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  • Weather - Feb. 20, 2013

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Windy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Friday

  • ‘Sin tax’ hike makes sense

    Pardon the pun, but Wendy Armijo, county coordinator for the DWI Task Force, offered up some sobering statistics last week. At a San Miguel County Commission meeting, she cited state Department of Health data that alcohol consumption costs New Mexico $2.8 billion, or $1,400 per resident, for the property damage (automobile crashes), criminal justice, health care and lost productivity it causes.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 20, 2013
  • Work of Art - ‘Psilence’ is golden

    To use the students’ expression, they were “freaked out” at hearing the way I pronounced “knight.”

    Well now everyone knows the word belongs to that group of English words that’s fraught with silent letters. There are only three sounds in the word: n, a long i, and a t.

  • Hounds take three of four at Brandt

    Derek Crenshaw and Jacob Rodgers each went 4 for 5 with three runs batted in apiece to stake Eastern New Mexico to a 13-5 win in Sunday’s series finale at New Mexico Highlands’ Brandt Park.

    The usually sharp-hitting Cowboys were limited to six hits over nine innings, while the visiting Greyhounds notched 21.

    Highlands was trailing 7-0 when it got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan Chavez and Jordan Goliat each scored on wild pitches, and Kyle Davis made it home on a balk, cutting the gap to 7-3.

  • Mid-school hoopsters wind down

    Boys’ basketball teams from two area middle schools went head to head Saturday in the Valley as the hoops season neared its conclusion.

    In a matchup of sixth- and seventh-graders, the visiting West Las Vegas Middle School squad won 33-13 after building upon a slim 9-8 edge through one period. The West team improved to 6-8, while the young Roadrunners remain in search of a victory.

  • Lakers’ Buss dead at 80

    The Associated Press

    Jerry Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood.

    After growing up in poverty in Wyoming, he earned success in academia, aerospace and real estate before discovering his favorite vocation when he bought the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. While Buss wrote the checks and fostered partnerships with two generations of basketball greats, the Lakers won 10 NBA titles and became a glamorous global brand.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 20, 2013

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLVMS
    Softball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), 1 p.m., Portales

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) at Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Wrestlers gear up for state tournament

    New Mexico’s top wrestlers — including 28 from the Las Vegas area — prepare for the state tournament this Friday and Saturday at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson qualified for state in 13 of 14 weight classes and soars into state having won a half dozen district titles this past weekend in Taos.

    West Las Vegas qualified for state in eight weight classes. Pecos made the cut in seven classes. The Dons and Panthers each have one individual district champ.

  • County backs sin tax measure

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week to support legislation pending in the house that would give voters in each county the option of increasing the sin tax on booze. Money generated from the tax would be earmarked for DWI and substance abuse prevention efforts.

    Wendy Armijo, the county’s DWI coordinator, said that the tax would only impact the drinker, and the bulk of the money generated from the proposed tax would come from heavy drinkers.