Today's News

  • Grand Avenue project goes out to bid

    After years of planning, the project to improve Grand Avenue has gone out to bid.

    The bidding process is expected to take up to two months, and then work should begin after the winter ends. The project is slated for completion in the late summer of 2010.

    “The crews will work with business owners to provide access during the project,” said Kenny Lujan, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

    The road should be open nearly all the time, although it may be closed for an hour at times, he said.

  • As It Is: Remove the cloud

    Incumbents have a big advantage when it comes to raising campaign funds. Lobbyists and big business shower those in office with money.

    Just look at the last local race for state representative. Incumbent Richard Vigil got thousands and thousands of dollars in out-of-town special interest money. In total fundraising, Vigil raised $60,000 to Travis Regensberg’s $12,000 and Naomi Montoya’s $6,000.

    Regensberg got just one out-of-town special-interest donation, $500 from the New Mexico Federation of Teachers. Montoya got none.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On Sept. 6, Las Vegas citizens were rocking to the beat of the first annual Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival at King Stadium, right behind Camp Luna.

  • Cards, Elks both on rise in district

    Two of the most-improved prep football teams in the state meet up Friday night at Cardinal Stadium, each looking to establish itself as a legitimate contender out of District 2-3A.

    Robertson (4-3, 0-1) plays host to Pojoaque (6-2, 1-1); kickoff is 7 p.m.

    Under the guidance of coach Richard Martinez and staff, the Cardinals have built a winning record despite being a predominantly young group playing a rigorous schedule chock full of ranked teams.

  • Input sought on NMHU report

    New Mexico Highlands University is seeking public comment on its accreditation self-study report, which is part of the university’s comprehensive evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Highlands University was first accredited by the North Central Association in 1926 and has retained its accreditation since then.

  • Las Vegas native fights Friday

    Las Vegas native Michael Coca Gallegos is slated to fight his second professional boxing match Friday in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Gallegos, 31, will box as part of a card at the Orleans Hotel and Casino. His announced opponent is Lawrence Hughes.

    The card is headlined by a heavyweight battle between Oliver McCall and Lance Whitaker. Other bouts are cruiserweights Arthur Williams vs. Victor Barragan, junior welterweights Juan Heraldez vs. Ivan Diaz, and heavies Elijah McCall vs. Andre Carthron.

  • Twice as nice!

    Tuesday night’s cluster of lightning strikes in the Las Vegas area caused no known injuries, but the Robertson girls’ soccer team got a charge out of them anyway.

    Through the first 26 minutes and 12 seconds of Robertson’s home finale with Pojoaque, neither team could muster enough offensive chances to take control of the game. Then the first lightning bolts flashed along the western skyline, and officials declared a mandatory 30-minute delay.

  • Hometown Heroes: Principal returns to airwaves

    Martha Johnsen says she’s a “hometown girl,” and with the exception of working for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for about year and a half, she has always lived in Las Vegas.

    “This town has everything. We have history, we have the really fun notoriety, we have the architecture, many natural resources that are accessible and close by, and I just love the people. I love going out and running into somebody I know — I love that feeling and I don’t think it can be equaled,” Johnsen said.

  • Cardinals trounce Elks

    Beginning with a safety and punctuated by a forced (and recovered) fumble, Friday night's 40-7 Robertson football victory over Pojoaque belonged largely to the Cardinal defense.

    Consistently throughout the night, the host Redbirds harassed Elks quarterback Michael Garcia and they effectively shut down drive after drive from a Pojoaque team that has already eclipsed its previous best start to a football season.

  • Letter: LBJ's Vietnam, Obama's Afghanistan

    I’ve had mixed feelings about President Lyndon Johnson for the last 44 years. He contributed much to the welfare of American citizens but at the same time, he held responsibility for so many wasted lives in the rice paddies of Vietnam.