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Today's News

  • Looking Back April 27, 2015

    Friday, April 22, 1966 — Registration records at the San Miguel County Courthouse show 7,874 Democrats, 3,163 Republicans and 472 Independents presently on the books. Precinct 5B, Las Vegas North (West Las Vegas) with 766 voters, is the precinct with the most voters registered.

  • Don tracksters runners-up in Taos Relays

    Adding to their recent stretch of strong performances, West Las Vegas’ boys finished second to host Taos in this past Saturday’s Taos Tiger Relays.

    Taos won handily with 179.5 team points in the boys’ standings, but West outpointed St. Michael’s, Pojoaque Valley and the rest of the field with 79 points. Robertson was sixth with 36.

  • Vatos Advance

    Las Vegas Optic

    One week after reaching the National Small College Rugby Organization’s Elite Eight, the Vatos of NMHU punched their ticket to a second-straight nationals appearance in sevens rugby.

    The Vatos won a qualifier this past weekend in Wayne, Neb., and will have a chance to defend their NSCRO sevens national championship on June 4-5 in Philadelphia.

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  • Mora sluggers on the rise

    Mora baseball is an overnight success that’s been years in the making.

    The Rangers, coached by Manuel Benavidez, have built a record of 13-4 overall and 9-1 in district. Mora is coming off a sweep of Cimarron, 7-6 and 14-1 in five innings, and the team is eyeing a serious run at the district title and a spot in the eight-team Class 2A state tournament.

    This might be a breakthrough year. But it’s been a gradual, deliberate climb for a program that continues to toil in the shadow of the valley’s first love — basketball.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 27, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    Softball
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    •West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), TBA, Jacona
    •West Las Vegas JV at Rio Rancho tourney, TBA
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    Softball
    •West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley (DH), TBA, Jacona

    Track and field

  • A Board Divided

    Discord and infighting have plagued the West Las Vegas School board for months, culminating on April 14 with the resignation of one board member who delivered a blistering attack on the current superintendent and two board members.

    The discord that pervades many board meetings these days is a far cry from four years ago when the West Las Vegas School Board was named school board of the year.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Reflections of an Aries birthday

    If you saw ActYourAge! Wednesday at the Kennedy Lounge, you were introduced to the “Make a Wish on the Chicken” concept created by my husband Mark. Ten years ago I purchased this “objet d’art” made out of chicken wire and carried it home by bus from Chicago’s Mexican neighborhood to our loft in Printer’s Row. Mark took one look and christened it “Make a Wish on the Chicken.”

  • More families eligible for child care help

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has launched a push to get more eligible families to apply for federally-funded child care assistance and announced Thursday the state will expand eligibility requirements until late May
    The Republican governor said the effort is needed to get families to seek assistance for a program that some might not even know exists.

  • Tubman’s replacing Jackson on the $20 a deeply symbolic move

    By Deepti Hajela and Errin Haines Whack

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Growing up in Oklahoma, Becky Hobbs noticed some of her Cherokee elders wouldn’t even touch a $20 bill because they so despised Andrew Jackson. To this day, the 66-year-old songwriter pokes him in the face whenever she gets one.

    For Hobbs and many other Native Americans, the U.S. Treasury’s decision to replace Jackson’s portrait with Harriet Tubman’s is a hugely meaningful change.

  • Judge search continues in corruption case

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Two semi-retired New Mexico state judges have been nominated to oversee a criminal fraud case against former Sen. Phil Griego after a string of judges in Santa Fe District Court declined to hear the case.

    State prosecutors and Griego’s attorney agreed to recommend substitute Judges James A. Hall of Santa Fe or Michael E. Martinez of Albuquerque. Defense attorney Tom Smith says they are both active as substitute judges.