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Today's News

  • Martinez off to good start

    So far we just don’t see the Big Bad Boogiewoman that some feared would come out of Susana Martinez once elected. So far, we can only applaud the moves she’s made.

    First thing, shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, she signed executive orders that opened up state government, by prohibiting state departments and boards from hiring lobbyists, directing agencies to cooperate with any federal investigation and limiting the administration’s use of executive privilege to deny public records requests.

  • Work of Art: Tell me model, make, year

    By Art Trujillo

    Las Vegas Optic

    As a child, I’d spend a lot of time waiting for my dad to get off work at B.M. Werley Auto Co., then the Ford Dealership on Grand Avenue.

    I knew all the front-office staff and most of those in the garage. Remember, in those days, new cars were guaranteed to break at least once on being driven for the first time. That kept the backshop full and the crew busy.

  • Martinez breaks wins record

    Robertson High’s wrestling team returned from last week’s Silver City Duals with another team title.

    RHS senior Daniel Martinez came back with the school record for wins in a career.

    Martinez went 8-0 to run his career victory total to 202, passing older brothers Jake and Adam in the Cardinal record book.

    Oh, and as he’s done at every tournament to date this season, Martinez also earned Outstanding Middleweight Wrestler honors.

  • Road split for HU teams

    Thomas Manzano recorded 27 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals, and Momcilo Latinovic scored 21 to go with 11 rebounds as New Mexico Highlands rolled over host Colorado Christian 79-62 Monday night in Lakewood, Colo.

    The victory came 24 hours after coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys (10-2 overall, 6-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) endured only their second defeat of the season, a 95-76 setback against then-undefeated Colorado School of Mines.

  • Mora boys rock Pecos, capture Tri-City title

    Four Mora Rangers scored in double figures, outrunning and outgunning the Pecos Panthers 84-45 this past weekend in the unexpectedly lopsided finale of the Tri-City Tournament held in Pecos.

    The tourney final had been slated for Thursday, Dec. 30, in Santa Rosa but was moved to Saturday in Pecos, reportedly due to weather.

    Tyler Martinez led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Adam Laumbach with 14 and Andrew Lesse and Lucas Serna with a dozen each for Mora (8-1).

    Isidro Sena and John Vigil led Pecos (5-6) with 14 points each.

  • Republican governor takes oath

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, making history as the nation’s first female Hispanic governor, called Saturday for New Mexicans to unite to solve economic, budget and educational problems confronting the state.

    Martinez sounded a bipartisan tone during her public inaugural ceremony on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

  • Local GOP leader sees ‘opportunity’

    A local leader of the San Miguel County Republican Party says he and other members of his party see an opportunity in Susana Martinez’s election as governor.

    “(Party) members feel confident that it is a great opportunity for us to strengthen and rebuild our party,” Republican Mel Root said in a statement after returning from Saturday’s gubernatorial inauguration event in Santa Fe.

  • West grad dies in crash

    “Unbelievable” was the single word an 18-year-old man’s mother used to describe her feelings about the death of her son.

    Joseph “Joey” Portillo, 18, died on Wednesday evening as a result of an automobile accident on Interstate 25 south of Las Vegas.

  • New Year’s Baby

    Marcus Barela made his grand entrance at 12:42 a.m. to officially become Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s first baby of 2011. Barela is the son of Mark Barela and Adella Jaramillo of Las Vegas and the brother to 2-year-old Ariana Barela.

    “Pretty exciting,” Jaramillo said in describing the birth of her son on New Year’s Day. “I didn’t expect to have him on New Year’s.”

  • Taking The Plunge