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Today's News

  • State representative faces retired educator in House race

    Retired educator Mel Root is facing state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, in the District 70 House race.

    Vigil, a bus contractor, has represented the district since 1999 and beat the Republican Root with 70 percent of the vote two years ago.


    The heavily Democratic district covers much of San Miguel County, including most of Las Vegas, and a small portion of Torrance County.

  • RHS-WLV rematch Thursday

    West Las Vegas has designs on the regular-season District 2-3A volleyball title.


    Robertson is looking to play spoiler.


    And both of the Meadow City’s prep volleyball teams  are eyeing the upcoming district tournament as Thursday night’s East-West rematch rolls around.


    Action begins with the freshman match’s first serve 4 p.m. at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Beasties state-bound!

    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals are a state tournament team again despite having lost in their bid for a fifth consecutive district championship.


    The Lady Cards are the No. 10 seed and will play at No. 7 Portales this coming weekend, Oct. 29-30. The specific time had not been set as of press time. This year’s tourney will run by a 12-team, single-elimination format.


    The winner of the Portales-Robertson matchup will move on to play No. 2 Hope Christian at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 on the campus of Rio Rancho High.

  • Cowgirls’ upset bid falls short

    It wasn’t a repeat of the last meeting, but it wasn’t the signature upset they were hoping for, either.


    New Mexico Highlands kept things close in a 2-0 loss Sunday to Fort Lewis College, which came into Perkins Stadium as the No. 5 ranked women’s soccer team in NCAA Division II.


    The Skyhawks (15-1-1) had vanquished NMHU 6-0 back on Oct. 1 in Durango, Colo. At that time, they were the 11th rated team in the nation.

  • Support the bond issues

    As in many elections years, voters next week will be asked to approve the issuance of bonds to pay for capital improvements across the state.


    The four bond issues before the electorate are senior center improvements and acquisitions, library acquisitions, public school capital improvements, and capital improvements and acquisitions for institutions of higher education.

  • Accept the contract

    The city of Las Vegas should be commended for its proposed contract with the Fiesta Council, which organizes the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas.


    The agreement would only last through July 15, a couple of weeks after the 2011 Fiestas. The city would provide the council with enhanced oversight because of the group’s many problems recently. Hopefully, it’s only a temporary arrangement.

  • Work of Art: Let’s go sling some mud

    Last week I wrote a column about my perception that children with greater financial means appeared to receive more leeway in elementary school. As a student of a private, Catholic school, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, I generally felt treated well and respected.

  • City may put grips on Fiestas

    The city of Las Vegas is proposing greater controls over the Fiesta Council, a group mired in controversy over the last few months.


    Last week, city officials presented a proposed contract between the city and the council that would require the group to provide a 2010 financial report and have the mayor appoint a third of the council’s membership.

  • Trail for bikes, walkers planned

    Ray Finck is a big fan of San Miguel County’s plan to build a pedestrian and bike path along Cinder Road.

    “This will help me immensely,” he said. “I try to use my bicycle anytime I can. I ride my bicycle because it makes me feel better.”

    Finck’s bike was placed in front of a row of shovels stuck in a pile of dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the path on Friday.

  • Bond would mean $12M for county

    Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    Education Bond D is on the statewide ballot Nov. 2, giving New Mexico voters an opportunity to support infrastructure improvements at public colleges and universities throughout the state.


    Statewide, Bond D would fund $155.2 million in higher education improvements. In San Miguel County, funding would total $12.1 million, with $7.1 million allocated for Highlands University and $5 million allocated for Luna Community College. More details are online at www.educationinnewmexico.com.