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Today's News

  • Crews clean Grand Ave. property

    City crews started Friday to fill the giant hole where the Center Block building once stood.


    City officials said Bob Dalton, the property’s owner and a frequent alleged code violator, hadn’t complied with a city ordinance in cleaning up the property.


    Early Friday morning, city employees working tractors and dump trucks put dirt into the hole. A black cat crossed the land, seemingly undisturbed by the activity.

  • Native Americans showcase talent

    The audience stood as Lynnelle Logan sang the National Anthem. The familiar opening notes began. Then something quite unexpected happened as Logan sang in her native Navajo tongue.


    Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos acted as mistress of ceremonies, introducing Highlands graduate and former Ramah Navajo Queen Nikki Begay for the opening prayer.

  • City explains taste problem with water

    The city’s top water official last week acknowledged a taste problem with the city’s water. But he said it didn’t pose a danger to public health.


    Utilities Director Ken Garcia said the city had looked into the problem and tracked it to compounds related to algae in reservoirs and the Gallinas River.


    “Those compounds don’t present a health threat to drinking water. Our taste buds are very sensitive to them. That’s why you have a musty taste in the water,” he said.

  • 12 nabbed in warrant roundup

    Authorities arrested eight residents last week in connection with a two-month drug enforcement operation.
    On Thursday morning, members of the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force — a collection of area law enforcement agencies — launched a warrant roundup for the eight drug suspects.
    Another four were nabbed on other charges.
    Nearly all of the arrests were made in Las Vegas.
    According to a press release, the operation — called T-Bow — will impact and disrupt the flow of drugs in northeastern New Mexico for some time.

  • West says it wants parents’ feedback, but it’s not getting much

    The West Las Vegas district is seeking parents’ opinion on the quality of their children’s education. But the superintendent is disappointed about the lack of participation.


    “The participation has been very, very low. If you look at some of the numbers of parents who have responded to the state-mandated survey, in some cases it is two or three people from a school site,” Cordova said during last week’s school board meeting.

  • Cardinals advance to state semifinals

    A 21-point third quarter cured all that ailed Robertson on Saturday in the state football quarterfinals.


    The Cardinals (9-2) overcame a three-point halftime deficit with renewed focus and came away with a 44-18 victory over visiting Hatch Valley and the accompanying prize — a spot in the Class 3A semifinals.


    RHS will play Lovington, a 42-26 winner over St. Michael’s. On the other half of the Class 3A bracket, Albuquerque Academy will meet Raton. Academy blasted Socorro 63-21, while Raton upset Silver 22-21.

  • Cowboys 8th in regional meet

    Nicaise Kazingo posted arguably his best effort of the season Saturday in the NCAA Division II Central Regional cross country championships, but it wasn’t quite enough for a return trip to nationals.


    Kazingo’s time of 32:12 in the men’s 10-kilometer race was good for 26th place overall in the toughest regional meet in Division II. And it set the pace for New Mexico Highlands, which finished a solid eighth as a team in the 19-team race, held in Wayne, Neb.

  • NMHU hoopsters open near century mark

    Four Cowboys tallied double figures to help the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team (2-0) to a 97-67 season-opening rout of Oakwood (Ala.) on Friday in the first game of the Adams State College Bankers Classic in Alamosa, Colo.


    Thomas Manzano sank eight of 11 foul shots on his way to a game-high 19 points. Derek Freeman made all six of his field goals to finish with 14 points, and he blocked four shots. Ryan Daniels and Chris Newsome added a dozen points apiece.

  • Cowgirls sweep Nanooks in 2OT

    Double overtime. Double victories.


    The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team picked up its second win in as many nights this past Wednesday with a 90-84 double-overtime triumph at University of Alaska-Fairbanks.


    The Cowgirls (2-1) then lost 73-39 at 13th nationally ranked Alaska-Anchorage on Friday.


    Against UAF, Cimarron native Whitley Coca was a force for NMHU, putting up a team-high 20 points and snagging 12 rebounds.

  • Fiesta forward

    The Las Vegas City Council did what it had to do last week when it set up a city committee to oversee the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. The Fiesta Council, which historically organizes and runs the event, has for too long been obstinate regarding issues that must to be resolved.