Today's News

  • Editorial: Too many homicides

    Once upon a time, Las Vegas wore the infamous nickname Smack City, USA for the heroin trafficking in our city. Now we run the risk of being known as the small-town murder capitol of the nation.

    Since May 2007, there have been 11 homicides in and around Las Vegas. David Seiler, John Paul Gonzales, Manuel Ramirez, Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz, José Apodaca, Jasmine Garcia, Timoteo Jaramillo, Terry Greer, and, this month, Ernest Gutierrez and Kevin Duran — all died at the hands of another person.

  • Residents want emergency declaration

    A group of landowners is requesting that Gov. Bill Richardson declare a state of emergency in an area southwest of Las Vegas because 16 homes are now without water.

    The group is blaming the city of Las Vegas’ intensive pumping at Taylor Wells as the reason for residents’ water problems.

    El Creston Domestic Water Community Association, which represents the Ojitos Frios subdivision and other areas southwest of town, is asking the governor to enlist the National Guard to provide a short-term source of potable water.

  • Sheriff's deputy accused in attack

    A San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy is accused of attacking a man in his house earlier this month, but the sheriff is calling the charges false.

    Inez Bolivar, 29, 2405 Sagebrush, was never taken to jail for the felony domestic violence charges, which is unusual in such cases.

    Bolivar, who became a deputy three months ago, also votes with the City Council on housing issues as the representative of public housing residents. The council unanimously supported her for that position a couple of months ago.

  • Saturday detention planned at school

    Oh, no, not Saturday school!

    Yes, it’s official. West Las Vegas Middle School students will now be required to attend school on Saturday for discipline purposes.

    The school may not be all that bad. Remember the 1985 John Hughes classic, “Breakfast Club” where five students meet in Saturday detention and discover they have more in common than they thought?

    Principal Steve Sandoval told the school board last week that sometimes noon detention is not sufficient.

  • DAVE'S DRIVE-IN: 'Varsity Blues' may have you feeling blue

    There are low-brow B movies dressed up as sports cinema, and then there is a real fumble like “Varsity Blues.”

    A 1999 film written by W. Peter Iliff and directed by Brian Robbins, “Varsity Blues” chronicles what would happen if “Mutiny on the Bounty” met “Friday Night Lights,” except with far inferior character development, plot, dialogue, etc.

  • RHS golfers win in LA

    With a team championship and a score of 395, Robertson’s girls’ golf team has qualified its first of three legs necessary to make the state tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals took first place at the Los Alamos Invitational on Sept. 21. The team is five players deep with Jayme Quintana, Jamie Allen, Nina Martinez, Shannon Lopez and Karlee Bradley.

    Quintana shot a 91, placing second individually; Allen had a 93 for a fifth-place finish. Both players also received a first individual leg for state.

  • Work of Art: Not a hothouse plant

    A couple of nights last week might have been the coldest of the season. Whether it froze or snowed depends on whom you talk to. Regardless, many people needed to crank up their thermostats.

  • Zias blank Cowgirls

    Samantha Lawrence and the rest of the Eastern New Mexico Zias cooled down New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team with a 3-0 win Monday in Portales.

    Lawrence scored twice, including the Zias’ first-blood goal — 4:21 into the match — off a feed from Danielle Thurman. Thurman assisted the next goal as well, a Leslie Weber shot at the 9:43 mark. Highlands’ defense held up until the 46th minute, when Kandace Padilla passed to Lawrence from the right side for the last score of the afternoon.

  • Vegas man killed at home

    A Las Vegas man was killed at his house late Friday night, and authorities have already arrested another man in the murder, police said Sunday.

    Kevin Duran, 32, 814 Chavez St., was shot two or three times in the stomach area, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    Gold said police have arrested Louie Benavidez, in his late 40s, on an open count of murder. He said Benavidez was apprehended at mile marker 219 on Interstate 25, which is in the southern part of Albuquerque. Benavidez lives on the west side of Las Vegas, the chief said.

  • Grizzlies win turnover battle, spoil NMHU's homecoming

    Two quick turnovers led to Adams State points Saturday evening, setting the tone for New Mexico Highlands’ homecoming defeat by a 27-7 count at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands is 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. ASC is 1-4, 1-2.