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Today's News

  • 'Pokes 2-0 in Durango

    Outside shooting accuracy helped New Mexico Highlands collect its first two wins of the men’s basketball season over the weekend in Durango, Colo.

    NMHU (2-1) beat Grand Canyon 81-74 on Friday, then vanquished Calumet College 94-71 on Saturday as part of the Fort Lewis College Skyhawk Classic.

    The Cowboys host their own tourney, the NMHU Thanksgiving Classic, this weekend at the Wilson Complex.

    On Friday, Roman Andrade sizzled for 30 points, four assists and five steals to lead Highlands. Mindaugas Markevicius added 15 points and Kelvin Franklin 12.

  • Official: West 'in heck of a pickle'

    West Las Vegas school board member Caroline Lopez told her colleagues late last week that she agreed with most of the findings in a scathing state report on the district.

    The board’s regular meeting was on Thursday night, just hours after the state Legislative Finance Committee released its report on West and four other districts, including the Las Vegas City Schools.

    For five hours of the meeting, nothing was said about the state analysis. But shortly after 11 p.m., Lopez voiced her opinion on the committee’s 28-page report.

  • Union, city struggle to strike deal

    An official from the city’s biggest union says it’s having a difficult time reaching a new agreement with the city.

    Chris Armijo, a representative of the city chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, tried to air the union’s views during the public input portion of Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

  • Co-op maintaining power lines

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative is working with contractors to maintain its infrastructure.

    A recent memo from the co-op said that Sundance Power Pole Inspections has been hired to test power poles for structural integrity along the coop’s more than 1,800 miles of lines.  The company uses global positioning site technology along with Google Earth imaging to alert the co-op’s management to critical issues, hopefully reducing system failures.

  • 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.