Today's News

  • Title trifecta - Lucero, Yara join Montoya in winning state wrestling championships for Robertson

    Four state championships in four seasons. A 40-0 record that included a Joe Vivian Classic title.

    Rico Montoya added those glittering prizes to his resumé Saturday, setting the table for what could be a history-making final year for the Robertson High junior.

    Montoya pinned two opponents and then engineered a 14-2 clinic of a major decision over St. Michael’s senior Geno Palermo to win state over the weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • One game, two winners

    As they took to the court at Mike Marr Gym Friday night, the Robertson girls’ basketball players had an unusual source of support in the stands — their crosstown rivals, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    By virtue of their 42-38 win over Pojoaque Valley, the Robertson girls not only tipped the regular-season District 2-3A title to West Las Vegas, they also leapfrogged Pojoaque in the standings to finish second in the district.

  • Rangers battle to No. 2 in 2-2A

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    This season’s version of the Mora Rangers has been a pleasant surprise. Amid player transfers, youth, and one of the toughest schedules in Class 2A, the Rangers finished the season with an overall mark of 11-15.

    More importantly Mora secured a hold of second place in District 2-2A with a 5-3 record although they lost a 74-67 nailbiter to the Peñasco Panthers on Feb. 20. Despite the defeat, Mora is the second seed for the upcoming district tournament which begins Tuesday at Joseph Montoya Gymnasium.

  • Tough weekend for Highlands basketball

    Playoff hopes turned dim for New Mexico Highlands’ basketball teams, which suffered sweeps at the hands of Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian over the weekend at the Wilson Complex.

    Perhaps the bright spot of the weekend was the men’s close call (77-69) Friday night against Mines, the No. 11 team in NCAA Division II.

    The Cowboys got within two late in that game before the Orediggers (21-3, 17-3) put some distance between themselves and the ‘Pokes with the help of four free throws by Luke Meisch.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 24, 2014

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • District 2-3A girls tournament: Taos at Raton, TBA, Raton

    • Memorial Middle School boys at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • District 2-3A boys tournament: Raton at Robertson, TBA, Mike Marr Gym
    • District 2-3A girls tournament: Monday’s winner at Pojoaque Valley, TBA, Jacona

  • BREAKING: East board severing ties with superintendent

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has been placed on paid administrative leave for the remainder of her contract, and in a near unanimous vote, the school board decided Thursday evening to continue with Lydia Flores as interim superintendent.

    Mcnellis-Martinez has been on leave from the district since mid-January.

    At the Thursday evening school board meeting, board President Gloria Lovato Pacheco announced that McNellis-Martinez had declined to pursue a contract with the district.

  • $10M allocated for city dam

    In the waning hours of the session, state lawmakers signed off on a capital outlay package that appropriates $10 million for the Bradner Dam project.

    It’s not the $16 million that the city and others in the community had been pushing hard for, but city officials were nevertheless grateful for the money.

    “We’re thankful for any state and or federal dollar that we can use to offset rate increases,” said city Utilities Director Ken Garcia.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said he was elated with the funding.

  • Raising money for the hungry - Empty Bowls event is Saturday

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    Each year the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Samaritan House’s Casa de Samaritan Shelter provide thousands of meals to hungry families in the area. By serving hot meals and providing opportunities for social interaction and resource referral, these two agencies help people make ends meet and ensure that fewer people go hungry.

  • No surgeon on duty at Alta Vista

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has confirmed that it lost surgical and obstetric physician coverage in recent days, prompting it to put an alternate plan into place to deal with patients in need of those services.

    Hospital spokeswoman Linda M. Leyba said in an email Tuesday that obstetrics has resumed service. But that’s not the case for surgery.

  • City judge race taking center stage

    With no mayoral race on the ballot for the March 4 election, the typically quiet race for municipal judge is taking center stage.

    In past years, incumbent Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo has sailed into office, easily defeating his challengers. But this year the popular judge is facing stiff competition from Diane Moore, a former city councilor who has also enjoyed success at the polls. Also running in that race is Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings.