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Today's News

  • Highlands hikes tuition rates

    As officials hiked tuition rates at Highlands University last week, they said the school still had the best price for a quality education.

    President Jim Fries recommended a 7.7 percent increase for resident students or a $8.80 increase per credit hour. Non-residents and international students will see a 7.5 percent hike, to $166 and $216 per credit hour respectively.   

  • Letter: An enormous step forward

    I’d like to say thank you to Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich and Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall for having the courage and vision to stick to their principles and vote for supporting the health care reform bill.

    They and all the other Democrats who did have created a change in our government perhaps far larger than anyone yet realizes. Business as usual, through monied lobbyists and bought media, should be much more difficult. Perhaps these congresspeople have succeeded in loosening the grip of the big corporations on policymaking.

  • Cowboys bury Mines

    Jason Carr crushed a three-run homer to spark the Highlands Cowboys’ offense in the first inning of a four-game series against visiting Colorado School of Mines, and he and his team kept its recent streak of success rolling along.

    NMHU won Thursday’s opener 17-6, then swept CSM 10-2 and 4-3 on Friday at Brandt Park. The teams were to play a non-league tilt on Saturday after this issue went to press.

    Through Friday, Highlands is 24-6 overall and 14-3 in RMAC play, good for first place both in the RMAC Mountain Division and in the eight-team league as a whole.

  • Rattlers sweep Luna in softball

    The Rattlers of visiting Otero Junior College slithered off with two wins Thursday in a softball doubleheader at Luna Community College.

    Otero’s pitching and defense dictated matters in the opener, a 7-1 win.

    Both sides got the sticks going in a competitive, wind-swept game two.

  • Several locals qualify for state

    With a month to go before the New Mexico high school track and field championships, a number of area athletes have punched their tickets to the big meet.

    The small-school state meet is May 5-6, followed by the one for Class 3A through 5A on May 7-8, all at the University of New Mexico complex in Albuquerque.

    Class 3A qualifiers include:

    • Estevan Vigil, Robertson, in the boys’ 100-meter dash (11.02 seconds); 200 (22.6); 400 (51.76); long jump (20-3); and javelin (158-2, longest throw to date among 3A boys);

  • Still needed in the GOP

    Recently, former New Mexico Gov. David Cargo visited Las Vegas, as he has done so many times before. And true to his nature, this lifelong Republican found friends at every turn in this overwhelmingly Democratic town.

    On radio and at this newspaper, he told the tales of his political trials and tribulations as though he were reliving the glory days of his illustrious past. Anyone who is familiar with him knows he’s quite the storyteller — he has a lot of fun remembering days gone by.

  • Letter: Seeking items from New Mexico

    Hi! I am a fifth-grade student at West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying geography and the history of the United States. I’m glad I have New Mexico because I like studying Native Americans. I would appreciate it if you could send me a map, some souvenirs, and some pictures.

    My teacher would like a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I appreciate your time. Thank you!

    Greg S. of Mrs Newlin’s Social Studies class

    West Ridge Elementary School

    1401 19th St., Harlan, IA 51537

  • Police watching for traffic violators near mayor's house

    Motorists may want to slow down and obey the stop sign at Tecolote and Chavez streets. The police are watching.

    On Thursday, an officer pulled over violators of traffic laws at that intersection, which is next to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s house. The officer was stationed on Chavez, far enough away that drivers on Tecolote couldn’t see him.

    Chavez and Tecolote is a T-intersection, with Chavez ending in front of the mayor’s four-bay garage.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... AGENDAS NOT HELPFUL. The state Open Meetings Act requires that governing bodies produce a list of specific items -- otherwise known as an agenda -- to be discussed for their meetings. The attorney general’s office interprets this requirement to mean that interested members of the public are given reasonable notice about the topics a public body plans to address. It advises against using broad or vague terms.

  • Vatos blaze past Montana

    With a convincing 34-10 win our the 30-year-old University of Montana rugby club on Monday night at Perkins Stadium, the NMHU Rugby Club Vatos improved their spring record to 3-2.