Today's News

  • No. 7 Skyhawks need overtime to stop Cowgirls

    The hard-luck Highlands Cowgirls took another nationally ranked team to overtime before losing once again by one goal.

    NMHU (4-5 going into Sunday’s home match with Colorado State-Pueblo) lost to Fort Lewis College 3-2 on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands led 2-1 after Janelle McGee’s goal off a Jaime Sawchuck assist in the 75th minute. But Fort Lewis’ Elena Benavides played the spoiler, tying the match in the nick of time at the 89:47 mark. Then Benavides took a feed from Megan Striedel for the match winner in overtime.

  • Cowboys stumble at WSC

    Western State College’s Mountaineers exacted some retribution for New Mexico Highlands’ last-second heroics against them a season ago, scoring a 15-14 homecoming victory on a last-second 27-yard field goal by Lloyd Tucker on Saturday in Gunnison, Colo.

    It was the first loss of the season for the Cowboys (4-1 overall, 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and the first win of the year for Western State (1-4, 1-2).

    Highlands, head coach Eric Young and his staff now prepare for a homecoming matchup against Adams State on Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Rio Grande game notable for its coaches

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico may be without fired head football coach Mike Locksley.

    But this past Saturday’s Rio Grande Rivalry between New Mexico and New Mexico State continued one recent tradition that is still a rarity in Football Bowl Subdivision games — two black head coaches going against each other.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 3, 2011

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • NMHU women vs. Texas-Permian Basin, 3 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Robertson girls at Pojoaque Valley, 3 p.m., Jacona
    • Mora vs. Pecos, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym

    • Robertson boys at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos


  • FYI - Sports - Oct. 3, 2011

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.


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  • Local tot in ‘cutest’ contest

    Peyton Richardson has always been a fighter, so it likely comes as no surprise to anyone who knows her that the spirited 2-year-old has muscled her way to the front of the pack in a national cutest babies contest being sponsored by NBC’s Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda.

    Peyton, of Las Vegas, beat out about 40,000 other babies to claim one of the top 10 semifinalist spots in the contest. Semifinalists were announced during Wednesday’s show.

  • Senior Profile - Antoinette Fox

    Antoinette Fox calls herself a “private person” but nonetheless has done her part to impact the public sector to make positive differences.

    I like being involved with the community, learning from and being educated by its members. I am a ‘lucky one’ — very shy, self-employed — and I choose my political battles carefully because it’s both an advantage and a disadvantage to be an outsider.”

  • Police nab 23-year-old escapee

    A 23-year-old Las Vegas woman who escaped from police custody a month ago after being arrested on burglary and other charges was apprehended this past weekend.

    Kristin Hoogerhuis, of the 700 block of Taos Street, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center this past Saturday, Sept. 24, and is being held in lieu of a $40,000 cash only bond.

    Hoogerhuis is charged with auto burglary, conspiracy and escape from custody of a peace officer, all fourth-degree felonies, and with a petty misdemeanor count of larceny.

  • City moving forward with water projects

    The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to publish requests for proposals for two water projects that one city councilor says are critical to the city’s future.

    The first RFP seeks professional engineering consulting services for design, environmental and permitting for the rehabilitation and reservoir enlargement of Peterson Dam. The second seeks professional engineering consulting services for design, environmental and permitting for desalination of brackish groundwater being produced by Taylor Well No. 7.

  • Block to resign in plea deal

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is resigning as part of a plea agreement Wednesday with the attorney general’s office over the misuse of taxpayer money and election law violations.

    Block pleaded guilty in state district court to felony charges, including fraudulent use of a state-issued gasoline card and identity theft.