Today's News

  • Players accused in second incident

    Two Robertson High School football players accused of sodomizing younger players with broomsticks during a football training camp last month have also been accused of bullying a fellow student last year.

    The victim reported the bullying incident to his parents in the last couple weeks after the football camp hazing allegations were made, Las Vegas Schools superintendent Rick Romero said.

  • 720th helped with Gustav relief

    Las Vegas was among a number of New Mexico towns welcoming home more than 400 National Guardsmen returning from a 12-day deployment to Louisiana, where they distributed food, water and other supplies to the victims of Hurricane Gustav.

    Brigadier General Kenny Montoya said the mission began as the governor of Louisiana asked New Mexico’s governor for help. He said after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, officials wanted to be prepared, so the National Guard went to the president and asked if the troops could be federalized.

  • City manager seeks long-term plan for streets

    Street crews have been busy filling potholes, and the city manager wants a long-range plan for city streets.

    “Our four-person street crew has been out in this last month filling in tons and tons and tons of holes in our streets. I have a list to share with you instead of reading it,” City Manager Sharon Caballero told the City Council at a recent meeting.

    Caballero said that after safety issues, the No. 1 issue during calls she receives every day are about the condition of city streets.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cowboys let one slip away at Mesa

    Up by 17 points late in the third quarter, New Mexico Highlands’ football team had its first win of the season in its grasp.

    Then disaster struck — as in 24 unanswered points worth of disaster — and host Mesa State rallied for a 34-27 win in the teams’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo.

    NMHU had built a 27-10 cushion with four minutes left in the third when things abruptly turned south for the Cowboys.

  • Report: Coaches knew about hazing

    Ray Woods, the former coach of the Robertson High School football team, knew about alleged hazing during a team camp last month, but the athletic director told him to keep law enforcement out of the matter for the time being, according to a top state police official’s report.

    The reports state that parent volunteers expressed concern about the alleged misconduct with the coaches, but the Monday-through-Thursday team camp continued.

  • Denver man dies in train collision

    A car and an Amtrak train collided on Rio Arriba Road north of Las Vegas early Thursday afternoon.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said that there was one occupant of the car and that the occupant was killed. The driver was Fred Stark of Denver.

    The investigation was begun by the Las Vegas Police Department, but was handed over to the state police when it was determined that the site of the accident was just outside the city limits.

  • Residents want water rights to stay in area

    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — at least when it comes to water.

    That was the message of several residents attending a state engineer’s presentation this week on the process for allocating water rights on the Gallinas River. They said they don’t want any water rights entirely eliminated from the community.

    The state engineer’s office has started sending out packets on its determinations on what water rights each user owns. Users can either agree with the findings or challenge them.

  • Cowboys at Mavs to open RMAC slate

    Nobody can accuse the New Mexico Highlands University football team of having cupcakes on its non-conference schedule this season.

    It’s been a tough start for the Cowboys, who opened with games at Fort Hays State out of the rugged MIAA conference and at Northern Arizona, a member of the NCAA Division I “subdivision,” formerly I-AA, one rung below the big schools. Highlands lost at FHSU 44-0 and at NAU 68-10. While the Cowboys have averaged 168.5 yards of offense a game, they’ve given up 550.5.

  • West rejects hazing suspects

    Four of the suspects in the alleged hazing at a Robertson High School football camp last month tried to become students at West Las Vegas High School.

    West’s principal, Gene Parson, doesn’t want that to happen. He decided Thursday to bar the four from entering his school, officials said this morning.

    Last week, a hearing officer for the Las Vegas City Schools, June Romero, decided to suspend the four for the rest of the year.

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report for Sept. 9

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Red River Hatchery Pond: On Sept. 1, Jonas Morrison, 8, of Peralta, caught a 19-inch rainbow trout. He was using a black/brown spotted Panther Martin.