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Today's News

  • Chavez named bilingual leader

    New Mexico Highlands employee Rodolfo Chavez, Ph.D., will become the next president of the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education, or NMABE. He begins his tenure July 1.

    “We have a great opportunity to advocate and create the necessary national legislation to ensure that bilingual education will be at the forefront of the state and national agenda,” Chavez said. “It’s an exciting time.”

  • WLV yearbook recognized in Gallery of Excellence

    West Las Vegas High School yearbook staff was recently recognized for its 2008 yearbook into Walsworth Publishing Company’s Gallery of Excellence.

  • Reading program scheduled

    This year’s summer reading program will begin Wednesday, June 18. The program will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday for six weeks, ending July 23.

    Special events planned for this year’s program include a visit from Miss New Mexico, the Las Vegas Fire Department, storyteller Andy Mason, a puppet show, Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee, and Zoo-to-You.

    Participants who complete their reading log are eligible for weekly prizes.

  • Vigil handily defeats two rivals

    State Rep. Richard Vigil of Ribera handily defeated two opponents in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    Vigil, who has served for a decade in the state House, grabbed 2,064 votes, or 44 percent, in District 70, which includes Las Vegas, the Valley, other rural areas in San Miguel County and eastern Torrance County.

    Luna Community College employee Naomi Montoya came in second with 1,574 votes, or 33 percent, and building contractor Travis Regensberg finished last with 1,103 votes, or 23 percent.

  • Leger, Ortiz, Rivera win

    Las Vegas attorney Nicolas Leger edged out former City Councilman Richard Maestas in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    In the District 5 race, Leger got 573 votes, or 52 percent, to Maestas’ 534, or 48 percent. District 5 covers parts of the east and west sides of Las Vegas as well as much of eastern San Miguel County.

    Leger will face Republican Fred Romero in the November general election.

    Leger appeared to be better funded in the race, running many newspaper advertisements as well as radio ads. Maestas didn’t have much in the way of advertising.

  • WLV hires boys' hoops, volleyball coaches

    The waiting is over for West Las Vegas, which filled two major coaching vacancies Tuesday.

    David “Morgan” Montao was named head boys’ basketball coach, and Brian Gurule was tapped for the head volleyball coaching position. WLVS Superintendent Jim Abreu confirmed both appointments, which conclude months of search processes, Tuesday afternoon.

    Montao is an alumnus of WLVHS who starred for the Dons basketball program in the late 1980s. He has coached cross country and track, though he had been away from the district in recent years.

  • NMHU rodeo standout headed to nationals

    Score one for the New Mexico Highlands University women’s rodeo program.

    Christen Martinez, a 5-1 senior from Santa Fe, has qualified for the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo.

    Martinez will compete in the CNFR barrel racing event June 15-21 at the Casper Events Center.

    At stake are National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association titles and more than $207,000 in scholarships sponsored by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.

    Martinez has also competed as a breakaway roper for Highlands.

  • Memphis shackles Isotope offense; two more ejections for 'Topes

    For the second time in a week, Albuquerque Isotopes manager Dean Treanor found himself reduced to a spectator.

    Treanor and Isotope Andrew Beattie were ejected from Tuesday’s matinee game, a 7-2 Memphis win in the finale of the teams’ four-game series.

  • Ex-DA beats incumbent in judge's race

    Former District Attorney Matt Sandoval unseated District Judge Gerald Baca in the Democratic primary Tuesday.

    Sandoval took 4,475 votes, or 52 percent, of the vote in the Fourth Judicial District, which consists of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

    Sandoval won in both San Miguel and Mora counties, while Baca took 56 percent in Guadalupe County.

    No Republican ran in the heavily Democratic district, so Sandoval will run unopposed in the November general election. He takes office Jan. 1.

  • Residents focus on the sky

    More than 100 people gathered over the weekend at King Stadium to wait for darkness and witness the wonders of the night sky.

    Many telescopes were present at the Saturday event, as were representatives from organizations including Casa de Cultura, New Mexico State Parks and the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. Several were lecturing school-age children about basic astronomy and the science behind telescopes.