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Today's News

  • Sticking with Ortiz

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 29, 2012
  • Work of Art - Covering your assets

    My friend Chad Boliek turned what might have been a criticism into an advantage. Recall my having mentioned in a recent column that I had planned and planted misuses of the English language?

    That week I received numerous e-mails, phone calls and hand-delivered responses to these assaults on the language, several people having caught expressions like “a blessing in the skies” and “cut off my nose despite my face.” But others, like Anne Kennedy, went beyond what I said was a deliberate misuse and corrected things I had not intended to be erroneous.

  • Cowgirls fourth in RMAC indoor meet

    Joining the elite of the league, New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team earned a fourth-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Championships over the weekend in Chadron, Neb.

    The Cowgirls compiled 102 team points, behind repeat winner Adams State (186), Nebraska-Kearney (126.5) and Western State (110) and ahead of a half dozen schools.

  • On to STATE!

    Eight area teams received the news they were hoping for on Sunday afternoon and are headed to the New Mexico state high school basketball tournaments.

  • Riders turning the corner?

    Luna Community College
    and Las Vegas Optic

    The Luna Community College baseball team followed a four-game split at Trinidad State over the weekend with a dramatic 14-13 verdict over visiting Dodge City on Monday.

    After dropping the first two games 3-1 and 7-11 on Saturday, the Rough Riders (8-13 ) bounced back on Sunday to win 14-0 and 7-3.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 29, 2012

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • LCCat Western Oklahoma, TBA, Altus, Okla.
    • NMHU at Regis, 3 p.m., Denver
    Basketball
    • Class 3A girls’ state tournament: Robertson vs. Hot Springs, TBA, Mike Marr Gym
    • Class 2A girls’ state tournament: Mora vs. Jemez Valley, TBA, Montoy Gym; Pecos at Texico, TBA, Texico

  • Fair warning or smear?

    Mayoral hopeful Tonita Gurule-Giron was fired from a managerial position at the state Human Services Department following allegations that she made false accusations against one of her employees and that she tried to get others who worked for her to do the same.

    The employee she was accused of targeting was Edward Tsyitee, one of her opponents in the mayor’s race. She accused him of sexually harassing women in the office.

    The drama unfolded more than 12 years ago at the local Income Support Division, where Gurule-Giron served as county director.

  • Parent says son assaulted by coach

    The mother of a West Las Vegas Middle School Seventh grader says an assistant coach there placed her son in a headlock and later tried to stick his head into a toilet on Wednesday.

    Frances Gonzales said the school’s administration tried to talk her out of filing charges, and she contends that the assistant coach was at the school on Thursday.

  • Wind blown

    Stacey Jaramillo was getting ready for class at about 9 a.m. on Thursday when she felt her mobile home shake.

    “It felt like an earthquake,” the New Mexico Highlands University student said.

    She looked around the house and soon went outside to discover that the strong winds had toppled part of a tree onto their double-wide mobile home, located on McRae and Silva Streets.

    She called her husband, Felix Jaramillo, at Pizza Hut where he is employed as a floor manager.