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Today's News

  • Lopers looming large

    Tough competition on the gridiron awaits all three local teams.

    New Mexico Highlands plays the current No. 1 team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference — Nebraska-Kearney — on Saturday, looking for what would be a monumental upset.

    The visiting Lopers are 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the RMAC, tied with Colorado School of Mines for the top spot. And they are the 21st ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    NMHU is 0-6 and 0-4 in league play after falling 51-7 at defending RMAC champ Chadron State.

    Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.

  • Letter: Homecoming spirit was impressive

    If Robertson High School’s 2009 Homecoming is any indication of what the school year is going to be like, we are in for a great year!

  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

    Friday night scores: No. 1 Raton 26, Robertson 9... Pojoaque 28, West Las Vegas 18. See Monday print edition for details...

  • Santa Fe Opera reconsiders decision on drilling in Vegas Basin

    The Santa Fe Opera is revisiting its decision to lease nearly 27,000 acres shared mineral rights to drill in the Las Vegas Basin.

    The move comes after an outcry by environmentalists, activists and others in the area. They say that oil and gas activity could hurt the environment.

    Charles MacKay, director of the Santa Fe Opera, said that he had signed the lease without first examining all of the implications.

  • Nature shows us what to plant

    Gardeners and even farmers often approach their planting from an egocentric rather than a land-based view. That is to say, they often plant what they like and try to find a way to make their chosen plants thrive. That's challenging, and all too often unsuccessful.

    There are others who simply grow the traditional crops that have grown here forever. There's nothing wrong with that, but there is a third way, which opens up the possibility of cultivating non-traditional crops predisposed to do well on your land.

  • Official not sure there's an emergency

    State Engineer John D'Antonio said he has yet to be convinced that residents southwest of Las Vegas are suffering a water emergency.

    But D’Antonio, the state’s top water official, said his agency continues to investigate the situation.

    In recent weeks, residents in the Ojitos Frios area have reported that 16 wells have gone dry, a number that is now down to 13. They have blamed the city’s increased pumping at Taylor Wells, which supplements the municipal system’s main water source, the Gallinas River.

  • Keeping It Simple: The Rail Runner Express

    How long do you think it will take for the Rail Runner to serve Northern New Mexico? This is the question I asked Gov. Bill Richardson, after I visited the Rail Runner when it came to Raton and Las Vegas in July.

    In my opinion, one of the governor’s greatest accomplishments has been the Rail Runner. My understanding is that the original plan was to have the train go all the way to Raton. When the train visited in Las Vegas, I learned that New Mexico has purchased the rail line from BNSF.

  • Editorial: Quinones needs to go

    There are a number of reasons why the Las Vegas mayor and City Council should hire an in-house city attorney — not the least of which is that the city’s interests are not being served by the interim city attorney.

    However, Mayor Tony Marquez is well served by the current situation, and that’s why he rejected without a public explanation a request by councilors Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore to place the matter on the council’s agenda for today’s meeting.

  • Hometown Heroes: School comes first for young musician

    Las Vegan Savannah Lujan has won many music awards and has taken part in pageants. But her parents say school comes first.

    The West Las Vegas Middle School seventh-grader won the Youth Artist of the Year and Youth Song of the Year at the 2008 New Mexico Hispanic Music Awards.

    Her parents, John and Paula, said she remains grounded.

    “During the school year, her mommy and I want Savannah to concentrate on her school work and school activities. We just want her to be a little girl — the music will always be there,” John said.

  • Work of Art: A two-bit effort

    One can almost see and hear them now: Louella, Patsy, Angela, Louise, Dolores and Julie leading a cheer. These cheerleaders for Immaculate Conception School went through the motions as they shouted:

    “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for the Colts, stand up and holler.” They chanted that way back in the ‘50s.