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Today's News

  • County enacts drilling moratorium

    The San Miguel County Commission passed a year-long moratorium on permits for oil and gas drilling — a move supported by everyone who spoke before the panel, including an industry spokeswoman.

    No one has approached the county about possible drilling, but companies have proposed such activity in neighboring Mora and Santa Fe counties.

    In calling for the moratorium, the county plans to form a task force and seek the advice of experts to develop a new ordinance for drilling. The current land-use ordinance includes just a half page dealing with such activity.

  • Hospital payment delayed

    No show, no money.

    That was the County Commission’s position this week when it rejected Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s request for nearly $42,000 in indigent funds.

    In November, the county started requesting that representatives from both Alta Vista and Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center appear before the commission to get their portion of county indigent funds.

    Such money helps the hospitals cover the costs of people too poor to pay for health care.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... A BAD THUMB. Last week we paid tribute to the Robertson High School boys’ basketball team championship at the Stu Clark Tournament, intending to give the Cardinals a thumbs up for their accomplishment. But we went the wrong direction and accidentally used a down thumb instead, thereby leading some of our readers to a bad impression.

  • Letter: Accused DWI offender was hurt

    In reporting the story on John Roybal, the words allegation and allegedly were used loosely. The word “fact,” I believe, did not appear. Here are some points to consider.

  • Hometown Heroes: Woman leaves forest agency after 32 years

    Dolores Maese told a large audience of family and friends that for the last 32 years she loved to go to work because every day she worked with heroes.

    “I have so much respect for those who lay their lives on the line, those who are on the front lines fighting fires, and those who manage the forests and state parks,” Maese said.

    Maese started with the U.S. Forest Service in 1978, rising from a clerk-typist at the Las Vegas Ranger District to a public affairs officer at the regional office in Santa Fe.

  • Letter: Thoughts after a loved one's death

    At this time we would like to thank the jury for their time and verdict, the Fourth District Attorney Richard Flores, Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney Tom Clayton, State Prosecutor Amber Hirsch, other members for the district attorney’s office who followed up during the hearings leading up the the trail and the Las Vegas Police Department detectives and offices who took part in the investigation of this crime.

    The prosecution team did an awesome job in presenting the case for the family and friends of the victim Timoteo M. Jaramillo.

  • RHS girls roll in Santa Fe

    Miranda Garcia led all scorers with 17 points Tuesday night as Robertson won convincingly, 53-31 at Santa Fe High.

    Karlee Bradley (12 points, four assists, six steals) and Kassandra Tapia (11 points, 15 rebounds, five assists) also reached double figures; Daniella Montoya added four assists and six steals for the eighth-ranked Lady Cardinals, who play in an Aztec tournament this weekend.

  • Guest column: Tax junk, not healthy, food

    The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce recently proposed that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. If the GACC wants to raise taxes, a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive for New Mexico families.

  • NMHU back in town

    It’s been a while since New Mexico Highlands basketball fans got to see their favorite teams live in Las Vegas, but given the caliber of the upcoming weekend lineup of games at the Wilson Complex, the wait may be well worth it.

    Metro State College of Denver (11-2, 4-1 RMAC), ranked as high as 12th in NCAA Division II in preseason polls, will be here Friday night to take on the host Cowboys. The Roadrunners are led by wings Reggie Evans (17.2 ppg) and Donte Nicholas (16.8 ppg).

    Saturday the Cowboys face Regis (6-7, 1-4).

  • West girls are No. 1

    As expected, West Las Vegas girls’ basketball has claimed sole possession of the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A.

    The latest New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll, released Wednesday, gives the Lady Dons (14-1) the nod. West had been tied with Lovington for the top spot but beat the Lady Wildcats in a head-to-head matchup last week. The team has since defeated Mora, Santa Fe and most recently Peñasco (64-42 on Wednesday night).