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Today's News

  • Archrivals Cowboys, Mavs square off

    Eric Maupin’s double to left field and Luis Saenz’s single up the middle scored two runs apiece for New Mexico Highlands (14-12, 9-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) in a 4-3 victory at league nemesis Mesa State (15-10, 13-6) on Saturday.

    The win over the Mavericks was the first in a scheduled four-game weekend series in Grand Junction, Colo. Mesa won Friday’s nine-inning opener 7-1 and Saturday’s nightcap 8-5.

    The teams were to play another nine-inning contest on Sunday.

  • Butler back in NCAA final

    By Nancy Armour
    AP National Writer

    HOUSTON — “We’re not done yet! Unfinished business, baby!”

    That was the rallying cry from the Butler Bulldogs, who are headed back to the title game, not as lovable underdogs but a team intent on making up for last year’s heartbreak.

    Maybe this time that final, riveting shot will go in.

    Maybe this time Butler won’t need it.

  • Highlands regents hike tuition

    Students at New Mexico Highlands University will have to dig a little deeper to cover the cost of their college education next year.

    The Highlands Board of Regents approved a nearly 10.6 percent tuition and fee hike for resident undergraduate and graduate students on Wednesday. In-state, full-time undergraduate students will pay $312 more a year, bringing their annual tuition and fees to $3,264.

    Full-time, in-state graduate students will pay $336 more a year. Out-of-state students, meanwhile, were hit with a 15 percent increase.

  • King of the Party

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Alex Reymundo remembers the day he told his mother he wanted to be a rock star.

    He was 15 or 16 at the time, and his worried mother couldn’t help but point out that he didn’t play guitar or sing.

  • Governor signs school grading bill

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    EDGEWOOD — Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law legislation that enacts the first step of her plan for reforming New Mexico’s struggling education system.

  • Radiation found in milk

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Low levels of radiation have turned up in milk samples from two West Coast states. Officials say there is no public health threat.

    Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington state, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan.

    The officials say the levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.

  • Cirque Montage to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Cirque Montage at 4 p.m. on April 10 in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Cirque Montage has a reputation for dazzling audiences with its traditional and cutting-edge circus acts featuring acrobats, aerial strap artists, balancers, contortionists, jugglers, acro-dancers and much more.

    Cirque Montage formed in 2005, features artists from Cirque du Soleil as well as new talent.  

  • Autopsy: dog bites killed NM man

    By Sue Major Holmes
    Associated Press Writer

    ALBUQUERQUE — Bites from a relentless pack of dogs killed a 55-year-old man with a history of seizures who was found lying unconscious along the side of a road while the animals mauled him, a medical examiner's report said.

    McKinley County deputies had to chase the dogs away so emergency medical technicians could help Larry Armstrong, who was found lying on the ground Dec. 8 in the small community of Sundance, on Navajo Nation land near Gallup.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press

    Police chief back in court

    LAS CRUCES — A federal judge is to hear an appeal Thursday from the police chief of a New Mexico border town who is one of a dozen people accused of being part of a gun smuggling ring that prosecutors allege bought weapons to send to Mexico.

    The suspended Columbus police chief, 40-year-old Angelo Vega, has appealed an order to hold him pending trial.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office opposes his release, and filed a response Wednesday to his appeal.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! FIRST THIS YEAR. A Las Vegas woman was charged with an open count of murder in last week’s stabbing death of her husband. Police say Suzanne Aguilar, 45, called 911 about a domestic violence incident in progress last Friday morning, and admitted stabbing Michael Martinez, 48, who died at the home on Salazar Street.