Today's News

  • Our criminal justice system

    If you’re charged with a crime in this country, and you can’t afford to hire an attorney to represent you, the state is required to hire one for you.

    It’s so fundamental to the proper functioning of our criminal justice system that the right to an attorney is guaranteed in the constitution.

    Spending taxpayer dollars on criminal defense lawyers for people who are accused of breaking the law isn’t the most popular thing for elected officials to do. But it is the right thing to do.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The continuing saga of oil and gas regulation

    Well, it’s settled. But only for a moment.

    Mora County officials recently settled with some high-powered plaintiffs in a couple of lawsuits that effectively put an end to the county’s attempt to place a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling inside its county lines.

  • Dons: On to quarters

    For the first time since 1983, West Las Vegas baseball is in the state tournament quarterfinals.

    No. 11 seed West rallied to defeat No. 6 Robertson in a best-of-three series to open the Class 4A state baseball tournament over the weekend at Whorton Field.

    The Dons won game one 9-5 Friday after trailing early. Robertson rebounded to win game two on Saturday by a 10-4 count. But West prevailed 12-2 in the decisive game three.

  • Lady Cards roll to next round

    For the fourth time this spring, Robertson softball put Taos away via the mercy rule.

    This time, it meant moving on to the second round of the Class 4A state tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals (19-4) scored the game’s first 16 runs Friday and won 18-3 after just three innings of play, eliminating their fellow District 2-4A denizens in the opening round of state. It was Robertson’s last home game of the year.

  • State champs! Robertson tennis program: Back in the high life again after history-making weekend

    On Thursday, the Fulgenzi clan celebrated. Then on Saturday, their larger, extended Robertson tennis family joined the party.

    Warren Jr. and sister Brandelyn earned twin Class 1A-4A state singles championships, and cousins Jaci and Jenese Fulgenzi conquered the girls’ doubles ranks for the second consecutive year. That was Thursday at the Cline Tennis Complex.

    Two days later, they helped lead Robertson to dual team championships in boys’ and girls’ tennis at Albuquerque Academy’s campus.

  • Pecos’ Sandoval, C de Baca run to titles

    Ryan Sandoval of Pecos crossed the finish line first in the Class 3A boys’ 1-mile run, earning a state championship with a time of 4:43.62.

    Then teammate Cassandra C de Baca did the same in the girls’ 2-mile.

    The Panthers’ 1,600-meter medley foursome won state as well over the weekend in Albuquerque. They’d qualified for finals Friday with Joshua Lopez, Carlos Cordova, Jason Henderson and Sandoval.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May 11, 2015

    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento RiverCats, 1:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.

    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Class 3A state tournament quarterfinal round, Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park

  • Wrong-way driver charged

    Motorists traveling on Interstate 25 near Las Vegas Tuesday evening were forced to take evasive action in order to dodge a wrong-way driver with a history of DWI arrests.

  • Surviving tragedy - Fatality doesn’t deter HU grad

    Tina Sione has defied odds  stacked against her as a result of a tragic accident. On Saturday afternoon, the 42-year-old will walk across the stage of John A. Wilson Complex with a masters in social work degree — an accomplishment that marks a goal that she finally reached despite the tragic death of her husband in a car accident and its aftermath.

  • Zabel would focus on value of degrees

    Highlands presidential finalist Darcy Zabel didn’t initially plan a career in academia.

    The daughter of first generation college graduates, Zabel thought she might want to be a lawyer or go into some other profession that would allow her to live in a big city.

    She ended up majoring in English and graduating from Mount Holyoke College for Women in 1990 then landed a position as an editorial assistant at St. Martin’s Press in New York. She would later become an assistant acquisitions and development editor at Garland Publishing, also in New York.