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Today's News

  • Evins honored by RMAC

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Trent Evins has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Rawlings Pitcher of the Week.

    The RMAC's Preseason Pitcher of the Year earned the honor after a lights-out performance for the Cowboys on  Feb. 11 as he threw six no-hit innings against in-state rival Eastern New Mexico in the Cowboys’ opening game of the 2011 season, part of a tournament in Odessa, Texas.

    Evins allowed no hits and no runs while striking out six ENMU batters in his six innings on the mound for the Cowboys.

  • NMHU softball sweeps Aggies

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowgirls improved to 3-4 after sweeping their non-conference doubleheader against Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Wednesday in Goodwell, Okla.

    The Cowgirls won the first game 10-2 in five innings behind the pitching of Ashley Paiz. The Cowgirls then turned around and won the second game 4-2 on the strength of pitcher Melissa Martinez' seven complete innings of work.

  • Mora County Notebook: Family is the foundation of Mora County

    Life is happy when there is a loving family. Family is so important in our lives. As one observes life here in the northern part of New Mexico the words “La Familia” bring a happy and joyous feeling to the people. La Familia is imbedded in a person’s heart from early life in this place as grandparents aunts uncles and cousins and the more extended family surrounds them with love and care. It is sad for those who do not have these feelings.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The joys of bed-making

    I find some of the darndest things as I browse through the stack of magazines I never seem to read — cover to cover. Being snowbound actually is good for reading and putting yet another log on the fire.

  • LCC announces VP’s honor roll

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    Luna Community College has  announced its Fall 2010 Vice President’s Honor Roll.  
    Inclusion on the Vice President’s Honor Roll requires students to successfully complete, without incomplete grades included, a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with at least a 3.66 GPA.  Graded credit hours do not include S/U graded courses, audits or credit by exam.  

  • Gearing up for accreditation

    Interim Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez notified the school board last week of an upcoming North Central Association accreditation inspection — emphasizing its importance.

    “Accreditation ensures that a Robertson High School diploma meets a standard of excellence that is recognized at universities throughout the nation and worldwide, and help our students qualify for a myriad of scholarship opportunities,” McNellis-Martinez said.  

  • Mentor of the Month: Rock Ulibarri

    Thomas Jefferson once said, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

    Rock Ulibarri appears to be an avatar of Jefferson’s dictum. His words, as well as his actions denote his “stand and deliver” approach regarding convictions he holds about society, especially how children can be validated via educational practices.

  • Fashion show touts ‘Army’ accessories

    Reuse, renew, recycle was the message at Sunday’s fashion show.

    This fashion show had a special twist though — the attire was from the Salvation Army, a thrift store on Douglas Avenue.

    “I was so excited for the show to start and now I am still as excited,” Anne Bradford said after the show. Bradford and Judee Williams had a vision several years ago to produce this off the normal fashion show.

    Bradford said, “the show was possibly the first type of show in New Mexico. This is a great way for people to recycle.”

  • Refurbished pool facility to open

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    New Mexico Highlands University’s renovated natatorium opens with a splash 5 to 8 p.m. Friday when the campus and community can get a look at the pool, and take a dip.

    The university’s Office of Campus Life is hosting the grand opening, which includes light refreshments and music.

    The swimming pool facility is at the northwest corner of Baca Avenue and 11th Street, west of Perkins Stadium and the field house.

  • Woman charged with assault, battery

    A Pecos woman was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery against a household member following an incident after the Super Bowl.

    Lenal G. Friday, 32, was charged after state police responded to a domestic violence call on Sunday night, Feb. 6, at Pecos. The alleged victim said Friday had gotten angry about how he won $100 off the Super Bowl and wouldn’t let her have any of the money, then took a beer bottle and hit him in the mouth. She then allegedly tried to make it look as if he attacked her, so he would have to go to jail.