Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 9, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Hat” by Jan Brett. Free and open to the public.
    • The Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the San Miguel County Commission Chambers at 500 West National. Suite 200. Open to the public. For more information, contact Dennis English at 425-6190.


  • Noticias - Jan. 9, 2013

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  • Purple ... and green

    The way in which Highlands University has embraced and invested in environmentally friendly, energy-efficient practices makes one wonder if maybe green should be added to the school colors.

    At the very least, the university should be credited for thinking green — and saving some green too, over the long term.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 9, 2013
  • Work of Art - Good English gets a rest

    A few columns ago, as I began systematically pulling out what little hair I have, I wrote about an on-going series of conversations taking place in my living room. We’d celebrated a Chinese gift-exchange and we were settling down to examine our presents.

  • Rangerettes, Panthers win NRG

    The Pecos Panthers and Mora Rangerettes are getting plenty of practice hoisting tournament trophies this basketball season. Their fans can only hope that practice will come in handy in February and March.

    Both teams earned titles Saturday, winning the boys’ and girls’ brackets in the Northern Rio Grande Invitational hosted at Pojoaque High School.

  • RHS exploits Socorro turnovers

    Ryan Tafoya scored 14 of his 16 points in the first quarter Saturday, setting the tone early in Robertson’s 83-61 romp over visiting Socorro.

    The Cardinals and head coach Manuel Romero were to play at St. Michael’s (4-7) on Wednesday in what figures to be an interesting non-district encounter.  

    Getting off to a good start against Socorro was mainly a product of the Cardinals’ opportunistic defense, which converted three steals directly into fast break points as RHS (3-5) raced to leads of 9-0 and 15-3.

  • Cowboys split on Denver trip

    Shooting at a 54 percent clip and holding their own on the glass helped New Mexico Highlands drop host Regis 73-61 on Saturday. It also salvaged a split of the Cowboys’ two-game stay in Denver.

    Highlands is 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Cowboys  were coming off their biggest test to date, Friday night’s 92-71 loss to Metro State, the No. 2 ranked team in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

  • Lady Dons fell Moriarty

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team ran its record to 10-3 on Monday night, beating Class 4A Moriarty on the road, 53-31.

    It was a big night for the backcourt. Jayme Quintana led the Lady Dons with 16 points, while Deanna Bustos and Celeste Trujillo scored 11 apiece.

    Michelle Tapia added eight for WLV.

    Moriarty is 1-12 this season.

    The Lady Dons are scheduled to play at Lovington on Friday evening as they continue an extended road swing. West’s next home game is the District 2-3A opener Jan. 23 against Robertson.

  • NHL back in business

    By Larry Lage
    AP Hockey Writer

    The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades.

    “I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.

    The NHL shortened its 82-game slate to 48 games for the 1994-95 season after a 103-day lockout. A 301-day lockout in 2004-05 made the NHL the first major North American professional sports league to lose an entire season.