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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lady Card golfers win title

    Enduring a tough challenge Monday, the Robertson girls’ golf team held on to score a district championship.

    The victory provides ample momentum as the Lady Cardinals and head coach Gene Gurule prepare for next week’s state tournament. State for Class 3A is May 9-11 at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

    The RHS girls qualified the necessary three legs this past fall (team scores of 395 at Ladera and Los Alamos in September and a 377 at NMHU in October).

    Gurule guided the RHS girls to a third-place team finish in 2009.

  • Mora, Pecos in state track meet

    The following Mora and Pecos athletes are slated to compete in the small-school (Class 1A-2A) state track and field championships May 5-6 at the University of New Mexico track in Albuquerque. Also listed are their top qualifying efforts of the season in their respective events.

    • Yeshemabet Turner, Pecos, in the girls’ long jump (a state-best 17-10), triple jump (a state-best 37-9), high jump (5-0), 100-meter dash (12.61), 200-meter dash (26.63);

  • Editorial: Other histories

    Once again we recognize Cinco de Mayo, an unofficial celebration stemming from the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s not widely celebrated because its significance is not that great — the Mexicans’ win in Puebla only delayed the French advance into Mexico City — but it’s a point of pride nevertheless, since the Mexican forces won the day despite being seriously outnumbered 2-to-1.

  • Theater director says HU shouldn't cut program

    Highlands University theater director Robert Woods says he would teach for free.

    His theater arts program has been on the chopping block, but lacked the kind of support that had just saved two sports programs last week.    

    After the Board of Regents voted to keep rodeo and wrestling, the room was filled with smiles and good cheer.

    So it was an odd juxtaposition when Andre Garcia Nuthmann and Robert Woods marched to the podium to argue that theater arts was important, too.  

  • Editorial: Set aside animosities

    In the old Westerns, sheriffs didn’t have to contend with anything resembling a bureaucracy. The sheriff was a county’s top lawman.

    Maybe that’s the way it was, but not anymore.

    At a recent sheriff candidates forum, San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil told the audience that his deputies would start carrying Tasers in June. Never mind the County Commission’s opinion.

    Of course, the sheriff still has latitude in how he runs his department. But the County Commission indisputably holds the purse strings.

  • Letter: Commissioner responds to story

    This is in response to the article which was published on April 23 in the Las Vegas Optic, regarding where we claimed Head of Household.

    Our primary residence is on El Llano Road. This is the only property where we claim Head of Household.

    The San Miguel County Assessor’s Office claims that we had two head of households for four years which is incorrect. This office has no proof of a signed affidavit to make such a claim.

  • As It Is: Pollster targets our county

    In 2008, a pollster called me to ask about the presidential race. The first question: “Do you belong to a media organization?”

    I answered yes.

    The caller said, “Thank you very much,” and hung up.

    In other words, someone didn’t want the media finding out about the poll. It was likely a push poll, in which the caller asks questions with a bias — an example of a question on abortion: How do you feel about Barack Obama’s position in favor of killing babies?

  • Cowboys finish with a flourish

    As the top seed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, New Mexico Highlands will open the postseason against sixth-seeded Regis at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Kearney, Neb.

    The Cowboys, who’d clinched the top seed a week earlier, concluded the regular season Saturday at Metro State in Denver. The Roadrunners, incidentally, are the No. 4 seed in the RMAC and play No. 3 Mesa State at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the tourney’s opening game. Host Nebraska-Kearney is the No. 2 seed and tangles with No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo for a 7 p.m. nightcap.

  • Editorial: Sans the politics

    The Las Vegas City Council has authorized Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to negotiate the closure of a longstanding dispute over a Luna Community College natural gas bill.

    In mid-2007, the city discovered that it had incorrectly billed Luna for several years, and back-billed the college $122,000. That set off a series of attempts to resolve the matter and recover the money, and the accusations started to fly.