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Today's News

  • Cowboys to finish in Denver

    New Mexico Highlands University remained the No. 1 team in the NCAA Division II Central Region this week despite losing three of four at Mesa State over the weekend.

    The Cowboys dropped from seventh to 12th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll; they are sixth in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll and 12th in the American Baseball Coaches Association ratings.

    NMHU (33-9 overall) wraps up the regular season this weekend with a trip to Metro State College in Denver. First pitch of the three-game series is set for 3 p.m. Friday.

  • Letter: Abreu was an able captain

    Imagine a cruise ship whose captain is required to set and maintain the course, handle disgruntled passengers, manage an increasingly dwindling cash box, assure quality on all decks, feed and nurture all members of the ship’s crew and passengers. In addition, this captain holds responsibility for the intellectual and physical development of all members of this floating community. There are occasional leaks, rough seas, and perhaps an iceberg at times. Successful voyages demand a qualified captain.

  • To the Point: Commonalities and consequences

    What do the U.S. Secretary of Education, the Highlands and Luna presidents, the New Mexico Secretary of Education and our local school superintendents have in common?

    For starters, they are all educational leaders who spend large amounts of our tax dollars.  They are also subject to judgments of their value based on measurements of what their students learn — or don’t — in our schools.

  • Letter: Mora County needs change

    This is a response to (the letter which ran April 2 titled “Don’t gamble with our future”): In 2009, I began attending Mora County Commission meetings in hopes of learning more and being able to dialog with the commissioners on issues going on in the county. I publicly offered to assist with grant writing as a volunteer.

    What I got was a stop watch that was monitored more carefully than the words I spoke.

  • Letter: Judicial race critical to DWI

    Bill Norton’s letter about drunken drivers and apathy (Optic; April 12), reminds us how critical it is to have a strong judicial system. A magistrate judge election will be held on June 1, and voters will be asked to select one of the two candidates. Magistrate judges are the men and women who are on the front lines with DWI cases. We voters need to know the position each candidate takes on DWI.

    We ask that both candidates write a position statement about DWI in their courts and publish it in the paper.

  • Letter: Protections go with 'green'

    In newspapers all over the country and the world, we read about people who welcomed industrial wind turbines in their neighborhoods to find out when they came on line that it was impossible to live near them.

  • Mayor to deal with billing dispute

    The Las Vegas City Council has appointed Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to negotiate with Luna Community College in a dispute over years-old natural gas bills.

    The city admits that it incorrectly billed the college for gas consumption from January 2001 to September 2006 because of an incorrect meter register number that was entered when the gas meter was installed.

  • Top Luna official leaves in a hurry

    A top official at Luna Community College has left her post, giving her letter of resignation about a week before her departure.

    Mary Medina, vice president of students services and planning and the school’s athletic director, submitted her letter of resignation April 16, according to a statement from Jesse Gallegos, the school’s spokesman.

    Gallegos said Medina’s letter stated that her last day of employment would be April 30. But she left her job late last week and is not expected back.

  • Letter: Cooperation, not exploitation

    I appreciated your viewpoint expressed in “Balancing the Needs.” (April 19 editorial)

  • Cowgirls, Wolves go halfers

    The Cowgirls split a four-game series this past weekend at Colorado State University-Pueblo, the eighth-ranked team in NCAA Division II’s Central Region and the top squad in the RMAC West.

    NMHU won the first two games 8-7 and 4-0, then lost 8-0 and 7-4.

    Under head coach Shellie Broyles, the Cowgirls are 15-27 overall and 10-21 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In 2009, Broyles’ first season, the team was 8-47 and 3-35, respectively.