Today's News

  • La Plaza champs crowned; All-Stars named

    Cubs fans, rejoice!

    Cubs fans in La Plaza Little League, that is.

    With dual victories in Saturday's LPLL majors and minors division championship games, the league's two Cubs baseball outfits finished a week of playoffs the way they began the week -- as No. 1 in their respective divisions.

    On Saturday morning, the minors Cubs took down the White Sox 13-1 for the title.

  • Stabbing reported in town

    A stabbing occurred in the 200 block of Union Street about 6 p.m. Monday, city police said.

    Police responded to a disturbance in that block and determined that there had been a fight. Officers arrested one person on a charge of aggravated assault, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    One person was sent to the local hospital as a result of the stabbing, police said.

    As of press time, police had no other information on the incident.

  • Two arrested in Mora Co. death

    A Rainsville man is accused of burning a Buena Vista Ranch man to death. The suspect’s wife has also been charged.

    Michael Strand, 22, has been arrested on charges of homicide and arson. He and his wife, Lila Fresquez, 27, both of Rainsville, are accused of aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and conspiracy. Both have been booked into the San Miguel County jail.

    They are charged in connection with the death of 59-year-old Roberto Mendez.

  • NMHU's Estrada hopes to make short go at national rodeo

    A strong effort by New Mexico Highlands University rodeo competitior Jesse Estrada has him in the running for the 12-man short go in the ongoing College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

    The show wraps up Saturday.

    • Jesse Estrada is in 10th place, at least for now, in the bareback riding category. Estrada, a native of Trementina (approximately 40 miles east of Las Vegas), has covered all three of his horses for the required eight seconds for scores of 53, 64 and 58.5. But there are more riders in the third go-round.

  • NMAA board approves overhaul

    Changes both major and minor to the classification of high school athletics in New Mexico are on the way.

    The New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors signed off on a sweeping overhaul of athletic districts, with the changes to become effective in fall 2010, one year from this coming autumn.

  • Give him a hammer and some nails

    The doorway seemed an odd shape, but once inside, everything was conventional — sort of.

    Ignacio “Nash” Lucero, Las Vegan, contractor, builder, broker, home inspector, looks like a regular guy, but is far from it.

        Get this — Nash’s first “job” at the age of 6 was building a porch. Today, 85 on June 14, he’s still building, but much more than porches. Give him that hammer, some nails, a rough idea of what you have in mind, and he’ll build it, or tear it down, if that’s what you want.

  • EDITORIAL: City acted superbly

    The City Council’s approval last week of new rules for movie projects was an example of city government at its finest. All of the contributors to the final product deserve credit: the mayor and council; the advisory Film Commission; Community Development Director Elmer Martinez and his staff; City Manager Timothy Dodge; and the public at large, which provided valuable input.

  • Music for the soul

    If you happen to be a music fanatic like I am,  you probably have noticed that there are many different genres of music, ranging from soul and blues to the darkest and heaviest heavy metal. I like many different kinds of music but I draw the line at pop. (I have an exception for Pop because there are only a few singers that I like.)

    I am a huge fan of rock. It can be the oldies but goodies or the new rock that is coming out. Every band that is out there sounds different and the music is real.

  • EDITORIAL: Bad form

    During public meetings, our elected officials should handle themselves with a certain level of decorum. Last week, Las Vegas City Schools board Chairman Phillip Vigil fell short of that standard.

  • Road salt harmful to plants and animals

    ‘Carthago delenda est!” cried Cato the Elder, “Carthage must be destroyed!”

    And so the Romans did, reportedly by leveling the city, selling its surviving citizens into slavery, and then sowing the land with salt.

    The Spanish adopted a similar practice. When a landowner was convicted of treason, salt was poured upon their lands, spelling death not only for the resident plants, but also humans, and any animals, birds and insects that depended on those lands for their habitat.