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Today's News

  • Another Perspective - Rural NM not forgotten

    By Terry Brunner

    The recent economic recession hit New Mexico’s rural communities especially hard. Its impacts are reflected in New Mexico’s frequently reported grim social and economic statistics. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Mission area, the only federal agency with a specifically rural mission, is working hard to help rural communities help recover of from the recession.

  • Gonzales to lead Dons football

    West Las Vegas’ search for a head football coach reached its conclusion Friday — meeting a generally favorable response from Dons faithful and those who have followed the career of Adrian Gonzales.

    Gonzales emerged as the choice at West after a round of interviews on Monday. Also in the mix were two other New Mexico candidates — including one other local — and two from out of state.

  • Cowboys rally past Mavs

    Down 11-6 midway through the eighth inning Friday against archrival Colorado Mesa, New Mexico Highlands kept plugging away, trying to make something happen.

    Then something did.

    The Cowboys cut the deficit with a three-run eighth, and after holding the Mavericks in check defensively, they put together another three-run inning in the bottom of the ninth.

    The coup de grace was Matthew Chavez’s walk-off two-run double to lift the Cowboys to a dramatic 12-11 comeback win at Brandt Park.

  • Roundup - RHS softball 4th in tourney

    St. Michael’s edged Robertson 11-9 in a shootout of a third-place game Saturday in the Lady Horsemen’s own tournament in Santa Fe.

    The Lady Cardinals finished the weekend 1-2 and are now 5-2 overall this season under Adrian Jaramillo.

    Robertson had reached the semifinals but lost 9-7 to Raton on Friday.

  • Lobos one and done in Big Dance — again

    The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS — Another banner season for New Mexico has been tarnished by an early NCAA exit.

    The Lobos got a big game from Cameron Bairstow but never quite dug out of an early 16-point deficit, losing 58-53 to Stanford in the second round on Friday.

    “Not a lot of fun,” first-year coach Craig Neal said. “We’ve been here before.”

    Chasson Randle scored 23 points and No. 10 seed Stanford made an impression in its first NCAA appearance since 2008,

  • Mountain West: Much to prove

    By John Marshall
    AP Basketball Writer
    SAN DIEGO — Every year, it seems the NCAA selection committee is enamored with the Mountain West, giving teams from the conference high seeds in the NCAA tournament.
    Most of the time, they don’t live up to the billing.
    A year ago, third-seeded New Mexico lost to No. 14 Harvard and San Diego State was a No. 7 seed when it lost to 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 24, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson JV vs. Taos (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    Softball
    • Robertson JV at East Mountain, 4 p.m., Albuquerque

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Taos (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    Softball
    • Robertson vs. McCurdy, 4 p.m., RHS field

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson vs. Espanola Valley (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field

  • Hospital, union reach deal

    More than six years after employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital first voted to form a union, they finally have a contract with the hospital.

    Of the 184 employees covered by the union, 95 percent voted Wednesday to ratify the agreement negotiated by the hospital and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees-District 1199.

    For Amanda Vigil, a registered nurse who has worked at Alta Vista for 10 years, the new contract is a blessing.

  • Remembering a pioneer - Thal, pioneer surgeon, dies at 88

    Felicia Thal describes herself and her late husband, Alan, as simple people. But their life stories are far from simple. Alan Thal, a pioneering surgeon who adopted this area as his home, died peacefully last Friday at the family home. He was 88.

    But there is no doubt that Felicia Thal has lived her life to the fullest as well. She was named Cattleman of the Year in the early 1990s, and numerous awards honoring her work are proudly displayed on the walls of their living room, located in Golondrinas in Mora County.

  • Mold ruled out at old courthouse

    San Miguel County officials are still trying to determine what caused the foul smell that made employees in the Assessor’s Office sick on Tuesday, but they have been able to rule out mold.

    County Manager Les Montoya said that the Albuquerque lab called in to conduct tests ruled out mold on Wednesday.

    Besides combing through the Assessor’s Office, the firm went to the building’s basement and didn’t find anything of concern.

    The Assessor’s Office is located on the first floor of the old county courthouse building.