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Today's News

  • Area artist wins $502,000

    A San Jose, N.M., man claimed a $502,000 prize from the New Mexico Lottery last week.

    Paul Mathews’ ticket for the April 16 Roadrunner Cash drawing matched the winning numbers of 12, 14, 24, 26 and 28.  

    After buying a used car, Mathews said he plans to give the rest of his prize to children and grandchildren.  

    “I’ll still be a starving artist,” he said, “but I’ll be a contented artist.”  

  • Cardinals hope for second act

    Looking to finish this baseball season the way they started it, the Robertson Cardinals know they have a difficult hurdle ahead in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.

    RHS (11-14) is the 15th seed and has the unenviable task of making a trip to No. 2 Bloomfield (13-8-1) on Saturday. Saturday’s winner plays the Socorro-Ruidoso winner in the state quarterfinals May 13 in Rio Rancho.

  • Layoffs likely at East schools

    The Las Vegas City Schools will likely lay off some employees for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

    That’s to help wipe out an expected shortfall of $1.1 million, which is more than 7 percent of the budget, an official said.

    The layoff may affect at least a half dozen first-year teachers and some principals, said Rick Romero, the school district’s superintendent.

    The school board may make decisions on the budget at a meeting late Thursday afternoon.

  • Letter: Elections need informed voters

    Elections are coming up. Our local government officials take an oath when they take office. Wouldn’t it be great if the oath said, “We pledge to work with the citizens of Mora to provide better services, jobs, education, environmental protection and all else that comprises a healthy community.”

  • Work of Art: Speaking of coincidences ...

    “Six degrees of separation” is a concept that tries to show that everybody is connected to everybody else by just six steps.

    The observation, of about 1994 vintage, is also called “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon,” the “Footloose” actor who’s been in just about every other movie. The task, when it became a game, would be to show a connection between any actor and Bacon.

  • NMSU students help local youths

    Through the years, the Memorial Middle School greenhouse has been a center of activity for students’ agricultural and science projects.

    It’s also a place for aspiring teachers to get hands-on experience in their craft.

    Tom Dormody, a visiting professor of agriculture from New Mexico State University, and a number of his graduate and undergraduate students are learning ways to teach science using agriculture and natural resource applications.

  • Dons have made strides

    The road back to baseball respectability has been a long and sometimes rocky one for the West Las Vegas Dons, but this weekend the team begins perhaps West’s most promising postseason in years.

    WLV, the 14th seeded team in Class 3A, plays at third-seeded Cobre (14-11) on Saturday in Bayard. The winner moves on to play the Portales-Raton winner in a quarterfinal on May 13 in Rio Rancho.

  • THURSDAY STORY: County to Kilmer: Show up

    The San Miguel County Commission wants actor Val Kilmer to explain himself — in person.

    The commission is considering a proposed lodging business on the “Batman” star’s ranch near Rowe.

    Kilmer’s neighbors have complained about his comments to national magazines, which they see as degrading toward northern New Mexico’s Hispanics and veterans.

  • Judge nixes plea deal for ex-deputy

    The former San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy accused of beating up a man while she was in uniform was expected to plead guilty in connection with the alleged attack on Monday.

    But state District Judge Eugenio Mathis rejected a plea deal between her and prosecutors.

    Inez Bolivar, 30, was set to go on trial on Tuesday for allegedly attacking her former boyfriend on Sept. 20. She was on duty and armed with a gun at the time.  

  • Robertson netters head to state

    Once again, both boys’ and girls’ tennis programs at Robertson High will vie for state team championships this coming weekend in Albuquerque.

    But first, led by a pair of district singles champions, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals go for individual hardware Wednesday and Thursday at the Jerry Cline Complex in the heart of the Duke City’s Northeast Heights.