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Today's News

  • Water quality study completed in Mora

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A group of Mora County residents opposed to natural gas drilling has completed a baseline water quality study of domestic wells, saying the data will help track possible contamination from fluids used in natural gas drilling and production.

    A leader of the group, Kathleen Dudley, said it provides a defensible set of documents to demonstrate there are no drilling-related chemicals in area wells.

  • Governor battles tax hikes as lawmakers return to work

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature convenes Tuesday with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez already battling with educational groups over budget cuts and tax increases.

    Martinez planned to reiterate her opposition to tax increases during her first State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate.

  • West closing in on its master plan

    A master plan to the West Las Vegas Schools district is expected to be ready soon, according to Superintendent Ruben Cordova.

  • HU expecting state cuts

    Highlands University President James Fries said last week that the school is anticipating a reduction of 1.7 percent to 3.3 percent in state funding in this legislative session.

    The state legislature convened in a 60-day session Tuesday.

  • Educators rally at Capitol against budget cuts

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — On the eve of a new legislative session, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and educational groups were on a collision course over budget cuts and tax increases.

    More than 300 educators, parents and children rallied at the Capitol on Monday against budget proposals by the governor and a legislative committee to reduce spending on schools and colleges. They called for tax increases to provide additional money for public education.

  • Cowgirls debut at Lobo Open

    Several Highlands women’s tracksters fared well in the Lobo Open, hosted by the University of New Mexico this past Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center, to open the indoor track and field season for collegians.

    So did former Robertson high jumper Marin Schweigert, now with UNM.

  • Breakdown
  • Crespin getting title shot

    Las Vegas professional boxer Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin will get her first shot at a championship in February.

    Crespin is due to fight fellow featherweight Brittany Cruz of Denver for the vacant

    Women’s International Boxing Association Youth Title as part of a Feb. 12 card at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo.

    The match will have a format of six two-minute rounds. Tickets are available online via the Sky Ute Casino box office.

  • Growth we need

    We look forward to seeing the city’s master plan as it will surely contain some dynamic ideas on how to move Las Vegas forward. Annexation, we’ve been told, will be in there, as well it should be. Areas such as Camp Luna should have been brought into the city years ago.

  • Work of Art: He hasn’t been assassinated

    By Art Trujillo

    An exchange, ongoing for years, has caused me to run for the dictionaries, all because of a single word: assassinate.

    Bruce Wertz, a clerk for the Las Vegas City Schools, has assured me he’s still alive by giving me an unusual answer as to his health. I’ll ask, “How you doing, Bruce?”

    Invariably, he replies, “I’m OK. I haven’t been assassinated this week.” Then he tacks this on: “And if I had been, I wouldn’t be telling you about it now.” Really?