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  • Noticias - March 6, 2013

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  • Sheriff Garza should go

    Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza is doing a disservice to his community by remaining in office. Not only are questions still lingering about the altercation he and then-deputy Lee Allingham had last year over a suspected DWI case, but now Garza has the state Attorney General’s office coming after him — with felony charges, no less.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 6, 2013
  • Work of Art - Is New Mexico missing again?

    A popular, long-lived feature in New Mexico Magazine is called “One of Our 50 is Missing.”

    It’s a collection of anecdotes submitted by readers whose state got short-changed by some non-New Mexican.

    In this “Missing” column, you’ll read, for example, about a flatland tourister visiting this state and expecting to pay in pesos rather than dollars, or of some phone rep, trapped in a cube somewhere, who tells the New Mexico caller that the company doesn’t ship to foreign countries.

    You get the picture.

  • State tournament brackets set

    Deliberations on the various state high school basketball tournament brackets consumed the better part of Sunday, as seeding committee members debated the most important rankings of hoops season — the  ones that decide who makes state and who plays whom in the tournaments that begin this weekend.

    The announcement of the New Mexico Activities Association’s seedings, which trickled out one bracket at a time Sunday afternoon, did not go by without some controversy.

  • Highlands baseball completes sweep

    Oscar Almeida struck out the last two batters, stranding Adams State’s potential tying run on second base, and the Highlands Cowboys edged Adams State 7-6 on Sunday in their series finale at Brandt Park.

    The win for pitcher Chris Prokupek (and save for Almeida) completed a four-game sweep.

    The Cowboys (7-5 overall, 4-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) are on a five-game win streak after having lost four of their first five games. And head coach Steve Jones is just four wins shy of the 500-victory career milestone.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 6, 2013

    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe High, 4 p.m., Whorton Field
    • Luna Community College vs. Lamar (DH), 11 a.m., Rodriguez Park

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • LCC vs. Odessa (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • RMAC Shootout semifinals, teams, times and site TBA

  • Fall from Grace

    For 20 years, Eugenio S. Mathis was a pillar of the legal system in Las Vegas, serving as a referee to opposing attorneys, settling family disputes and meting out punishment to defendants.

    That all came to a crashing halt on Thursday afternoon with news that the state Judicial Standards Commission had targeted him for removal from the bench for misconduct.

  • Messages reveal tension at courthouse

    Judge Eugenio Mathis believed that Jay Quintana, the ex-teacher who admitted to having sex with a student, should be required to register as a sex offender.

    He said he felt that Frank Alvey, a convicted child rapist, had been railroaded by the prosecutor who handled the case and by the now-retired judge who presided over it.

  • Luna election set for Tuesday

    Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to elect four members to Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees, and the outcome could affect President Pete Campos’ longevity at the school.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Up for grabs are the District 1, District 3, District 5 and District 7 seats. Three incumbents are hoping to retain their seats. In District 7, longtime board member Ambrose Castellano opted not to seek re-election.