time to being mayor for awhile, until my sons get out of school or I retire from my job (at the state hospital),” Madrid said Monday.

  • West club cheered coming into town

    Dozens of cars followed a West Las Vegas bus through town Monday evening, honking and cheering for a successful middle school club.

    West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America sponsor Brian Gurulé and his young team of champions stepped off the bus to a large crowd, who had caravaned from the Interstate 25 exit through town, led by police cars with sirens and lights blaring in honor of the two national titles they were bringing home.

  • NMHU heptathlete a three-time All-American this year

    New Mexico Highlands University junior Angella Graham earned her third All-American honor of the season with a seventh place finish in the heptathlon at the 2009 NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 21-22 in San Angelo, Texas.

    Graham had earned All-American honors during the indoor season in both the pentathlon and long jump.

  • County may owe state money

    San Miguel County may owe the state more than $200,000 it collected in penalties and interest from delinquent taxpayers that was supposed to have gone to the state in the first place.

    But county officials are hoping that the state will forgive the debt. Apparently, nearly all other counties have made the same mistake with penalties and interest.  

  • La Plaza champs crowned; All-Stars named

    Cubs fans, rejoice!

    Cubs fans in La Plaza Little League, that is.

    With dual victories in Saturday's LPLL majors and minors division championship games, the league's two Cubs baseball outfits finished a week of playoffs the way they began the week -- as No. 1 in their respective divisions.

    On Saturday morning, the minors Cubs took down the White Sox 13-1 for the title.

  • Stabbing reported in town

    A stabbing occurred in the 200 block of Union Street about 6 p.m. Monday, city police said.

    Police responded to a disturbance in that block and determined that there had been a fight. Officers arrested one person on a charge of aggravated assault, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    One person was sent to the local hospital as a result of the stabbing, police said.

    As of press time, police had no other information on the incident.

  • Two arrested in Mora Co. death

    A Rainsville man is accused of burning a Buena Vista Ranch man to death. The suspect’s wife has also been charged.

    Michael Strand, 22, has been arrested on charges of homicide and arson. He and his wife, Lila Fresquez, 27, both of Rainsville, are accused of aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and conspiracy. Both have been booked into the San Miguel County jail.

    They are charged in connection with the death of 59-year-old Roberto Mendez.

  • NMHU's Estrada hopes to make short go at national rodeo

    A strong effort by New Mexico Highlands University rodeo competitior Jesse Estrada has him in the running for the 12-man short go in the ongoing College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

    The show wraps up Saturday.

    • Jesse Estrada is in 10th place, at least for now, in the bareback riding category. Estrada, a native of Trementina (approximately 40 miles east of Las Vegas), has covered all three of his horses for the required eight seconds for scores of 53, 64 and 58.5. But there are more riders in the third go-round.