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Today's News

  • Principal: Expel six students

    Robertson High School’s principal is recommending the expulsion of six football players from the school district in connection with alleged hazing during a team camp, officials said Monday.

    According to a press release, Principal Richard Lopez made the decision in response to alleged wrongdoing during the four-day camp, which took place a couple of weeks ago. The expulsions are subject to a formal hearing process.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said the district has completed its investigation of the students. The state police are also looking into the matter.

  • Balderas says he wants to protect whistleblowers

    State Auditor Hector Balderas says he’s trying to make it easier to report fraud.

    He recently launched New Mexico’s first statewide fraud and abuse hotline, 1-866-OSA-FRAUD. The toll-free hotline allows New Mexicans to report suspected governmental fraud and abuse anonymously, without fear of retaliation.

    “By partnering with New Mexicans across the state and encouraging the reporting of fraud, waste and abuse, I firmly believe we can limit the financial scandals that have plagued New Mexico and save our taxpayers millions of dollars” Balderas said.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Unfortunately, hazing fairly common

    We all know about the “alleged” hazing incident which occurred last week involving the Robertson football team, and until the official investigation is over I believe it is important to use the word “alleged.”

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report for August 19

    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

    Elephant Butte: Aug. 8, James Koons of Silver City caught a 15-pound striped bass. He was using live bait.

  • Andino's cycle highlights Isotope slugfest

    Robert Andino hit for the cycle and notched five hits overall as host Albuquerque throttled New Orleans 16-8 Thursday night at Isotopes Park.

    Albuquerque (61-72) moved within a game of the Zephyrs for second place in the PCL American South.

    Andino’s cycle is the first for a ‘Tope since Derek Wathan did it in 2004. The Isotopes outhit New Orleans 20-15 and led 16-5 after six.

    The Isotopes'final homestand of the season continues through Sunday.

  • KICKOFF 2008: WLV soccer

    Building a program from scratch isn’t for the faint of heart. Perhaps that’s why West Las Vegas turned to RosaKay Carrillo when it decided to launch a soccer team.

    A former college player whose passion for the sport is a family tradition, Carrillo was entrusted with this construction project in 2007. The blueprint involved recruiting players generally new to soccer, developing their skills and waiting.

    Waiting for a home field to practice and play on.

    Waiting at least a year for the team to be upgraded to varsity standing.

  • LV boxer Crespin turns pro Aug. 30

    Las Vegas welterweight Arturo Crespin will make his professional boxing debut on Saturday, Aug. 30, as part of a full card at Sky City Casino in Acoma.

    It’s been a long time coming for Crespin, who has developed a strong reputation as an amateur fighter over the past decade. The 18-year-old West Las Vegas alumnus has long been trained by his father, Carlos Crespin, who also had a notable career in the ring.

  • The art of caring

    A tiny gray rock outlined in craggy black paint rolls against a stack of comic-book Stonehenge slabs.

    The stones expand in an exponential arc, a burst dam of yellow-red emotion mixed with icy blue spikes. The large abstract expression calls to mind subdivision sprawl, the furious cell-division chaos of mother earth egg and tractor sperm. Las Vegas artist Dakota Mills’ oil painting, “Reproduction,” asks the viewer to step inside the collective hive mind — an unsettling place of highway noise and microwave energy.

  • KICKOFF 2008: NMHU soccer

    Ron Blue invested much of the last few seasons building his team’s defensive backfield.

    Somehow, it up and vanished on him this past offseason.

    Time ran out for all-region goalkeeper McKayla Dorman, and for reliable four-year letterwinners Nikki Garcia and Nicole Parra-Perez, who helped the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team reach the postseason and develop a culture of improvement and growth.

  • Vigil, Ortega acquitted

    A jury on Friday acquitted West Las Vegas' former bilingual director, Roberta Vigil, and her assistant, Beverly Ortega, of charges that they cheated the state government out of money.

    It served as a setback for the state attorney general's office, which is trying to prove corruption in West's bilingual department during Vigil's reign.

    The jury's decision came after defense attorneys had argued that the state's case boiled down to office and small-town politics