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Today's News

  • Cowgirls fall in pod play

    In a reversal of fortune, the Highlands softball team found itself battling through a four-game slide over the weekend just days after having won its sixth consecutive game.

    On Saturday, Colorado-Colorado Springs dealt the Cowgirls a 13-4 defeat after holding them to five hits.

    Korey Kulpins (9-4) went six innings for the Mountain Lions and gave up just one earned run. That offset a good game by Highlands’ Dominique Padilla, who went 3 for 3 at the plate with two runs batted in.

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  • Cowboys secure series vs. Regis

    Morgan McCasland, E.J. Stanton and Joe Cervantes all hit home runs for New Mexico Highlands in Saturday’s early game with Regis.

    The long bombs paid off and allowed the Cowboys to keep a lead in the face of Ty Overboe’s three-run homer for Regis in the final inning.

    Highlands held on for a 6-4 win and then went on to beat the visiting Rangers in the nightcap. The Cowboys’ third straight win over Regis left them hunting a series sweep on Sunday afternoon, after this issue went to press.

  • UConn, Kentucky to vie for NCAA title

    The Associated Press

    ARLINGTON, Texas  — Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger.

    The Huskies had just beaten overall No. 1 seed Florida 63-53 on Saturday in the Final Four. But Napier’s gesture had another meaning.

    “One more to go,” the first-team All-American said.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 7, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV vs. Pojoaque (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    • West Las Vegas JV at Santa Rosa (DH), 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at McCurdy, 4 p.m., Española
    • Las Vegas Little League (see schedule)
    Softball
    * Robertson JV at. Pojoaque (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona
    • Las Vegas Little League (see schedule)

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    •  West Las Vegas at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • Las Vegas Little League (see schedule)

  • Softball tourney April 26

    The Abe Montoya Recreation center is hosting a co-ed softball tournament on Saturday, April 26, at Rodriguez Park’s softball complex. Pool play will start at 8 a.m., to be followed by a single-elimination tourney. The deadline to register will be 8 p.m. April 23 at the Rec. Entry fee is $100 per team, and each team is allowed up to 14 players. Ages allowed are 16 and older. Those with questions are advised to contact Kim Baros, 426-3191 (office) or 470-3347 (cell, call or text).

  • Castañeda Hotel deal a go

    Break out the champagne.

    Arizona hotelier Alan Affeldt is moving forward with his plans to purchase the historic Castañeda Hotel, with the deal scheduled to close on Tuesday.

    And Gov. Susana Martinez and other state officials will be in Las Vegas on April 14 for a celebration to mark the milestone and welcome the new owners, Affeldt, Tina Mion and Daniel Lutzick. MainStreet de Las Vegas sent out invitations Thursday inviting the entire community to the event.

  • Two vying to head East schools

    Two familiar longtime educators are in the running for the superintendent position at Las Vegas City Schools.

    Barbara Perea Casey and Ruben Cordova recently submitted their applications for the position and both will be interviewed by the board on Saturday. Board President Gloria Lovato Pacheco said the board received three applications, although one of the applicants — a current principal at the district — did not meet the minimum qualifications.

  • Public service project
  • Conchas area ranchers for drilling

    CONCHAS DAM — San Miguel County commissioners got an earful from constituents Wednesday on the draft oil and gas ordinance that they are considering.

    But this time around, most of the speakers complained that the proposed ordinance goes too far in its efforts to regulate oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County, and that it is so restrictive that it amounts to an unlawful taking of private property without compensation.

  • Child welfare reforms unveiled

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Responding to what she called the tragic death of a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy, Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled more than a dozen policy changes and directives on Wednesday intended to reform the way child abuse cases are investigated in New Mexico.

    The moves came in response to criticism that the system did not do enough to protect Omaree Varela, who police said was kicked to death by his mother after previous reports of abuse.