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Today's News

  • County employees get pay hikes

    Many government agencies are cutting the number of their employees and furloughing the ones who are left.

    But San Miguel County Commission last week approved a 3 percent salary increase for those who didn’t receive a pay hike earlier this fiscal year.

    County Commission Chairman David Salazar said the increase was to the credit of county staff. And he said officials in different departments have been doing a good job in raising revenue to make the raise possible.

  • Senior Profile: Recalled to life?

    Imagine a person who combines the full spectrum of reality and communing with nature with deep convictions of spirituality — a transcendentalist, perhaps — of the 21st century.

    Janice “Jan” Arrott, the embodiment of this combination, was born in October 1932 in Worthington, Minn. She never knew her father, Arthur James, who died two months before Jan was born.

  • Graham delivers again

    New Mexico Highlands University track and field standout Angella Graham is now the most highly decorated athlete in the school’s history with the NCAA Division II.

    Graham earned two more All-American honors at the NCAA National Indoor championships March 12-13 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Graham now has a total of five NCAA All-American awards to her credit, making her the most highly decorated Highlands athlete since NMHU joined the NCAA in 1991.

  • Vegas woman gets full sentence

    Bernadette Sanchez, the Las Vegas woman convicted of killing a man last year, has received the maximum sentence.

    Late last year, a jury found Sanchez, 37, guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2009 death of Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36.

    At a hearing Monday, Sanchez was sentenced to seven and a half years for voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

  • Work of Art: Small teams slugged it out

    Eighty teams competed in the just-concluded New Mexico high school basketball tournaments for boys and girls. Eighty teams.

    Let’s do the math: There are five classes, AAAAA for the behemoth schools, down to class A, for those quintets whose players need to lead cheers, collect tickets and man the concession stand when they’re not on the hardwood.

  • Pro boxing card set for April 24

    Four Meadow City fighters will be featured in a professional boxing event coming to town in April.

    “Boxeo en Las Vegas” has been announced for the evening of Saturday, April 24, at West Las Vegas’ Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    The card is the first of Crespin’s Promotions, a newly minted operation of local businessman and boxing trainer Carlos Crespin.

    It’s the first pro boxing event in town since Lenny Fresquez brought Holly Holm and Terri Blair to headline a card in August at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

  • Letters: Support for bond issue

    On March 1, I attended the bond information meeting at the Pecos village boardroom.

    I was very impressed how our school superintendent, Mr. Roy Herrera, and the architects explained to the public in attendance the purpose of the bond.

    I was glad to see that parents who have children in our school were there in support of the bond.

  • Attorneys disagree over charter

    A former city attorney is urging the mayor and the City Council to accept the premise that voters didn’t pass a new constitution  earlier this month.

    Since the March 2 municipal election, the attorney, Danelle Smith, has argued that even though 56 percent of voters backed the charter, that wasn’t enough for passage. Rather, the city needed 60 percent for its adoption, she maintains.

  • Cowboys' 18-1 romp stands alone

    Some baseball teams would be happy scoring 18 runs in a four-game series.

    New Mexico Highlands got that kind of production in five innings Friday afternoon before the snow arrived, disrupting the Cowboys’ home game with Colorado State-Pueblo.

    Continued inclement weather and its effect on the playing fields wound up cancelling the remainder of the scheduled nine-inning game — and a three-day, four-game series between the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals.

  • Editorial: A project that won't end

    The multi-phase Alamo Street project has continued for years. The last few months have been particularly rough on Alamo residents.

    That’s because the contractor left a muddy mess when it put its project on hold in December. Residents have needed four-wheel drives at times to get to their houses. And a garbage truck got stuck a few weeks ago.