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Today's News

  • Hunters angered with state's planned land swap

    Elk season is on at White’s Peak, but a proposed land swap may eventually remove some portion of that prime hunting ground from public use.

    And that’s angering some hunters.

    The State Land Office is proposing to give a portion of the White’s Peak land to the Express UU Bar Ranch and the Stanley Ranch in exchange for other land. The White’s Peak land, opponents say, has been used by area residents for hunting and herb gathering for generations. They fear that hunting that land would become a privilege of the rich if it were given to the ranches.

  • Kazingo eighth in nationals

    Adding to the lore of memorable performances in New Mexico Highlands cross country history and writing a chapter of his own, Nicaise Kazingo dashed his way to an eighth-place finish in Saturday’s NCAA Division II Championships.

    Kazingo, an NMHU sophomore, covered the Evansville, Ind., course in 31:19.7. His placing gives him All-American honors and makes him the latest in a growing fraternity for the Highlands program led by head coach Bob DeVries.

  • Buffs trip up Cowboys in overtime thriller

    West Texas A&M’s Nick Burns scorched the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys on Tuesday night, and none of his shots charred more than the last one.

    Burns’ jumper with 2 seconds left lifted the visiting Buffaloes to an 89-87 overtime win in the season debut for both teams.

    Burns led all scorers with 28 points as WTAMU outgunned the usually sharp Cowboys 49 percent to 38 percent.

  • MONDAY ONLINE STORY: Power restored in Las Vegas

    Power was restored in much of Las Vegas at 9:40 a.m. Monday after being out for nearly an hour.

    The outage stated at 8:52 a.m., according to Public Service Company of New Mexico, the electric utility for Las Vegas.

    Power is reportedly out at Highlands University, among other places.

    A PNM spokeswoman said a cause hasn't been identified yet, but she said crews are working on the problem.

  • Chamber lets go of its marketing coordinator

    The local chamber of commerce let go its marketing coordinator last week — a decision that is angering some members.

    The board of directors unanimously voted against renewing the contract for Vince Howell, who has served as the coordinator since September 2008.

    This week, Howell called the action “retribution through association.”

    Matt Martinez, president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, said the contract was too pricey.

    “We want to get the best bang for the buck,” he said.

  • Letter: Ways to open up the community

    I also fell in love with this wonderful city. It was not in our retirement plans to move, but we did.

    I understand the statement of a closed community. The only way I know to deal with this is to open it up.

  • As It Is: People are watching

    Shortly after his arraignment, former Robertson High School teacher and coach Jay Quintana secured the money for his release from jail. His bail had been set at $100,000 cash-only.

    A day later, the manager of a Wagon Mound gasoline station told me that she had seen Jay Quintana, who is accused of sexually abusing a student, filling up.

    I called a magistrate judge and he told me that Quintana was allowed to go anywhere in New Mexico under the conditions of his release.

  • Editorial: Consider victims

    The four remaining defendants in the Robertson High School football assaults case are now seeking separate trails. Their attorneys say a single trial for all of them would make a fair trial difficult, if not impossible.

    We hope they don’t get their way.

    We understand that these defendants have the right to a fair trial, but severing these cases would be unfair to the victims. Imagine having to testify four times — once will be difficult enough. And once should be all that’s needed.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The 2009 Apple Harvest is now history and the last event was very successfully completed.

    Thank you parishioners for buying apples during the recent fund-raising to benefit the Heating and Air Conditioning Project at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church and thank you very much to the individuals who helped selling the apples: Bernie and Dora Duran, Robert Tyrrell, Marty and Michael Sweeney, Lettie Martinez, Albert and Lorraine Gallegos, Gloria Roman and Ernie Montaño.

    Juan A. and Alice Sandoval

    Las Vegas

  • Murder suspect found guilty

    SANTA ROSA — The family of murder suspect David Levi Chavez thought it had good news when the judge read the jury’s verdict Friday afternoon — not guilty of first-degree murder.

    They erupted in loud cheers — prematurely as it turned out.

    District Judge Abigail Aragon then announced that the jury had found Chavez, 22, guilty of second-degree murder in the 2008 death of 6-year-old Jasmine Garcia. She had been sleeping in a house on Las Vegas‘ Union Street when she was struck by gunfire.