Today's News

  • Cowboys pick up two league victories

    Ron Lawton scored a combined 55 points in two games — both Cowboy wins — as New Mexico Highlands got into the win column for the first time this season in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    The Cowboys defeated Western State on Friday and then Colorado Mesa on Saturday, improving to 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the RMAC.

    Lawton made 10 of 14 field goals Friday as NMHU edged WSC 90-84 at the Wilson Complex. Atem Bior scored 21.

    Lawton and James Healy combined to sink five of six foul shots in the final minute to hold off the Mountaineers.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 21, 2016

    • Mora boys, girls vs. McCurdy, 2 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls JV Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española
    • Pecos boys (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 3:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls JV Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    No local varsity events scheduled

    No local varsity events scheduled

  • Banker ‘with heart of gold’ dies

    Ray Litherland, the former president of Community 1st Bank, who volunteered his time to local organizations and who, along with his wife, donated generously to local causes, has died. He was 85.

    Litherland, who had been in declining health following a fall in September, died Thursday afternoon at Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque with his family at his side. He had been on life support.

    “He loved this community and became very much a part of it. It was his home,” said his wife, Joyce.

  • Fostering generosity - Family gives to 100 foster kids

    Keith Griego and his family don’t hold anything back in this season of giving.   

    Griego, 31, grew up with parents, Mike and Iris Griego, who, besides raising their three children, also served as foster parents. The Griego family also adopted two children from the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

    “You see some of these kids coming into your home with nothing,” Keith said. “My parents would have to go out and purchase things for them. But before that they would come into our home basically with nothing.”

  • Vegas man facing 12th DWI

    State police arrested a Las Vegas man earlier this month on his 12th DWI, and state police are using him as the poster child for irresponsible behavior.

    “The tragedy of drunk driving continues to plague our communities because of the repeatedly irresponsible behavior of some,” State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said in a news release issued late Thursday.

  • West board chair won’t seek re-election

    The chairman of the West Las Vegas school board has decided against seeking re-election.

    David Romero announced his decision on Friday.

    “After much prayer and reflection, I have decided that I will not seek a third term on the West Las Vegas School Board,” Romero said in a written statement. “At this time, I feel that it is most important to focus on personal family matters that have presented themselves.

  • State’s top tax official resigns amid misconduct allegations

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The head of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department resigned Thursday after prosecutors raided her agency’s offices and seized her personal tax filings amid allegations she gave preferential treatment to a former business client.

    Gov. Susana Martinez accepted the resignation of Secretary Demesia Padilla and ordered the department to cooperate with an investigation by the attorney general.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 18, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 7 and Dec. 15:

    Danielle Abeyta, 29, three-day sanction, Adult Probation Office
    Marchelle Johnson, 22, probation violation: failure to report, Mora/Adult Probation Office
    Kyle Minard, 22, driving under the influence, driving while licensed revoked, speeding, no insurance, no registration, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, Mora County

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - O Little Town of Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    Last December we drove back to Chicago after the Electric Light Parade to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.  This year we are staying here to celebrate with family and friends. What a difference a year makes!

    Yes, some of you know I flew to Chicago for three days, but that was merely to bring back my crêche, my Swiss fondue pot, my mother’s silver candelabra, and Christmas stockings to hang by the chimney with glee or is it glühwein? In Chicago we don’t even have a fireplace.

  • Weather - Dec. 18, 2016


    HIGH 37° / LOW 7°
    Sunny, with a high near 37. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Sunday night — Mostly clear, with a low around 7.
    7:05 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 16°
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 16.
    7:06 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.