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Today's News

  • Crews monitor WIPP for radiation

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Officials checking the presence of airborne radiation at an underground site in southeastern New Mexico where the U.S. government seals away low-grade nuclear waste say surface tests have detected no contamination.

    Samples were taken at several sites around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after an air monitor found radiation on the underground levels of the facility around 11:30 p.m. Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a news release.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 17, 2014
  • Amtrak route worth saving

    It’s no secret that northeastern New Mexico’s economy is struggling. Many businesses throughout the region are fighting for their lives as area cities and villages shrink in population.

    It’s a trend playing out in rural areas across the nation as more people flock to big cities in search of jobs.

    Given the challenges this region is facing, we fail to understand Gov. Susanna Martinez’s lukewarm response to a plan that would keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief running through the region.

  • Another Perspective - Water projects critical for NM

    By Pete Campos and Ryan Flynn

    In November, Gov. Susana Martinez asked the Legislature to allocate 60 percent of the available capital outlay, or $112 million, to water infrastructure projects throughout New Mexico. The governor’s proposal is to fund projects that will improve watersheds and rivers, provide a clean supply of drinking water to New Mexico’s communities, make critical repairs to dams and invest in water research at our state’s public universities.

  • Dons grab district title in OT clash

    For the first time in a decade, the road to the District 2-3A championship in boys’ basketball must go through Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West Las Vegas (17-6 overall, 7-0 District 2-3A) clinched the regular-season district title — its first since 2004 — and the No. 1 seed in next week’s district tournament.

  • Jr. Cardinal Classic on tap

    The Robertson High School wrestling team and coaching staff will sponsor the Junior Cardinal Classic the last week of February.

    The Cardinals are coming off a runner-up finish in this past Saturday’s district championships in Tucumcari and are preparing for this coming weekend’s state tournament in Rio Rancho.

    The Junior Cardinal Classic is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Schedule is as follows, with all practices and the tournaments to be held at McFarland Hall on the Robertson High School campus:

  • Raton hangs on vs. Lady Cards

    Working for rebounds and playing heads-up defense, the Raton Lady Tigers scored a key district victory Saturday afternoon at Robertson, 55-45.

    With one week left in the regular season, District 2-3A squads are jockeying for position in the district tournament, which opens on Feb. 24.

    Robertson (11-14, 3-4) has been trying to keep pace with Pojoaque Valley for the No. 2 spot, but a skid could drop the team to fourth.

    A Sarandon Walton 3-pointer and a Shania Dorrance hoop provided Raton (16-8, 3-4) a 5-0 head start.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 17, 2014

    Monday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    Softball
    • LCC at Otero (DH), La Junta, Colo.
    • NMHU vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State (DH), noon, Cowgirl Field

    Thursday

  • Highlands can’t stop No. 2 Mesa

    At halftime Friday evening, the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team found itself down by just six points against the No. 2 ranked team in the nation.

    On the road, no less.

    But over the final 20 minutes, the game belonged to still-undefeated  Colorado Mesa (22-0 overall, 18-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). The Lady Mavericks outshot Highlands 52 percent to 28 percent in the second half to grab a 71-52 win in Grand Junction, Colo.

    NMHU slipped to 10-12 and 6-12 heading into Saturday night’s game.

  • Riders collect first win of spring slate

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College baseball team took one game from No. 16 nationally ranked Eastern Arizona Community College on the road over the weekend of Feb. 7-9.

    The Rough Riders’ lone win was the third game of the series, 7-2. They lost the second game of the doubleheader 4-1. On Friday, LCC lost 8-0 and 10-3. The Rough Riders are 1-7.