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Today's News

  • Weekend Roundup

    With a sweep of Pecos on Friday, the Mora Rangerettes claimed their fifth consecutive District 4-2A championship.

    Mora won 25-13, 25-14, 25-18 in the finale, held at Montoya Gym in Mora. Pecos had emerged from the weeklong bracket as the challenger to the top seed Rangerettes. Mora will play the District 1 runner-up, either Ramah or Navajo Pine, this week in a regional playoff.

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    It took overtime to eliminate the Robertson soccer teams from the Class 1A-3A state tournament over the weekend.

  • As It Is: Throwing money around

    Social Security is an immensely popular program. After all, we as Americans believe that everyone should have an economically secure retirement.

    But sometimes we need to curtail this program’s spending so as to ensure its survival for future generations.

    To their credit, President Reagan and his Democratic rivals got together during the 1980s to take steps to keep the Social Security fund solvent. They increased payroll taxes to make that happen — not a politically palatable choice but absolutely essential.

  • Union supporters march; hospital leader refuses proclamation

    Supporters of the Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s labor union had a message for the hospital’s administrator on Friday — negotiate now. And they took it directly to him.

    But the administrator, Richard Grogan, refused to accept a proclamation from the group. He told them all communications about the union should go to Alta Vista’s attorneys.

  • Vaccine unavailable for most people

    If you want to get a shot of the H1N1 vaccine, you’re probably out of luck for now.

    The local public health office only has a limited amount, and El Centro Family Health has none at all but is expecting some, officials said. None of Las Vegas’ four pharmacies have any shots for swine flu on hand. This reflects a shortage nationally of the vaccine.

    The Las Vegas Clinic for Children and Youth, a private organization, has the vaccine. It is available for children six months to 5 years and children 5 and older with chronic conditions, an employee said.

  • Candidate picks local chairmen

    Two area residents are serving as the San Miguel County co-chairmen of the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Allen Weh.

    Ricardo Rodgers and Rey Herrera have joined the Allen Weh 2010 team’s effort to mobilize New Mexico voters. Among other duties, Rodgers and Herrera will organize volunteers in San Miguel County and ensure that Weh’s local supporters turn out to vote.  

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

    thumb DOWN to ... A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT? The Mora school district deserves much criticism for its use of a big slush fund to the detriment of education. And we’ve joined in that chorus.

    But what about area state lawmakers who accepted thousands of dollars in gifts from the district, which serves one of the poorest areas in New Mexico? The primary recipients were Sen. Phil Griego and Reps. Thomas Garcia, Richard Vigil and Andrew Barreras.

  • State police: Officers taken off street

    The head of the local state police station disagrees with an attorney general’s finding that his agency is required to take arrested juveniles to youth jails in other counties.

    State police Capt. Toby Dolan said that as a result, his officers are being taken off the streets to transport juvenile offenders. For instance, his agency had to take three such youths to a lockup in Santa Fe last weekend.

  • Lawyers urged to assist poor

    Two-thirds of civil cases in the state district courts in San Miguel and Mora counties last year involved debts and foreclosures, according to court statistics.

    District Eugenio Mathis used that number to demonstrate the need for area attorneys to provide more pro bono work — in other words, offering their services to the poor without compensation.

    Since the Fourth Judicial District formed a pro bono committee last year, a number of lawyers have been active, Mathis said, but not nearly enough to help the large number of low-income people in the area.

  • Cowboys picked to take title

    A secret no longer, the New Mexico HIghlands men’s basketball team is the preseason favorite to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    After breaking a record for best single-season turnaround in NCAA hoops history, coach Joe Harge and his Cowboys garnered seven of 14 first-place votes in the 14-team league’s preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday. NMHU was 20-8 and 14-5 RMAC in Harge’s first season at the helm.

    Nationally ranked Metro State was the favorite to win the RMAC East and received five first-place votes.

  • Roanhaus, Rifilato to meet again

    The last time Chad Roanhaus and Ed Rifilato were at Perkins Stadium together for a football game, the Highlands Cowboys won a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship.

    That was 1999, one full decade ago, and Rifilato was head coach at NMHU while Roanhaus, a recent alumnus of the program, was one of the assistants. Now Rif is manning the sidelines at RMAC rival Fort Lewis and Roanhaus is coaching his old team.