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Today's News

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A PURPLE PLATE. We imagine there will be many people jockeying for the lower numbers if Highlands University succeeds in getting its own auto license plates. This kind of plate, available to the general public for an extra charge, is along the lines of the kind seen around town boasting the UNM Lobos. Our proposed plate is prettier. Designed by Highlands public information director Sean Weaver, it features a swath of purple across the top, with “HU” in large letters and “New Mexico Highlands” at the base.

  • Bank buys historic building

    Community First Bank Las Vegas has acquired the Crockett Building -- better known as the historic Murphey's Drug Store.

    The building at 600 Douglas Ave. is one block north from the bank’s main office.

    The bank’s initial plans are to relocate its teller and new accounts representatives, loan department and senior management to the Crockett Building. The operations and IT functions will remain at the current main office in the interim.

  • Letter: Don't let up in the public land fight

    On behalf of the hundreds of interested people whom I have had the pleasure of working beside on the protest to what we define as an assault on the people of New Mexico, I would like to thank Attorney General King and his office, and the New Mexico Supreme Court for taking legal action against Public Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons and his office.

  • Graham in for NCAA meet

    Ranked third nationally in the triple jump and fifth in the pentathlon, New Mexico Highlands’ Angella Graham could be the school’s strongest contender for an NCAA Division II national championship.

    Graham qualified for this spring’s national indoor meet with performances at separate University of New Mexico-hosted meets this past month.

  • Raton routs Dons

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball team stepped into the cellar of District 2-3A on Wednesday, and former cellar-dweller Raton escaped at the Dons’ expense.

    The host Tigers surged late in the first half to blow open a close game, and they’d end up winning 65-48.

    With identical 1-6 district records and a split of the regular-season series, WLV and Raton are technically tied for fifth place. But because the Tigers won by 19 compared to  West’s 47-41 victory back on Jan. 23, they own the tiebreaker.

  • Highlands restructures scholarships

    Back in 2006, Highlands University established a tuition-free scholarship for freshmen called the Hope Scholarship.

    The goal: Increasing enrollment.

    The scholarship was available to first-time students regardless of age, financial need or their residence, although in recent times, international students have not been eligible.

    New Mexico high school graduates are eligible for the Lottery Scholarship, but must carry 12 hours and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

  • Horsemen nip Cards in rematch

    Robertson and host St. Michael’s again treated fans to a close, entertaining boys’ basketball game, but the Horsemen evened the season series with a 47-42 win Wednesday night at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.

    The loss dropped the Cardinals to 15-6 and 3-4, good for fourth in the District 2-3A chase with three games left for each district team. St. Mike’s is 14-9, 5-2, sandwiched between Santa Fe Indian (7-0) and Pojoaque (4-3) in the standings.

  • Bodies found on east side

    Authorities are treating the death of a Las Vegas man as a homicide.

    The body of Michael Ortiz, 20, 1024 Second St., was found on the property of BTU Block & Concrete in the 1500 block of Commerce Street around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ortiz’s family had reported him missing to Las Vegas police early Monday afternoon, saying they hadn’t seen him for four days, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • Above and Beyond: Never missed a day

    When it comes to school, Bonita Baca has always been marked as present. She’s never been a no-show since the beginning of kindergarten.

    Not one single day.

    “I just love school, I love learning,” said the West Las Vegas senior.

    Baca is also a year into her college career, having taken dual-enrollment classes at Highlands University. She maintains a 4.1 grade point average as a senior, and has earned a 4.0 GPA in her studies at Highlands University.

    West Las Vegas Principal Gene Parson said everything about this teenager is impressive.

  • CEO won't have to go to meetings

    The administrator for Alta Vista Regional Hospital won’t have to keep showing up at every monthly meeting of the San Miguel County Commission.

    In November, the county had started requiring Grogan or some other top hospital official to attend meetings, so someone would be available to answer questions about indigent payments to Alta Vista.

    Alta Vista gets regular payments from the county for providing health care to the poorest residents. Counties all around do the same for their respective hospitals.