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Today's News

  • Short but sweet

    High school wrestling season is officially under way, but only a small local contingent represented the city in this past weekend’s Española Sundevil Classic.

    Defending Class 1A-3A state champion Robertson had a strong weekend, albeit with a short lineup of grapplers. Only four varsity wrestlers entered the tournament.

  • Editorial: High-handed process

    State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons has tried to bypass the public with his proposal to trade White’s Peak land near Ocaté with apparently well-off ranchers. He has disregarded the input of the sportsmen of northern New Mexico, whose families have hunted at White’s Peak for generations.

    Lyons’ office maintains that it has no legal duty to hold a public hearing on the transfer. But what would it hurt if the agency actually went the extra mile to keep the public it serves in the loop?

  • Cowgirls 3-0 after thumping USW

    Briana Gholston’s double-double (a game-high 15 rebounds along with 12 points) propelled New Mexico Highlands over the University of the Southwest 62-50 on Saturday night in Hobbs.

    With its third win in as many games, NMHU is off to its best start in recent history, and the three wins have already matched the total from last year, coach Tiffany Darling’s debut season.

    “This is a great start for us. We are playing with confidence and are playing together,” Darling said via a news release from NMHU.

  • Tang is RMAC player of week

    Highlands basketball player Chop Tang has been selected as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-Baden Player of the Week for the RMAC West Division for his accomplishments in week five of the season.

    Tang is the first Cowboy this season to earn such recognition.

  • Fourteen locals named All-2-3A in football

    After a season in which he piled up roughly 1,100 rushing yards and an additional 600 through the air, Robertson High School junior quarterback Daniel Martinez has been named one of District 2-3A’s most valuable players in football for 2009.

    Martinez leads a list of 14 Meadow City football players to be recognized by the district. Honors were announced Monday by district chairman Matt Martinez of Pojoaque Valley.

  • Agency works to stop erosion

    Much of your property taxes go to the city, the county, the schools and the state — and residents often see how that money is spent.

    A much smaller portion goes to a less visible entity — Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District, which covers nearly all of San Miguel County.

    For instance, the owner of an $80,000 house pays around $25 a year to Tierra y Montes.

    So what does that organization do?

    It works to prevent erosion, preserve river habitats and undertake efforts to lessen the chance of wildfires.

  • Vet service takes first passengers

    San Miguel County launched its service to take veterans to appointments at the veterans hospital in Albuquerque more than a month ago.

    But it didn’t have any takers until last week.

    The county took three veterans to the Duke City on Wednesday.

    “We haven’t advertised it as much as we should,” said Wendy Armijo, the county official heading the program.

    She said the county has aired advertisements on local radio stations and that she gave a presentation on the program on Veterans Day.

  • Mora grounds Hawks in debut

    The Mora Rangers gave new head coach Hank Laumbach a winning debut Saturday, defeating the Dulce Hawks 73-51 on Saturday.

    The Rangers started fast, but allowed the visiting Hawks to close within five at the end of the first quarter. The Rangers regained composure, using full-court pressure to open a 38-22 lead by halftime.

    Coming out of the half, the Hawks, playing aggressive, closed to within 10 points mid-way through the third quarter.

  • White's Peak action draws only one bid

    SANTA FE -- Only one person submitted a bid for 7,206 acres of state trust land in the White’s Peak area north of Ocaté by Tuesday’s deadline.

    Rancher David Stanley, one of four private landowners involved in a negotiating a complicated land swap, was the lone bidder.

    The swap is aimed at reducing conflict between the public — mostly hunters and outdoor enthusiasts — and landowners in the area, which has become a checkerboard of public and private holdings.

  • Letter: Unfairness in city utility bills

    I have been fighting the city for the past 18 months to see if the city will change the way it is charging us for the water and the sewer. Did you know that a private residence is allotted 2,000 gallons a month at a certain rate? After 2,000 gallons the price rate goes up, but did you all know that if you don’t use the 2,000 gallons in a month you are still paying for 2,000 gallons? Last month I used 780 gallons and I still had to pay for 2,000 gallons. I don’t think that’s fair.