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Today's News

  • Fiesta group seeks city info

    Fiesta Council Chairman Mathew Martinez said his group wants information on the city’s investments in the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    Martinez said at last Tuesday’s Fiesta Council meeting that the group had asked for a breakdown on expenses that paid for police and fire protection, and sanitation.

  • Editorial: Recycling opportunity

    Las Vegas impressed some people last week, with a sizable turnout to a recycling meeting on the Highlands University campus. Alex Aragon, chairman of the city’s recycling task force who moderated the event, said members of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition were astonished with how many local people took an active interest in what they had to say.

  • Cowboys put scare into CSM

    Kevon Williams scored two touchdowns — one receiving, one on a long kickoff return to open the second half — for New Mexico Highlands in the Cowboys’ 49-21 loss to Colorado School of Mines on Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    NMHU (0-3) played its best football of the season and led twice in a riveting first half marked by turnovers and resultant shifts of momentum.

  • Defense solid, but Lady Cards 0-3 in Rehoboth

    Defense outshone the offense for Robertson’s girls’ soccer team in a 0-3 showing at the Rehoboth Invitational over the weekend.

    RHS lost to Miyamura 3-0, then fell to host Rehoboth 2-0 before coming up shy in a double-overtime, penalty-kick war of attrition vs. Taos.

    “We just came out flat in the first half (vs. Miyamura Friday),” said RHS coach Ray Parks. “Second half, I felt we dominated possession but couldn’t find the net.”

  • As It Is: School websites' improving

    Recently, a Mora resident suspected nepotism in that community’s school district. This person said the district hired someone related to a school board member.

    I went onto the Mora school district’s website and found the district’s nepotism policy within minutes. It turns out that the hiring didn’t violate the policy because the new employee was a board member’s stepson, and stepchildren aren’t a covered category in the policy.

  • Warriors shut out West LV

    Two teams came into Perkins Stadium Friday night hungry for a win. The Ruidoso Warriors came out a bit hungrier, and the West Las Vegas Dons left a bit hungrier.

    Ruidoso (1-3) scored all but one of its touchdowns in the first half en route to a 42-0 victory. West fell to 1-3 overall with a homecoming date with Cobre coming up this week.

    The Warriors won the field-position battle with consistency and Brendan Flack’s 9-yard touchdown run with 7:51 left in the first period was the first evidence of that.

  • Mayor opposes Cannon plan

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said last week that the city is preparing a resolution to oppose a Cannon Air Force Base proposal to fly its planes fly at low altitudes in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

    He made that statement during a City Council meeting in which a number of speakers protested the Cannon plan. Cannon is near Clovis.

    Ortiz told the audience he suspects the resolution will be passed — an announcement that prompted applause from the audience.

  • Cowgirls nip Cougars

    The last seven minutes (and 15 seconds) were heavenly for New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team on Friday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Shut out up until that point in their match with Colorado Christian, the Cowgirls found a late burst and scored twice over a four-minute span to pull out a 2-1 comeback in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener.

    The match was scoreless until CCU’s Chelsea Fishman took a pass from Clara Meredith and zipped the ball past Scottie Prince with 75:39 elapsed.

  • Letter: Medical marijuana case handled badly

    I am appalled at how law enforcement officers handled the case of the legal marijuana caregiver with his legal New Mexico license, in an article that appeared in this past week in the Optic newspaper.

     On July 28, I called 911 after finding the elderly man that I took care of, dead in his chair. He was also a patient on the New Mexico Medical Marijuana program, with John Emerick as his caregiver.

  • Cards run over St. Mike's

    Daniel Martinez rushed for two quarterback-keeper touchdowns in an assertive first half for Robertson on Friday night, leading the host Cardinals in a 28-12 upset of St. Michael's.

    In a much-anticipated matchup of two of Class 3A’s better rushing offenses, it was the Cardinals who chewed up the most real estate, particularly in the first half.

    “We played really well (Friday) night, at least for the first half,” said RHS coach Leroy Gonzalez the following afternoon.