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Today's News

  • Cirque Montage to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Cirque Montage at 4 p.m. on April 10 in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Cirque Montage has a reputation for dazzling audiences with its traditional and cutting-edge circus acts featuring acrobats, aerial strap artists, balancers, contortionists, jugglers, acro-dancers and much more.

    Cirque Montage formed in 2005, features artists from Cirque du Soleil as well as new talent.  

  • Autopsy: dog bites killed NM man

    By Sue Major Holmes
    Associated Press Writer

    ALBUQUERQUE — Bites from a relentless pack of dogs killed a 55-year-old man with a history of seizures who was found lying unconscious along the side of a road while the animals mauled him, a medical examiner's report said.

    McKinley County deputies had to chase the dogs away so emergency medical technicians could help Larry Armstrong, who was found lying on the ground Dec. 8 in the small community of Sundance, on Navajo Nation land near Gallup.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press

    Police chief back in court

    LAS CRUCES — A federal judge is to hear an appeal Thursday from the police chief of a New Mexico border town who is one of a dozen people accused of being part of a gun smuggling ring that prosecutors allege bought weapons to send to Mexico.

    The suspended Columbus police chief, 40-year-old Angelo Vega, has appealed an order to hold him pending trial.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office opposes his release, and filed a response Wednesday to his appeal.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! FIRST THIS YEAR. A Las Vegas woman was charged with an open count of murder in last week’s stabbing death of her husband. Police say Suzanne Aguilar, 45, called 911 about a domestic violence incident in progress last Friday morning, and admitted stabbing Michael Martinez, 48, who died at the home on Salazar Street.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 1, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Don Miguel arrives, a dynasty is born

    For almost seven decades beginning in the 1860s, one family would dominate the social, financial and political landscape of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.  Their influence would be felt throughout  New Mexico, and would not end until the late 1920s.

    The sons of this Las Vegas dynasty would represent territorial New Mexico in Congress, and help ensure that New Mexico was admitted to the Union.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - The art of covering up history

    “If you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”
    -- Ernesto “Che” Guevara

    When the Spanish conquerors of Mexico burned all the Aztec books, they were eradicating a people’s history. When the American government sent young natives to Indian schools for assimilation, they were eradicating a people’s history.

    By the same token, when you paint over a social, political, or cultural mural, you are eradicating a people’s history.

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Associated Press

    The New York Times, March 29, on President Obama’s explanation for military involvement in Libya:

    President Barack Obama made the right, albeit belated, decision to join with allies and try to stop Moammar Gadhafi from slaughtering thousands of Libyans. But he has been far too slow to explain that decision, or his long-term strategy, to Congress and the American people.

  • Bustos reels in more acclaim

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    BEAVERTON, Ore. — The postseason accolades continue to roll in for Adams State senior Vera Jo Bustos, who on Tuesday was named a 2011 Women’s Division II Bulletin Honorable Mention All-American.

    Bustos is a graduate of West Las Vegas High and was a multi-sport star for the Lady Dons.

    Earlier this month, Bustos was named as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II State Farm Coaches All-America Honorable Mention for the second time, and to the Daktronics All-Central Region First Team.

  • Time out for community

    Not all their best moves are reserved for the hardwood.

    Visiting senior citizens at a local center and joining in a “Keep America Beautiful” clean-up, the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team has made community service a priority this offseason.

    The Cowgirls joined fellow Great American Cleanup volunteers in corraling an estimated 10 tons of trash.