Today's News

  • Dallas great Perkins set to speak at LCC

    Former National Football League and Dallas Cowboys star Don Perkins will be a guest speaker at Luna Community College’s “A Conversation with the Community” during the spring semester, said Jesse Gallegos, LCC public information coordinator.

    Perkins and Gallegos are working out final details on three possible dates for the lecture.

  • Ex-RHS player pleads guilty

    One of six former Robertson High School football players who face charges in a highly publicized hazing case has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

    Jerek J. Padilla, 17, pleaded guilty Tuesday as a minor to charges of criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy.

    District Attorney Henry Valdez said Padilla will face juvenile sanctions when he is sentenced, which could include being committed to the Children, Youth and Families Department until he is 21.

    As part of the deal, he could be called to testify against other defendants at trial.

  • LETTER: New year, new opportunity

    The economic meltdown is monopolizing the nation’s attention, and critical issues such as climate change have been pushed to the sidelines. It is critical, however, that substantive climate change legislation be passed quickly, certainly within the 2009 calendar year.

    While policy makers justifiably are concerned about our dire fiscal predicament, delaying climate change legislation is shortsighted.  Solving climate change and revitalizing the American economy go hand in hand. In no way are they mutually exclusive.

  • Santa Rosa girls top Mora

    A clash between two of the better Class 2A girls’ basketball teams in New Mexico bounced the way of the Santa Rosa Lions on Tuesday night.


    Santa Rosa outscored host Mora by nine points in the second half to come away from the Montoya Gym with a 52-40 victory. The fifth-ranked Lions improved to 11-5, while the Rangerettes slipped to 12-5.


  • Saturday WLV game lineup changed

    Saturday’s scheduled West Las Vegas-Raton girls’ basketball meeting has been changed to include just a varsity contest.

    The game will tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym. No junior varsity or C-team games will be played, WLV coach and athletic director Jose Medina announced this week.

    District 2-3A play begins this week for both WLV and Robertson.

  • Cowboy wrestlers 0-3 in Prescott amid solid individual perofrmances

    New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team lost all three head-to-head team encounters in this past weekend’s Embry-Riddle Mile High Duals in Prescott, Ariz., but the Cowboys did have some strong individual performances.

    Highlands lost 28-19 to host Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, 37-9 against Menlo College, and 39-8 vs. San Francisco State.

  • A Thoreau beating: Dons win by 20

    Adrian Rivera was an inside AND outside threat Monday afternoon, hitting four outside shots on his way to 21 points.

    Rivera and the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team cruised to a 74-54 win over Thoreau at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons improved to 10-7 under first-year head coach David “Morgan” Montaño.in the team’s last tuneup before the onset of district play. West plays host to Santa Fe Indian on Wednesday.

  • Martinez, Diaz, Armijo lead locals in Joe Vivian tourney

    A runner-up finish by Robertson’s Daniel Martinez and third-place outcomes for Wally Diaz of RHS and John Armijo of West Las Vegas were local highlights at this past weekend’s Joe Vivian Classic in Albuquerque.

    Defending Class 5A champion Rio Rancho — a squad featuring a couple of former Las Vegans — ran away with the team championship, racking up 249 points to Class 4A champ Belen’s 153.5.

  • Rangerettes send Bears into hibernation; Hope next

    It’s on to the semifinals for the Mora Rangerettes, who defeated Hatch Valley 56-39 on Thursday in the Hope Christian Invitational.

    Mora (11-3 and ranked fourth among Class 2A girls’ teams) will play tourney host Hope at 6 p.m. Friday for a spot in the final.

    “It was another good victory for us,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “We started out very strong — it was 23-12 after the first quarter — and we just maintained and finished strong.”

  • Man killed by train ID’d

    State police have identified a man killed in a train-truck collision just north of town.

    He was 35-year-old Michael Esquibel of Las Vegas. State police say he was crossing the railroad tracks on N.M. 250 when the Amtrak train hit his pickup truck Thursday. The crossing is designated with a posted rail road crossing sign, but no other controls.

    It was the second fatal collision at the site in the past four months. In September, 11-year-old Fred Stark of Denver died when an Amtrak train hit his car.