Today's News

  • Editorial: Petition a bad move

    LeeEtte Quintana, the associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools, crossed the line recently when she circulated a petition in favor of her husband, Jay Quintana, a Robertson High School teacher.

    Earlier this year, Jay Quintana was placed on paid leave after allegations surfaced that he had sex numerous times with a student. The district referred the matter to the police but also conducted  an internal investigation.

  • Editorial: Water rules correct

    The city was right to enter Stage 2 restrictions last month. It meant that residents will get to water their lawns only once a week, instead of twice.

    The city’s reservoirs have plunged to around 70 of capacity. Meanwhile, the city has been pumping 500,000 gallons nearly every day at Taylor Wells southwest of town.

    We had plentiful precipitation earlier in the summer, but it’s become drier as of late. And we don’t expect great amounts of precipitation in September and October.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Robertson, NMHU on short end




    Both the Cowboys and Ichabods demonstrated offensive balance on Friday night in Topeka, Kans. The home team just had a lot more firepower in an 82- 21 romp.

    Washburn improved to 2-0 and sent New Mexico Highlands to 0-2 in a dominant performance that churned out 534 yards of offense, including 284 on the ground and 250 through the air.

    That overshadowed an improved effort from Chad Roanhaus' Cowboys, who piled up 141 yards passing and 128 rushing, including a 103-yard game by Grant.

  • Dons football team learning new system

    Training camp has taken on a new meaning at West Las Vegas this fall.

    New head football coach Mike Ulibarri has made sure of that.

    Ulibarri wants his Dons football players to learn and embrace not only a new set of X’s and O’s but also a new mindset about playing the game.

    First, the latter. “At every position, you have to be a player, you have to be an athlete,” he says. What that means is a focus on helping the team, regardless of job description.

  • Subdivision approved after lengthy meeting

    The San Miguel County Commission this week gave a green light to a subdivision in Rowe.

    But during a more than two hour meeting on the issue, several commissioners wondered about the condition of the road that accesses the proposed development, known as Mesa Azul.

    Melvin Varela, owner of Anazasi MVJV, is proposing a 13-lot subdivision five miles southwest of Rowe, with each lot to be around one acre.

    Last month, the county Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the commission approve the the subdivision’s preliminary plat.

  • LETTER: Medical pot users should form group

    I want to start a support group for medical cannabis patients in Las Vegas. The state Health Department has told me that it is prohibited from helping me contact registered patients because of “privacy” concerns. It was the department that suggested I post a notice in the newspaper. I have been on the medical cannabis program here since 2007, and I still have not met even one other patient. New Mexico is one of only three states that allow growing and distributing (selling) pot for medical use. It is difficult and dangerous to try to buy marijuana on the black market.

  • Man crashes, charged with DWI

    A Las Vegas man was charged with drinking and driving after officers witnessed him get into an accident this week, state police said.

    Joshua A. Montoya, 21, was charged with DWI, his first such offense, and reckless driving.

    Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, state police officers noticed Montoya in a white pickup truck traveling north on N.M. Highway 518 near Sapello. He was allegedly swerving all over the road.

  • Chamber, hotelier in dispute

    A prominent local businessman is criticizing the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, saying its advertising strategy isn’t effective.

    In a letter to chamber President Matt Martinez, Wid Slick of the Plaza Hotel urged the chamber last month to buy a full-page advertisement in the New Mexico Magazine Vacation Guide. The publication would give the city visibility with 650,000 print copies and 2.5 million Internet hits, he said.

    Once the chamber puts tracking mechanisms on its web site, the guide will be the biggest source of leads, Slick said.

  • Cardinals 'a whole different team'

    A full offseason program — and a preseason uncomplicated by the troubles that befell last year’s team — have apparently made a major difference for the Robertson High football team.

    “We’re a whole different team from last year,” says RHS head coach Richard Martinez.

    Most of the players who took the field last fall are back, of course. But with stability back in the program, the optimism has returned to Cardinal country.

  • Assault charge thrown out

    Charges against a Las Vegas man have been dismissed in response to a legal motion alleging misconduct by the prosecution.

    Richard Encinias, 28, had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, having allegedly veered his car toward that of Ben Bencomo in an attempt to run him off the road.

    The motion to dismiss specifies two areas of misconduct — vindictive prosecution and withholding of exculpatory evidence, which tends to disprove guilt.