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Today's News

  • Students to help poor around world

    Students at Sierra Vista Elementary School found that a small gesture of kindness can create a lot of magic.

    Teacher Tom Conklin spearheaded a schoolwide drive for UNICEF raising $416.50 for underprivileged kids in many countries. He said the donations help with vaccinations, food, clean water, blankets, school books and many other necessities.  

    First-grader Amor Roybal said, “It made me feel good to collect money for the kids who are sick and don’t have any money or clothing.”

  • Editorial: No shakeups needed

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz has now announced what many already suspected — he is running for Las Vegas mayor.

    In revealing his plans, Ortiz promised that he wouldn’t shake up the city administration. Rather, he plans to keep the city manager and other departmental directors.

  • Martinez wins division; RHS ends 6th

    SANTA FE  — Daniel Martinez stayed unbeaten over the weekend, earning the 152-pound championship in Capital’s 21st annual Jaguar Invitational.

    Martinez, a Robertson junior and a three-time state champion, was honored as the tournament’s outstanding middleweight wrestler.

    The Cardinals, who’d entered Saturday’s semifinal round as the No. 3 team in the 18-team draw, wound up dropping to sixth place with 111 team points by the end of the tourney.

  • Man gets reduced charge

    Prosecutors will pursue a charge of voluntary manslaughter against a man who allegedly shot another last month.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said evidence in the case doesn’t warrant his office to proceed with murder charges.

    Richard Baca, 21, of Los Lunas is accused of killing Benito Lemos, 22, a local postal carrier, at 12th Street and National Avenue.

    The shooting allegedly happened after Lemos got out of his car to confront Baca about cutting him off in another area of town. It happened around 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

  • Treasurer plans mayoral run

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz plans to run for Las Vegas mayor next year — the first to announce his intentions for the city’s top spot.

    Ortiz, 69, said last week he doesn’t plan any shakeups in the city administration. But he promised to work to reverse “downward trends.”

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who is in the second year of a two-year term, hasn’t revealed his plans for the March 2 election.

  • Sluggish start leads to RHS loss

    For Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, the turning point Wednesday night against visiting Taos came early.

    The Tigers took advantage of a slow start by RHS and darted out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead. The Lady Cards never quite recovered, although they outscored their guests every quarter thereafter. Final score: Taos 50, Robertson 48.

    “We gave up a lot of easy shots in that first quarter,” said RHS coach Aunna Bradley.

    “Then we got into foul trouble. Daniella (Montoya) had to sit halfway through the third.”

  • Ex-public works official returns

    Harold Garcia retired from the San Miguel County government in July.

    Now he’s back.

    Garcia, who had been the county’s public works supervisor for much of the last decade, is now the public service foreman. He is in charge of solid waste, animal control, and buildings and grounds, excluding the county jail.

    “They posted the position, I applied for it, and I got it,” Garcia said.

  • Cowboys get first RMAC win

    Roman Andrade hit five three-pointers on his way to tallying 33 points Friday night as New Mexico Highlands picked up its first league victory, a 98-82 verdict against visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    Apparently eager to snap a two-game slide, the Cowboys (6-3 overall, 1-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) broke out to a 14-point halftime lead. The Mountain Lions (1-6, 1-1) rallied to play evenly with NMHU in the second half but never caught up; the closest second-half margin was seven points.

  • Editorial: County takes long view

    Often, the government is criticized for not planning ahead, so we should give officials credit when they take the long view.

    San Miguel County doesn’t have any requests for oil and gas drilling permits pending. Nonetheless, county commissioners have expressed an interest in updating what little is on the books regarding oil and gas regulation.

  • Cards third in Sandia tourney

    Enjoying the advantages of good depth and an improving offense, the Robertson boys’ basketball team punctuated its appearance in the Sandia Prep Invitational by beating Ruidoso 79-56 for third place in the eight-team bracket.

    The three-day tournament wrapped up Saturday in Albuquerque.

    In the third-place game, Robertson guard Larry Romero led four double-digit scorers by pumping in 16 points. Fabian Varela had 15, Justin Bustos added 14, and R.J. McNellis chipped in 10. Mike Martinez scored eight.