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Today's News

  • Sheriff freed from some transports

    The San Miguel County Sheriff's Department has been freed of one of its bigger responsibilities.

    For years, sheriff’s deputies have taken arrested juveniles to youth jails in other counties for both the Las Vegas and state police. However, because of a July opinion from the state’s attorney general’s office, the department no longer transports just-arrested youths.

  • Editorial: Down to business

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission decided to slap liens on more than 100 properties for unpaid solid waste bills.

    The county didn’t enjoy having to do so. For some time, its finance staff has been trying to get people to pay their bills for the use of the county’s solid waste convenience centers. But, apparently, they haven’t been tough enough in their efforts, since the county is now sitting on $161,000 in outstanding solid waste bills.

  • Paying tribute to the dead

    People stood shoulder to shoulder at times to see the third annual Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit at Burris Hall and the Ray Drew Gallery on the Highlands University campus last week.

    Casa de Cultura Executive Director Miguel Angel said many schools and clubs participated in the exhibit that commemorates the celebration of life.

    As people learn more about Dia de los Muertos, they are less likely to connect it with the American holiday Halloween, which is celebrated with a lot of ghoulish good cheer, organizers said.

  • Mustangs toss Cowboys

    There were moments Saturday when it seemed New Mexico Highlands simply had to win the football game at Western New Mexico.

    One was when Narciso Diaz heaved the ball downfield into the grasp of Travis Lee, who darted beyond the reach of defenders for a 66-yard touchdown. That score (coupled with Greg Rivara's extra point) drew the Cowboys within 16-14 and may have rattled the collective nerves of the announced crowd of 543 at Ben Altamirano Stadium, on hand to witness WNMU's homecoming game.

  • Highlands boots ASC

    Ending an eight-game slide, the New Mexico Highlands women's soccer team rode a strong first half to defeat Adams State 2-0 on Friday at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowgirls and Justin Wagar were to play Sunday, carrying a 3-11 RMAC record.

    Yolanda Elias struck first for Highlands on Friday, drawing a penalty in what turned out to be a physical, foul-plagued afternoon. She booted a penalty kick at the 12:20 mark off Grizzly goalkeeper Kirsten Dorsey.

  • Kazingo, Kirui are all-RMAC

    New Mexico Highlands' Nicaise Kazingo and Moses Kirui earned all-conference honors Saturday, setting the pace for a pair of seventh-place team finishes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships.

    Highlands' men were seventh of 11 schools; the NMHU women seventh of 13 in the meet, hosted by Metro State in Denver.

    Adams State added to its string of team championships in both races and is considered a leading contender for the national title on the men's and women's sides.

  • Editorial: Moving in the right direction

    In the state’s effort to combat drunken driving, Gov. Bill Richardson has worked hard to reverse unfortunate trends. He can rightly claim credit for having some success in this regard.

    For the first time, New Mexico has dropped out of the top 10 for DWI fatalities. In 2008, the National Traffic Safety Administration ranked the Land of Enchantment 11th for the number of such fatalities per 100,000 population.

  • Grand Avenue project goes out to bid

    After years of planning, the project to improve Grand Avenue has gone out to bid.

    The bidding process is expected to take up to two months, and then work should begin after the winter ends. The project is slated for completion in the late summer of 2010.

    “The crews will work with business owners to provide access during the project,” said Kenny Lujan, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

    The road should be open nearly all the time, although it may be closed for an hour at times, he said.

  • As It Is: Remove the cloud

    Incumbents have a big advantage when it comes to raising campaign funds. Lobbyists and big business shower those in office with money.

    Just look at the last local race for state representative. Incumbent Richard Vigil got thousands and thousands of dollars in out-of-town special interest money. In total fundraising, Vigil raised $60,000 to Travis Regensberg’s $12,000 and Naomi Montoya’s $6,000.

    Regensberg got just one out-of-town special-interest donation, $500 from the New Mexico Federation of Teachers. Montoya got none.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On Sept. 6, Las Vegas citizens were rocking to the beat of the first annual Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival at King Stadium, right behind Camp Luna.