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Today's News

  • El Centro clinic warning about Hepatitis C

    New Mexico has the highest per capita Hepatitis C infection rate in the United States, and Las Vegas is one of the areas with the highest concentrations of victims, experts say.

    This is a problem that El Centro Family Health wants to tackle.

    Chris Ruge, a nurse practitioner with the El Centro clinic in Las Vegas, is taking part in a statewide effort called Project ECHO to identify and treat patients with Hepatitis C, a disease that causes liver problems.

  • Today is filing day for school hopefuls

    Las Vegas City Schools board members Elaine Luna and Philip Leger, whose seats are up for election in February, say they’re running again.

    For West Las Vegas, Christine Ludi says she plans to seek re-election, while most political observers say Ralph Garcia will be stepping aside after nearly three decades on the board.

    The only other announced candidates on the west side are David George Romero, a local businessman, and Mike Adams, director of information technology at Luna Community College.

  • College seeks to dismiss lawsuit

    Luna Community College contends it had the power to fire a former employee without going through the full disciplinary process because he was probationary.

    The college responded last month to a lawsuit filed by Hans Kuss, a former Luna student services counselor. It is asking that District Court dismiss the lawsuit.

    Kuss has claimed institutional racism that includes discrimination against all non-Hispanics who attend or are employed by the college.

  • Many go to Luna to shop

    The second annual Luna Community College Christmas Fair was the place to be Saturday. Las Vegans lined up to find those perfect gifts.

    Melissa Lopez, Luna’s educational adviser and activities coordinator, said there were about 52 vendors selling everything from jewelry, fine art, homemade bread, cakes and goodies, and lots of hand crafted knick-knacks.

    “I think it’s great because we have some pretty unique gifts here for people who have just about everything,” Lopez said.

  • Long line of kids await Santa

    The Coca-Cola Caravan trucked through town Sunday carrying the jolly old soul himself and plenty of giveaways for the kids. Children were also able to take free pictures with Santa.

    “Only a handful of stores in the whole country are selected to do this, and since one of the few times Las Vegas children get a chance to see Santa is during the Electric Light Parade, we brought Santa in from Atlanta,” Eileen Paternostro of Coca-Cola said.

  • Rangerettes roll past Penasco, Taos

    Two trips over the mountain.

    Two nice victories.

    The Mora Rangerettes are 2-1 after beating Peñasco’s Lady Panthers 53-44 last week and then nipping Taos 39-38 in a rugged overtime clash this past weekend.

    At Peñasco, the Rangerettes led 25-20 at the half before outscoring the Lady Panthers 17-2 in the third quarter for a cozy 42-22 advantage. Peñasco rallied, outscoring Mora 21-11 in the final period, but it was not enough.

  • Villanueva's Lucero in 10th at PRCA finals

    Martin Lucero, originally from Villanueva, and his partner JoJo LeMond of Andrews, Texas, are in 10th place in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association national finals’ team roping competition.

    The Lucero-LeMond duo posted a time of 10.5, trailing event leader Jake Stanley and Walt Woodard’s 4.1 as of Sunday.

    Lucero currently lives in Stephenville, Texas, but retains strong family ties to the Las Vegas area.

    The PRCA nationals are currently under way in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Cowgirls lose twice in Pueblo; Seanoa all-tourney

    Two losses at the Al Kaly Classic over the weekend in Pueblo, Colo., dropped the New Mexico Highlands women's basketball team to 0-3 on the season.

    On Friday, Cameron (Okla.) edged the Cowgirls 77-67, and on Saturday, Willamette (Ore.) downed NMHU 86-57.

    On the bright side, Highlands wing Oliana Seanoa earned recognition on the all-tournament team.

  • Rangers nip Dons in boys' hoops thriller

    MORA — James Porter’s layup with eight seconds left in regulation gave the host Mora Rangers the last laugh Tuesday night as they staged a minor upset of West Las Vegas 66-62 at Montoya Gym.

    Mora improved to 2-1, its lone loss having come in another nailbiter at defending Class 3A champion Pojoaque. Tuesday’s game marked West Las Vegas’ debut under new head coach David “Morgan” Montaño.

    The game ended much like it began — a furious offensive barrage by both sides.

  • Dons bounce back by beating Taos

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    TAOS — Adrian Rivera is off to a roaring start this basketball season.

    The West Las Vegas post scored 31 points in a monster effort against host Taos on Thursday night in the opening game of the Tigers’ own tournament. The Dons (1-1) prevailed 63-55 and will play Goddard at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the tourney semifinals.

    Tomas Benavidez added 12 points and Fabian Varela cleaned the glass for 13 rebounds to help West down the stretch.