Today's News

  • Star turn - Roybal, Branch guide North basketball teams to stirring victories; South pulls out late win in football classic

    Another year of North-South basketball and football is in the books, and this year, things held to form as the North swept to twin victories on the hardwood before the South took care of business on the gridiron.


    As she returned to the floor of the Wilson Complex — her home for years as head coach of the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls — Cindy Roybal had some old friends nearby to support her in what could’ve been the final game of an illustrious career.

  • Train Robbers grab first in division

    Look out. Here come the Train Robbers.

    A huge series win for the Las Vegas Train Robbers over Pecos League North Division rival Trinidad has given the Robbers the coveted top spot in the division.

    Will Walsh smashed two home runs and finished 3 for 6 with five runs batted during Las Vegas’ 13-5 romp at Trinidad on Thursday night.

    Ryan Lauer added a three-run homer and a solo bomb to help Atsushi Hebisawa record his fifth win of the summer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 15, 2013

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos Blizzard, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Tecolote vs. Yo Momma, 7:15 p.m., Havoc vs. Balls Deep, 8:30 p.m.; women’s division game, Scrubs. vs. Lady Hackers, 6 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos Blizzard, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • Crespin boxing in the other Vegas

    Arturo Crespin is headed to Sin City.

    The Meadow City middleweight will be boxing Christopher Pearson in a six-round match on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

  • Stonewalling hindering probe

    It’s been nearly two months since staff at students at Robertson High discovered toilets filled with dog food, floors covered with syrup and flour and graffiti on the walls, but the perpetrators have yet to face any consequences.

    According to a June 29 police report, state police have hit a brick wall in the case due to uncooperative witnesses and are considering it closed for now.  

  • On the front lines - Firefighter earns elite honor

    Leonard Lucero is no stranger to danger. As a wildland firefighter, Lucero is frequently in dangerous situations, but he does it to help others.

    Lucero, a Las Vegas native, has fought numerous fires since joining the force on March 15, 1988. So it’s no surprise that the recent tragedy in Arizona struck home. Nineteen firefighters were killed on June 30 when they became trapped within the Yarnell Hill Fire.

  • Magistrate accused of wrongdoing

    The state Judicial Standards Commission has filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking that Mora Magistrate John Sanchez be suspended and face other sanctions after it found that he engaged in ex-parte communications with the family member of a DWI defendant.

  • Friction at Luna ‘hurting morale’

    Officials at Luna Community College agree that morale is bad at the school and that good employees are fleeing.

    During Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, the announcement that Susan Grohman resigned late last week as director of the Health Sciences Department and that Conni Reichert had been named interim director prompted much consternation and finger pointing.

    “Why is there so much turnover?” board member Ernie Chavez asked pointedly. “I feel concerned because a lot of good people are leaving us.”

  • 2 decapitated in crash

    The Associated Press

    ESPANOLA — Authorities say two people in northern New Mexico were decapitated after crashing into a flatbed carrying a backhoe.
    Española Public Safety director Eric Garcia said driver Marissa Martinez, 19, and passenger Eric Romero, 21, died instantly Wednesday morning on N.M. 68.
    According to a preliminary investigation, the pair may have been speeding when it struck a van, ricocheted, then slammed into the trailer.
    The driver of the flatbed was released without injuries.

  • Student loan plan fails

    By Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing terms twice as high as when school let out.