Today's News

  • A shaky start

    San Miguel County has enjoyed solid leadership for years, both at the Commission and administrative levels.

    While some area governing bodies were entangled in nasty infighting or power struggles, the San Miguel County Commission has been working quietly and diligently getting things done. If we had to guess, we’d say that a large part of that success was due to the efforts of the last two Commission chairmen, Nicolas Leger and David Salazar, who were both level-headed and pragmatic in how they approached their roles.  

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 18, 2015
  • Work of Art: ‘Social promotion’ - it rankles

    Some expressions simply rankle. But even so, their overuse leads them to become part of the lexicon, which in turn works toward acceptance.

    Let me explain:

  • Cowboys, Chavez pound Hounds

    Momentum swung Highlands’ way, then to Eastern New Mexico, then back to the host Cowboys on Sunday as NMHU took a 10-8 win in the finale of a four-game baseball series at Brandt Park.

    Highlands and first-year head coach Shannon Hunt won the series three games to one.

    NMHU (4-3) hosts West Texas A&M from the Lone Star Conference for a three-game set that begins at 1 p.m. Friday.

    The Buffs are 7-2, and one of the losses came against then-No. 9 Southern Arkansas.

  • Another big week for HU track

    ALBUQUERQUE — After a successful Friday night at the Don Kirby New Mexico Elite Invitational, it could not get much better on Saturday for New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field.

    However, the sprinters took over to provisionally qualify multiple athletes in multiple events for the Cowgirls.

    “I don’t dare say ‘mission accomplished’ as we have a lot of work to do heading into the RMAC championships, but what a weekend for our athletes,” head coach Bob DeVries said.

  • Riders on the road

    Luna Community College baseball dropped three games at Western Oklahoma State College over the weekend in Altus, Okla. The host Pioneers prevailed 4-3, 14-3 and 16-10.

    Luna catcher Bronson Pulgados starred in Friday’s 4-3 nailbiter, going 3 for 5 with one double and scoring twice. Right fielder Brian Chaparro hit 2 for 4, both doubles.

  • Junior wrestling camp opens Feb. 23

    Area youngsters are invited to participate in the upcoming Junior Cardinal Classic Wrestling Camp, slated for Feb. 23-28 at Robertson’s McFarland Hall.

    Children of ages ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to participate. The camp and tournament will be overseen by Robertson coaches and wrestlers, who’ll be fresh off their state tourney.

    Cost is $25 per wrestler; families with multiple participants will receive a discount for each additional child. The fee covers instruction, tournament entry and a camp T-shirt.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 18, 2015

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLV
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), noon, Portales

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • County, attorney parting ways

    After more than two decades as the San Miguel County attorney, Jesus Lopez is leaving the position.

    “We parted ways,” Lopez confirmed last week. “I’ve been wanting to leave for awhile, after 23 consecutive years.”
    Lopez said he plans to concentrate on his private practice and do more trial work.

    “I will stay on with the county for awhile until they find other counsel,” Lopez said.

  • Exploring geology - Volcano expert to deliver talks

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An international expert in volcanology from France will shed light on local extinct volcanoes during a series of public talks at Highlands University beginning Tuesday.

    New Mexico has the most extinct volcanoes on the North American continent and Benjamin van Wyk de Vries, a geology professor at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France, will decipher local landmarks during his time at Highlands as a Visiting Ballen Scholar.