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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Luna official charged in fight

    Luna Community College Trustee Ambrose Castellano has been charged in an altercation that occurred during a football game in October.

    On Jan. 20, Highlands University police filed a petty misdemeanor charge of battery against Castellano, 37, in Magistrate Court.

    According to court documents, Castellano asked a youth during an Oct. 29 football game at Highland’ stadium if he had a problem with his son. The boy reportedly replied that he did and that he was going to beat up the son.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... SOME PEOPLE STILL DON’T GET IT. There’s a large bank of handicapped-parking signs in front of the city’s recreation center and there’s often a car or two parked there illegally. That’s an indication that people often get away with it. And though the drivers predictably claim, “I was parked there just for a second,” the reality is usually much longer.

  • School moves up demolition list

    About six months ago, Sierra Vista Elementary was at No. 40 on a state list for demolition. The school building is now at number 14.

    Officials say a large part of that ranking is due to the condition of the roof. The school was built two decades ago.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said he recently spoke with an official at the state Public School Facilities Authority, who indicated that that ranking would go above 200 once the roof was fixed.

  • Write-in candidate protests City Hall's election procedure

    Write-in mayoral candidate Patrick Romero is protesting the city’s decision not to allow him on the ballot for the March 2 municipal election.

    Romero, a Las Vegas City Schools board member, filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in state District Court.

    Romero’s court filing names as defendants both the city and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez.