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Today's News

  • County nixes buffers for turbines

    A majority of the San Miguel County Commission this week rejected the idea of creating special zones to keep out wind turbines in the areas along the Pecos and Gallinas rivers.


    County Manager Les Montoya had pushed the idea since August, and at a meeting this week, he and others presented a proposal that would ban wind turbines from being seen from the beds of either of the two rivers.


    “We considered visibility of wind towers as a principal concern within these areas,” the manager said.

  • East chief unhappy with bond adviser

    The top Las Vegas City Schools official said this week that he wasn’t satisfied with the performance of the school district’s bond adviser. 

    Rick Romero, the district’s superintendent, said he had many questions for the adviser, Al Clemmons, in the wake of an unexpected 30 percent property tax increase.


    A taxpayer who forked out $1,500 in property taxes last year will be paying nearly $2,000 this year.

  • Man charged in string of burglaries

    State police earlier this month apprehended a Ribera man for allegedly breaking into seven cars and taking two others at several properties in the Valley.


    Eloi A. “Rambo” Leyba, 22, was arrested on suspicion of seven counts of burglary of cars and, two counts of auto theft, two counts of burglaries to structures, aggravated burglary to a house and evading a police officer.


    Police said Leyba committed the burglaries during daylight on Oct. 7 in the Valley.

  • Problem at Mora poll site alleged

    Janelle Sanchez went to the Mora County clerk’s office on Monday to vote for her father, John Sanchez, the Republican incumbent running for magistrate judge.


    But while she was there to early vote, she said she was encouraged to support Charles Trujillo, her father’s Democratic opponent in the Nov. 2 election.

  • 2 groundbreaking ceremonies, 1 project

    A bunch of officials gathered this week to break ground for the new nursing home at the state hospital. Armed with shovels, some of them gave speeches.


    It was a case of déja vu.


    Three years ago, the officials held a similar ceremony for the same project.


    There was one major difference this time — construction had already begun.

  • Above and Beyond: Student rep plans to go into Marines

    Westly Cole was sworn in Tuesday as the student representative on the Las Vegas City Schools board for the 2010-11 school year.
    Cole became a Las Vegas resident during his second semester as an eighth-grader at Memorial Middle School. He said since then, he considers himself a friend to all groups and cliques.


    Cole’s voice can be heard every morning via the Robertson High School intercom system, a job he has held for the past three years. He is also a reporter for the school newspaper.

  • Cowgirls 5th in Central

    Winners of three straight and five of the last six matches, the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls are rated fifth in the latest NCAA Division II Central women’s soccer rankings.


    The Cowgirls are 9-4-2 overall and 7-2-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as they prepare to host a three-match homestand to close the regular season. First up, they host Mesa State at 3 p.m. Friday.

    Then they play Fort Lewis at 1 p.m. Sunday before taking on Colorado State-Pueblo next Friday the 29th, all at Perkins Stadium.

  • Finally: NMHU XC Jam is back

    Ending a six-year hiatus, the New Mexico Highlands University XC Jam will return to the Gene Torres Golf Course at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday.

    The home cross country race had been suspended when the NMHU golf course began undergoing renovations several years ago.

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  • Putting Bond D to good use

    In addition to electing our next governor and other officials on Nov. 2, you will have the opportunity to vote on passage of various constitutional amendments and general obligation (GO) bonds that will have an important impact on our state as well.  


    If approved, Education Bond D will provide $155 million for capital improvements of higher education facilities across the state, including $12.1 million for New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College.  A list of all the projects may be found at www.educationinnewmexico.com.