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Today's News

  • Leger, Lucero for commission

    San Miguel County’s government is arguably the best-run in the area. That’s to the credit of the county manager, his staff and the current County Commission.

    With two competitive races for commission in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, it’s important voters look at which candidates are best able to continue the progress and find ways to improve those areas of county government that are lagging.

  • Rival objects to candidate's presence in clerk's office

    A dispute has erupted between the two candidates for county clerk in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    Candidate Richard Medina is questioning why his opponent, Melanie Rivera, a county clerk’s employee, was in the office on Tuesday. He noted a county policy that mandates employees running for county office be on leave for 30 days before an election.

    Rivera, supervisor of the clerk’s Bureau of Elections, confirmed she was in the office for five minutes and that it was her first time there since she started her leave a few weeks ago.

  • Exceeding expectations

    A West Las Vegas student group took home scores of awards, but some members apparently thought they could have done even better.

    West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America excelled at the National Competition in Reno, Nev., recently bringing home 83 awards.

    Principal Josephine Romero said she was proud of her students.

  • Area man convicted of hurting girlfriend

    An area man has been found guilty of pistol-whipping his girlfriend in one incident and throwing her off a recliner in another, officials said.

    District Attorney Richard Flores reported that Russell Gonzales was convicted recently in a jury trial in District Court. He was convicted of aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence, Flores said.

  • Lawyer: State 'hiding' evidence

    The attorney for West Las Vegas’ former superintendent contends the state attorney general’s office has hidden evidence from a grand jury.

    Last week, Kathleen Love, attorney for Joe Baca, asked District Court in San Miguel County to demand that the state present evidence and witnesses to the grand jury, which is slated to be convened soon.

    Grand juries are rare in San Miguel County; most defendants get preliminary hearings in which their attorneys get to cross-examine the state’s witnesses.

  • Nine locals all-district in baseball, softball

    Nine Meadow City athletes were among those honored this week as all-district baseball and softball players for the recently concluded season.

    Robertson’s Faith Gallegos, Daniella Montoya and Kris Padilla, along with West Las Vegas’ Erica Moberg and Angelica Salazar, were named to the All-District 2-3A softball squad.

    Meanwhile, Robertson’s Nathan Klein and Jerome Encinias joined West Las Vegas’ Ruben Dimas and Jared Gallegos on the district’s baseball team.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': NBA has lost some of its luster

    How was everybody’s week and weekend with graduation festivities? Apparently we all survived. And as most know, the graduation parties are not finished yet. It appears it takes just as long to conclude all the parties as it does to complete the NBA playoffs.

    Keeping up with them? I am, now that my Boston Celtics have returned. Yup, I am a Celtic fan. Since the days of Russell, Cowens, Havlicek, Cousy, Bird and one of my all-time favorites, Jo Jo White.

    Memo to NBA officials: You run through the NFL and MLB seasons. Why? Does the season ever end?

  • Official: Evidence shows bias at Luna

    The head of a state agency has determined that a former Luna Community College employee has enough evidence to show he was a victim of discrimination.

    On May 20, Francie Cordova, director of the state Human Rights Division, issued a “probable cause” determination in the case of Hans Kuss, a former Luna student services counselor.

    The discrimination was based on race, national origin and retaliation, Cordova states.

  • Dispute may mean new election for trustee position

    Daniel Romero thought last week that a one-vote victory meant he would stay on the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees.

    Now it’s not such a sure thing.

    Romero, who represents the San Juan-based District 4, prevailed over opponent Louis Clayton during last week’s trustee election with 34 votes to 33.

    But Clayton has filed a protest, saying the utility didn’t meet a quorum requirement on voting day.

  • Isotopes regain offensive touch vs. Nashville

    Robert Andino, Tagg Bozied and John Gall each hit home runs Tuesday night as the Albuquerque Isotopes snapped a five-game slide by beating Nashville 11-3 at Isotopes Park.

    Pitcher Chris Seddon picked up the win to improve to 4-3, and Albuquerque boosted its record to 25-26 to remain a game behind New Orleans and two and a half games out of first in the Pacific Coast League’s American South division.

    The four-game series with Nashville (21-30) resumes at 7:05 tonight.