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  • Noticias - May 4, 2011

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  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Child dies of accident injuries

    DEMING — Luna County sheriff’s deputies say a 4-year-old Deming boy was fatally injured when a pickup truck moved as he was playing between the rear of the truck and a hydraulic utility trailer hooked to it.

  • Broker hired to sell state jet

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vowed to get rid of the state’s executive jet plane, and now she will have help from a Colorado-based aviation broker with international reach.
    The state General Services Department announced Tuesday that it awarded a contract to Wetzel Aviation Inc. to sell the Cessna Citation Bravo.

    Selling the seven-seat plane has been a priority of Martinez since she took office in January.

  • State gets $7M in tax program

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Individuals and businesses participating in a tax amnesty program owe New Mexico nearly $15 million and almost half of that already has been collected by the state, according to the Taxation and Revenue Department.

    Revenues from the program are expected to increase because the state is continuing to process about 3,600 cases.
    The tax amnesty program was offered last year to allow taxpayers to pay their unreported taxes

  • Pivotal moment

    So here we are, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s assassination. It’s a historic moment of great consequence — not for the “closure” it brings to the families of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, but for the pivot in our war against terrorism. To have killed the mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil — a death that came 10 years later, after a search that led us into two wars — means that we are at a turning point. Which way we’ll turn, however, or even if we’ll turn, remains an open question.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 4, 2011
  • Work of Art: Show us your hairline, Trump

    Birther. It must be awful to be identified by only one term: birther.

    By definition, a birther ought to be 1) someone who creates birth, 2) someone who bears a child, 3) someone like a midwife who catches babies, 4) a bad speller who offers choice sleeping accommodations to another on a Pullman train, or 5) the male child of another bad-spelling mom who expected a girl, whom she would have named Bertha.

  • Lady Card golfers rule district

    Jayme Quintana torched the Tucumcari Golf Course with an individual score of 79 on Monday, capturing an individual district championship and leading the Robertson Lady Cardinals to a girls’ team title.

    As a squad, Robertson’s top four girls combined for a 348, well within the 414 needed to make the cut for state.

    State championship is Monday and Tuesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

    “We played well,” said RHS head golf coach Gene Gurule. “We had a lot of wind in Tucumcari, but we did okay.”

  • State tennis tournament ahead

    The reward for a girls’ season that was every bit as good as expected and a boys’ campaign that surprised a few fans? Several high seeds in the state tennis tournaments for Robertson and head coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi.

    The tourneys begin Wednesday in Albuquerque, and because of how Sunday’s seeding materialized, Robertson has a chance to place multiple finalists in boys’ and girls’ singles and girls’ doubles.

  • Cards, Dons, Panthers make cut

    Three area baseball teams are headed to the state tournament, which begins this week.
    In Class 3A baseball, Robertson and West Las Vegas will join District 2-3A champion Raton in the state tournament, which begins this weekend at campus sites of the top eight seeds.

    One of that top eight, Robertson, is the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Socorro in a best-of-three series this weekend at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field. The Warriors are 13-13 overall.