Today's News

  • Dons surprise Cards

    The error came for the West Las Vegas Dons baseball team, but this time they did not allow it to turn into several more. The team played focused, yet relaxed, and the Dons waited patiently for the payoff.

    The payoff?

    It came Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Robertson. The third-ranked Cardinals fell 7-5 and 7-4 at WLV Field.

    West is 4-9 overall but 3-1 in District 2-3A entering the week; Robertson is 8-5 and 1-2, respectively.

    Both teams were to play Pojoaque early this week.

  • University plans spending reductions

    Highlands University officials say they are looking at a number of ways to cut expenses, including starting an early retirement plan.

    President Jim Fries said his administration is taking a comprehensive look at the university’s budget to make sure it balances. He said the last time Highlands had an early retirement plan was in 2005.

  • State police making many DWI arrests

    Local state police officers made eight DWI arrests over the Easter holiday weekend.

    Four of the DWIs involved first offenders, while three recorded their second offenses and another a third, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    The state police have been encountering many repeat DWI offenders lately. In the weeks leading up to Easter, state officers caught offenders with their fourth and seventh DWIs, officials said.

  • THURSDAY STORY: Storrie may get fenced; state responds to local group

    Soon, if you’re going to fish at Storrie Lake, you’ll need a boat.


    By as early as next week, the Storrie Project Water Users Association may begin making arrangements to fence off the lake and large portions of the park, association officials say. That’s because the state refuses to renew its lease with the group on the same monetary terms and conditions as its previous lease, they said.


  • Cowboys complete sweep of Mines

    The 10th ranked Highlands baseball team made it a clean sweep of Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, downing the Orediggers 12-9.

    NMHU is 25-6 and 15-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    David Bustillos and Jason Carr both went 4 for 5 to pace the Cowboy offense, helping reliever Tyler Shaddy (2-1) to a pitching win. The game was knotted at 9-9 midway through the eighth inning, but Carr hit a three-run homer — his 12th — to push Highlands forward.

  • RHS netters take own event

    Dual championship victories for the home teams were the order of the day Saturday in the Robertson Tennis Invitational.

    It’s the second tournament win in as many weekends for coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi’s Cardinals, who also won in Carlsbad.

    The RHS Invite included teams from Belen, Portales, Raton and Sandia Prep as well as Robertson. West Las Vegas usually participates but is not fielding a team this year.

  • Ex-Vegas officer acquitted

    A former Las Vegas police officer was acquitted of charges of making inappropriate advances toward a woman while in uniform.

    On Wednesday, Robert Ortega, 36, was acquitted by a six-member jury in Magistrate Court on two petty misdemeanor charges of battery.

    According to state police, a woman reported that she was working at a service station on Jan. 24, 2009, when Ortega, who was filling up his car, asked her what was wrong. She told the officer that her former boyfriend had been harassing her.

  • As It Is: The last of the movie rental stores

    The days of movie rental stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Last year, Blockbuster shut its doors, as it has in many places around the country.

    Recently, we learned that Movie Gallery on Seventh Street is planning to close as well. That, according to the Yellow Pages, leaves no other movie rental stores in Las Vegas (unless you count the Redbox vending machine in Wal Mart’s entrance).

  • Highlands hikes tuition rates

    As officials hiked tuition rates at Highlands University last week, they said the school still had the best price for a quality education.

    President Jim Fries recommended a 7.7 percent increase for resident students or a $8.80 increase per credit hour. Non-residents and international students will see a 7.5 percent hike, to $166 and $216 per credit hour respectively.   

  • Letter: An enormous step forward

    I’d like to say thank you to Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich and Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall for having the courage and vision to stick to their principles and vote for supporting the health care reform bill.

    They and all the other Democrats who did have created a change in our government perhaps far larger than anyone yet realizes. Business as usual, through monied lobbyists and bought media, should be much more difficult. Perhaps these congresspeople have succeeded in loosening the grip of the big corporations on policymaking.