Today's News

  • Noticias - Nov. 2, 2011

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    • The Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the Electric Light Parade, the theme is “Christmas in Candyland.” Organizations that would like their events to be included in the Chamber Holiday Poster and Newsletter are asked to submit their program as soon as possible.  Parade float applications, event submission forms and volunteer sign up roster are at the Chamber of Commerce 1224 Railroad Ave. 425-8631.

  • Fighting the violence

    Las Vegas has endured a too-high homicide rate in recent years — comparable per capita to such troubled cities as Detroit. Still, such incidents seem far away for many of us who remain seemingly insulated from such violence.

    However, an attack last summer, retold in an article last week, brings this city’s crime rate even closer to home. It’s a bleak reminder of how fast someone’s life can be changed by the violent actions of another.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 2, 2011
  • Work of Art: 7 billion? On second thought ...

    One of the greatest features of my new toy, my iPad, is the ability to add “apps,” that is, applications that do different things. The one I like but can’t control is named, simply, “Population.”

    It resembles a car odometer. It’s digital, and the columns showing units and tens run fast. Last Friday, the last time I checked before now, the count was 6,9099,587,471. The time was 5:33 p.m. Watching the counter moving, I timed it for exactly one minute, during which the estimated population climbed by 148 people.

  • Cowgirls open RMAC tourney at FLC

    While the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team has enjoyed lofty national rankings this fall, unlike the Skyhawks’ first-round Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament opponent New Mexico Highlands, not much has separated them on the pitch.

    On Sept. 30 at Perkins Stadium, the Cowgirls lost 3-2 in overtime to Fort Lewis, then the No. 3 ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    Then on Oct. 23, the Skyhawks held on for a 2-1 verdict in Durango, Colo. FLC was ranked 14th at the time.

  • Gents unbeaten
  • Highlands women take NMSU to overtime

    New Mexico State’s women’s basketball team got a Halloween night scare courtesy of the visiting New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls, who pushed the Aggies to overtime before losing 81-75 in a season-opening exhibition game at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.

    Four straight free throws in OT by forward Tabytha Wampler sealed the win for New Mexico State.

    Whitley Coca paced the Cowgirls with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting.

  • Women’s rodeo team 4th at NMSU

    A strong effort in barrel racing proved key in lifting New Mexico Highlands’ women to a runner-up finish in New Mexico State’s rodeo Oct. 28-29 in Las Cruces.

    Unlike the previous three rodeos, NMSU’s rodeo was just a one-header, which means there was no short round competition. The NMHU women finished in second place just behind NMSU, while the men’s team ended up fourth.

    The event in which the most purple vests succeeded was the barrel racing, where NMHU captured second, third, fourth and sixth places.

  • State soccer quarters Thursday

    Uncharted territory awaits the Robertson High soccer programs, which play in the Class A-3A state quarterfinals Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

    The opponents are familiar, at least.

    Robertson’s girls play district rival Taos at 9 a.m. Taos owns two regular-season wins over the Lady Cardinals, including a 2-1 squeaker Oct. 11 in Las Vegas and a similarly close 1-0 shutout Oct. 22 in Taos.

  • 2-2A meet: Varela, Chavez lead boys’ pack

    Defending state champion Antonio Varela cruised to another individual District 2-2A title this past Friday in Pojoaque, continuing an exceptional autumn for the Pecos senior.

    Varela’s 15:17 time gave him his seventh win in nine races this season and staked the Panthers to a boys’ team title.

    Also crossing the finish line first on Friday was Mora sophomore Santiana Marrujo in the girls’ race. Marrujo finished the course in 20:08 and led the Rangerettes to a third-place team outcome behind Peñasco and Santa Fe Prep.