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Today's News

  • District rejects low bid for bleachers

    An out-of-state company was the low bidder for a contract for new bleachers at West Las Vegas High School’s gym, and the district had already awarded the contract.

    Last week, however, the school board rescinded the low bid from the New York company because the firm came in with a change order right away to replace motors that open and close the bleachers at an added cost of $27,000, official said.

  • LETTER: Rec Center number is hard to find

    I read with interest the lead story on Monday Nov 24 detailing deficiencies in our city parks and recreation center.  The sad condition of the parks was one of the first things we noticed upon our arrival in Las Vegas over 11 years ago, when our children were of an age to care about swings and slides. I hope the task force recommendations will have an impact.

  • COLUMN: Change in city government

    “Change” is a key word during my administration as mayor of the beautiful city of Las Vegas. In early 2008, the citizens voted for that change, with new leadership and new direction. My administration continues to move forward in a proactive direction to effectively ensure the citizens of Las Vegas a quality city government. Today, we have implemented several initiatives to improve our city for the betterment of all Las Vegas residents.

  • Cowboys 2-0 after dominating Southwest

    Chris Dunn hit nine of 13 field goals on his way to a game-high 24 points Friday night as the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys beat University of the Southwest 94-74 in Grants.

    The Cowboys improved to 2-0 under first-year head coach Joe Harge. They play host to West Texas A&M on Tuesday evening at the Wilson Complex.

  • On a roll, NMHU hoopsters rough up Buffs

    They’ve got options aplenty on the offensive end, but the Highlands Cowboys really got their spark from the defensive end Tuesday night in a 90-70 dismantling of West Texas A&M.

    Highlands is 3-0 for the first time in years, and if there havebeen any questions about how dramatically this team has turned things around since Joe Harge took the helm, the Cowboys answered them Tuesday.

    Against a team that had outclassed them a year earlier, the Cowboys deliberately defeated the Buffaloes.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... GOOD REPORTS. The citizen-based advisory panels that Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has named in recent months are proving themselves valuable in highlighting problems facing our community on various fronts. Both the Parks and Recreation and the Plaza task forces have reported back to the Las Vegas City Council on the need to clean up and better maintain our parks and rec facilities and to improve the lines of communication between filmmakers and local businesses and residents affected by their activities.

  • City names new housing director

    Five months ago, the city let go six of its directors. Now one of those positions is filled.

    Last week, the City Council approved the hiring of Robert Pacheco as housing director. He previously served as the director of the Tucumcari housing authority for 14 years.

    Pacheco, who is coming out of retirement, told the council that the Tucumcari authority increased its annual budget from $200,000 to $1.2 million on his watch.

  • Feinsod wins division in UNC Open

    Jesse Feinsod's championship finish at 174 lbs. highlighted a solid performance by New Mexico Highlands University wrestlers in Sunday's Old Chicago Open hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

    Feinsod, who has been ranked fourth in NCAA Division II, was the top seed in his bracket — high acclaim in and of itself for the Cowboys senior — and dominated his first three matches to reach the final. He capped the day with a showdown against third-seeded Shawn Kuhlman of Fort Hays State and scored a pin at the 4:50 mark.

  • Officers involved in fire, murder case honored

    The community was in fear earlier this year after a 6-year-old girl was shot while sleeping, but detectives worked hard to apprehend the suspect, an official said.

    As such, Police Chief Gary Gold recognized his department’s four detectives during a City Council meeting last week.

    He also honored those officers who helped with the effort to evacuate people from two homes engulfed in flames a few weeks ago on Douglas Avenue.

    In his memo to the detectives, Gold wrote that the killing of Jasmine Garcia in her bed was “no ordinary crime.”

  • Woman helps fire victims

    With tears streaming down her face, Patricia Navarro recalled going to a friend’s aid after a fire destroyed her apartment and left her on the street to fend for herself.

    With an ironic twist of fate, several weeks later Navarro came home with her mother, Marie Frausto, after a long day trying to replace her friend’s belongings, only to find fire trucks surrounding her own home.

    On the night of Nov. 1, an alleged arsonist torched a two-story home on Douglas Avenue, killing Connie Vigil.