Today's News

  • Work of Art: Putting on the trout

    “Don’t forget ‘truchas,’” Joseph P. Santillanes yelled at me as I parked on Douglas and he crossed the street.

    Was the personable candidate for San Miguel County sheriff inviting me to have trout with him at Charlie’s Restaurant or at Dick’s?

    Hardly. Santillanes was reminding me that in my frequent attacks in my columns on words we use around here I’d omitted “truchas.”

    “Why don’t you write about truchas?” he asked.

  • Editorial: Scrutiny deserved

    All candidates for public office should expect scrutiny when it comes to their voter registrations. It’s not too much to ask that a candidate actually lives where he indicates on his registration.

    But somehow, it seems as if politicians often struggle with such issues — the latest being District 1 County Commissioner June Garcia.

    For 15 years, she was registered to vote at 220 Delgado St. Her predecessor and husband, LeRoy Garcia, also listed that address.

  • Suspect's charges disputed

    Richard Baca, who is accused of killing another man last November, was charged with voluntary manslaughter.

    Now the district attorney wants to add another charge — shooting at or from a motor vehicle.

    But Baca’s defense attorney says the two sides already agreed to limit the charges to voluntary manslaughter.

    During a hearing Monday, former Deputy District Attorney Gerald Baca said he was assigned the case involving Richard Baca, 21, who allegedly shot and killed Benito Lemos, 22, on National Avenue in central Las Vegas.

  • Letter: El Valle residents all in same boat

    Your news article about the proposed wind farm quoted rancher Gilbert Ortiz as saying, “Those against the wind turbines fear the impact on the area’s scenery ... and will bring any type of fear tactic to the picture.” He also stated, “The bulk of these people have just moved in the Valley. They don’t have a stake here.”

  • Wagon Mound crime alleged

    The state police are looking into alleged embezzlement in Wagon Mound’s village hall.

    Last week, the agency sent a uniformed officer to the village hall to obtain initial information in the case, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    Around the same time, village officials served employees with papers informing them they were on administrative leave.

    “They probably picked that time because the officer was there,” Martin said.

  • Dons surprise Cards

    The error came for the West Las Vegas Dons baseball team, but this time they did not allow it to turn into several more. The team played focused, yet relaxed, and the Dons waited patiently for the payoff.

    The payoff?

    It came Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Robertson. The third-ranked Cardinals fell 7-5 and 7-4 at WLV Field.

    West is 4-9 overall but 3-1 in District 2-3A entering the week; Robertson is 8-5 and 1-2, respectively.

    Both teams were to play Pojoaque early this week.

  • University plans spending reductions

    Highlands University officials say they are looking at a number of ways to cut expenses, including starting an early retirement plan.

    President Jim Fries said his administration is taking a comprehensive look at the university’s budget to make sure it balances. He said the last time Highlands had an early retirement plan was in 2005.

  • State police making many DWI arrests

    Local state police officers made eight DWI arrests over the Easter holiday weekend.

    Four of the DWIs involved first offenders, while three recorded their second offenses and another a third, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    The state police have been encountering many repeat DWI offenders lately. In the weeks leading up to Easter, state officers caught offenders with their fourth and seventh DWIs, officials said.

  • THURSDAY STORY: Storrie may get fenced; state responds to local group

    Soon, if you’re going to fish at Storrie Lake, you’ll need a boat.


    By as early as next week, the Storrie Project Water Users Association may begin making arrangements to fence off the lake and large portions of the park, association officials say. That’s because the state refuses to renew its lease with the group on the same monetary terms and conditions as its previous lease, they said.


  • Cowboys complete sweep of Mines

    The 10th ranked Highlands baseball team made it a clean sweep of Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, downing the Orediggers 12-9.

    NMHU is 25-6 and 15-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    David Bustillos and Jason Carr both went 4 for 5 to pace the Cowboy offense, helping reliever Tyler Shaddy (2-1) to a pitching win. The game was knotted at 9-9 midway through the eighth inning, but Carr hit a three-run homer — his 12th — to push Highlands forward.