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  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 4, 2017


    Although her hair now is salt-and-pepper gray, one claim to fame for Pecos native Cindy Roybal is her tenure as a member of the All-American Redheads basketball team years back.

    Roybal, a long-time basketball coach, holds a 377-105 won-loss record as a coach.

  • ACA needs tweaks — not just ‘repeal and replace’

    Recently, I went in search of health insurance. I no longer enjoyed the benefits of an employer-sponsored plan, and my payments into COBRA were astronomically high, so I was hoping to find something more affordable.

    I decided to stop by a couple of brick-and-mortar insurance agency offices, to see what they could offer. What I encountered surprised me. Turns out I was wrong to hope I’d find a less expensive policy, unless I wanted to go to a bare-bones policy with high deductibles and enormous co-pays, but that’s not what surprised me.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

  • Goodbye, circuses. Are zoos next?

    The following editorial was recently published by the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    When the Ringling Bros. circus was founded, Ulysses S. Grant was president and the South was in the middle of Reconstruction. The storied act sadly came to an end in May. Ringling, after years of harassment from animal rights activists, couldn’t keep the show running.

    Activists are already plotting to make zoos history as well.

  • Work of Art: ‘But it’s in black and white’

    Back in the olden days, in the era of black-and-white movies and TV-less households, the weekend highlight for many Las Vegans was going to see a Western, or at least something with lots of action, but no romance.

    We had three movie houses in Las Vegas: The SERF, which has been transformed into a dance-dining hall but still retains its marquee; the Kiva, closed for decades, on Bridge Street, whose favorite flicks were in Spanish; and the Coronado, at Sixth and University. The building stands, but no movie has been shown in decades.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Aspens are durable; human feet, not so much

    It automatically is a given… July brings the beginning of monsoon season to our mountains.

    I realize our weather patterns are changing, and this is the first July 4 celebration here with no rain in the forecast. When our guest ranch was in full swing here we had more than one picnic rained out.

    We have a large cast iron grill, a cooker/smoker made long ago by big boss Jim for just such events and somehow the hamburgers were never as tasty as those cooked on the fireplace down the creek.

  • Mora sluggers showcased

    Continuing its recent showing on the diamonds, Mora Little League fielded two All-Star teams for competition in the District 4 tournaments this summer.

    The 10-12 year-old team included Marcus Montoya, Casey Benjamin, Arieanna Velasquez, Jeremiah Romero, Dante Alcon, Joaquin Manuel Jr, Dillion Pacheco, Kristen Trujillo, Isabella Martinez, Isaiah Atencio and Jordan Martinez. It was coached by Manuel Benavidez, Joaquin Manuel and Jolynn Benavidez. Bottom row:

  • Go Fish — Aug. 6, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week

    Conchas Lake: Glenn Garcia of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch walleye July 30. He was using a 3-inch tube.

  • New dates for Summer Slam hoops

    From Las Vegas Optic reports

    Summer Slam, the City of Las Vegas-sponsored three-on-three tournaments, will now be played Aug. 19-20 instead of their originally scheduled dates. That means a little extra time for area hoopsters to register.

    The deadline is now Aug. 14. The entry fee for each team is $100. Checks and money orders may be mailed to City of Las Vegas, Abe Montoya Recreation Center, 1751 North Grand Ave., Las Vegas, NM 87701.

  • Round Rock and a hard place

    A couple of days after notching his second Pacific Coast League Player of the Week award, Ryan Mc Mahon pounded a solo home run against Round Rock on Thursday night.

    But that would be the only scoring for the Albuquerque Isotopes as they began an eight-game road trip.The host Express confined Albuquerque’s offense to only three hits — including McMahon’s homer in the top of the fourth inning — and went on to a 6-1 victory.Tyler Wagner, who started on the mound for Round Rock, collected just his third pitching win with a masterful performance.