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Today's News

  • Another Perspective - Celebrate the sunshine

    By Kathi Bearden

    March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate! Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

    I care about Sunshine Week both as a citizen and as a former newspaper employee/publisher for 22 years. We relied heavily upon the State of New Mexico’s strong public records and opening meeting acts to help keep public officials accountable and public bodies honest.

  • Dons go dancing - West Las Vegas returns to The Pit for state semifinal with Hope juggernaut

    ALBUQUERQUE — Cody Najar’s coast-to-coast layup had just gotten West Las Vegas within a bucket, 36-34, as the first half of Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal neared its completion.

    To the hundreds — perhaps thousands — of West Las Vegas fans in attendance, it felt like an exclamation point for the half, not to mention a Dons comeback from what had been an 11-point deficit six minutes earlier.

  • Weekend Roundup - Lady Cards open by winning Prep softball tourney - March 17

    Spring is bringing fresh hope for the Robertson softball program, which opened by winning the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational over the weekend in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals completed their tournament with a 16-2 romp over Albuquerque Academy on Saturday.

    Academy had won its pool and RHS had won the other to set up the contest.

    Robertson slammed Estancia 24-7 on Friday, finishing on Bryanna Duran’s walkoff grand slam. The Lady Cards then edged Rehoboth in an 18-17 shootout.

  • McPherson national champ

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Winning a national championship in track and field is difficult enough, but to do it as a freshman makes it more special.

    Shanice McPherson, one of only three first-year athletes in the long jump and one of only two to make the event finals, led from the third leap and never looked back as she took the Division II long jump title on Friday. She became the second athlete in Cowgirls history — for the third time overall — to win an NCAA Indoor Championship.

  • Lobos 3-peat in Sin City

    By W.G. Ramirez
    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — New Mexico won the Mountain West Conference tournament the last two seasons, and the Lobos weren’t prepared to let the title go.

    Trailing by one with a little more than a minute left, Cameron Bairstow scored five of the Lobos’ last eight points to help 20th-ranked New Mexico win its third consecutive tournament title, with a 64-58 victory over No. 8 San Diego State in Saturday’s championship game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 17, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., WLV field
    •  Robertson JV at Santa Rosa (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Rosa
    Softball
    • Robertson JV vs. Capital, 4 p.m., RHS field

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Tucumcari, 5 p.m. (NEW TIME), WLV field
    Softball
    • Robertson at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas JV at Portales (DH), 4 p.m., Portales
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Eagle Ridge (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

  • Drilling law hits hurdle

    San Miguel County’s own Planning and Zoning Commission is urging county commissioners to slow down on the proposed oil and gas ordinance, effectively saying they don’t feel it is ready for prime time.

  • It’s official - Gov signs Bradner funding

    Water storage capabilities have been a long-running issue in Las Vegas for years. On Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill appropriating $10 million to increase the storage capacity of Bradner Reservoir. The signing was part of a celebration on at Plaza Park. Martinez said that although the amount falls short of the city’s goal of $16 million, she has a plan for the additional $6 million. The signed bill is an $89 million capital outlay bill to improve the dilapidated drinking water infrastructure throughout the state.

  • Candidates file for June primary

    Barring an unlikely challenge from a third-party, independent or write-in candidate, San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera will sail into office as a magistrate judge, facing no opposition in the June primary or November’s general election.

    Rivera, a Democrat, is the only candidate who filed Tuesday to run for San Miguel County’s Division 2 magistrate post.

    That seat is currently held by Chris Najar, who is retiring when his term ends on Dec. 31.

    The primary election is on June 3, with the general election taking place in November.

  • Enrollment reaches 15K

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The Obama administration reports about 15,000 New Mexicans have signed up for health insurance plans through a federal online marketplace during its first five months of operation.

    The enrollment figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed about 3,400 people signed up during February. Open enrollment ends this month.

    New Mexico is using the federally operated website to enroll individuals. Businesses can enroll through a state-run exchange.