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Today's News

  • Letter: Understanding the pain of abortion

    Every religion tries to deal with how to handle human suffering. Last Sunday, a talk was given called “Motherhood Interrupted” at the Immaculate Conception church. The speaker, Mrs. Jane Brennan, whose website is www.motherhoodinterrupted.com, is an average American woman. She gave a woman’s view of having an abortion.

  • Students examine possibilities

    Buses from Belen, Cobre, Pojoaque, Bernalillo, Springer, Maxwell, Santa Rosa and other schools dropped off students to attend College Night on Tuesday.

    The event began a dozen years ago when Luna Community College invited students from Las Vegas and the surrounding area to bring in their juniors and seniors to see what the college offered.

    Highlands University joined Luna the following year, and officials say it has grown every year since.

  • East school district 'overbuilt'

    With declining enrollment, the Las Vegas City Schools district is “overbuilt,” an architect said recently.

    Albuquerque architect Kevin Balsier carried thick binders into a City Schools board meeting containing a draft of the district’s master facilities plan that will cover the next five years.

    Balsier wasn’t breaking any news when he said enrollment has been declining for a number of years.

    “What that has led to, in some areas, is the school district being overbuilt,” Balsier said.

  • Work of Art: Saintimental favorites

    It was wonderful yesterday writing about how next year’s Super Bowl will feature the Oakland Raiders pummeling Dallas by about 87 to 3. Yet,  family members who realize I bleed Raiders black and gray interrupted  the joy; this column needs to be about this year’s Super Bowl. Or so they say.

    Nevertheless, I wanted to convince family members that the Raiders will be in the big game next year. So I asked around:

    Oldest son Stan: No particular interest.

    Middle son Diego (Tennessee Titans fan): Raiders don’t deserve it.

  • Yup, baseball, softball have begun

    Keep the shorts and sunflower seeds in storage for the time being. Ski parkas and hot cocoa might be more in order.

    But yes, baseball and softball season is officially under way even amid the blizzard conditions that are still slamming the region.

    New Mexico Highlands’ softball team broke the ice — literally, sort of — on Tuesday by splitting a doubleheader with Eastern New Mexico, losing 15-6 but taking game two 7-0.

  • Letter: The substance of a politician

    The time to file for those who want to run for office is just around the corner.

    A young man recently asked me the meaning of a politician. I replied that people who run for office most generally do it because they want to use their education, talents, personalities and experience in life to help others. They encourage self-sufficiency, but at the same time fight for and support programs that give people a little push in the right direction.

  • Letter: Keep hard-earned revenue at home

    Perhaps Ms. (Councilwoman Diane) Moore is right in holding off awarding a contract to our current city manager. Perhaps we should try to hire a city resident to the city’s highest paid office. How many offices are we going to fill with out-of-towners, who pay taxes elsewhere and/or spend our hard-earned taxes (salaries) elsewhere? Recently, we’ve hired city attorneys, city managers, etc., from every town but our own.

    Can we try harder?

  • Letter: A final farewell to democracy?

    Recently five men in black robes took an action that may change the course of history. In ruling that corporations and unions have the same rights as persons to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns, the Supreme Court overthrew a century of practice and decades of legal rulings.

  • Cowboys dominate Wolfpack

    Roman Andrade scored 28 points to lead four Cowboys in double digits as New Mexico Highlands won its fourth straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game Tuesday night at Colorado State-Pueblo.

    A strong second half keyed Highlands’ 88-75 win. The Cowboys warmed up considerably from the floor after intermission, sinking 59 percent of their field-goal attempts in the second half after leading 36-31 at the break.

  • Letter: The meaning of a 'co-operative'

    Oxford dictionary defines a “co-operative” as “a farm, business, or other organization that is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.”

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative is violating the spirit of a “co-operative” by ignoring their members’ rights to discuss and agree upon plans for a six-line, 86,400 volt overhead installation that has been designed and scheduled (mid-April 2010) to run from La Cueva through the Mora Valley, along Highway 518.