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Today's News

  • State report gets mixed reaction

    One West Las Vegas board member believes a critical state report on the district will help make the schools better. Another thought that the report was unjust at times.

    Several board members also expressed concern that the draft report was leaked early.

    Staffers from the Legislative Finance Committee, the agency that drafted the report, attended West’s board meeting last week.

    Board member Kenny Lujan said he welcomed the findings, which contained recommendations that he said would improve the district. 

  • Work of Art: Mortified at Mortimer Hall?

    As huge scoops of rock, mortar, wood and glass were loaded into waiting dump trucks yesterday, I waved goodbye.

    It’s gone. Mortimer Hall, my home away from home for about 25 years — its parts being hauled off to a landfill somewhere — has been razed, with surprising speed, to make room for the new student center.

  • NMHU wrestler RMAC honoree

    After stunning the nation’s top-ranked grappler in his 125-pound weight class, New Mexico Highlands University’s Seth Wright earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week honors this past week.

    Wright is 7-3 (2-0 RMAC) as the Cowboys prepare for their long-awaited home debut Thursday night against Fort Hays State, followed by a Saturday matinee against tough Central Oklahoma.  Wright upset defending national champion Arsenia Barksdale, the No. 1 rated 125 in NCAA Division II, in a 9-4 decision as the Cowboys visited Adams State.

  • Editorial: The price tag on progress

    Bill Richardson has had a good run as governor, but it’s not over yet. His place in our state’s history — as a mover and shaker who led us into some lasting improvements or as an overly ambitious leader who broke the bank — will be determined in large measure by the upcoming legislative session.

  • Mural unveiled

    Unveiling a mural two days before Martin Luther King Day, Casa de Cultura Director Miguel Angel quoted King as saying, “Our goal is to create the beloved community, and this will create a qualitative change in our souls, as well as a qualitative change of our lives.”

    Angel said people must become more active in their community.

    “The youth are our focus. Dr. King used to say, ‘A community that does not esteem its youth has no future,’ and we take that to heart,” Angel said.

  • Editorial: Help for a neighbor

    There are times when our better nature show through. During times of crisis, when neighbors are helping neighbors — that’s one of those times. Then there are the times when we help people we don’t even know because, well, we know it’s the right thing to do.

  • 'I did it'

    Last week, Sipapu ski shop employee and Las Trampas native Frank Lopez made one extraordinary trip down the mountain at Sipapu. His legs were shaky, and his skis didn’t go very fast. However, this amazing journey had nothing do with his form or speed: Frank was skiing under his own power after countless doctors told him he’d never walk again.

  • Big bench play helps Highlands roll Regis

    Balanced scoring and superior bench productivity enabled host New Mexico Highlands to neutralize Matt Rosinski, Regis’ big gun, in an 86-68 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball win Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowboys salvaged a weekend split after having lost to nationally ranked Metro State by a 97-79 margin Friday.

    NMHU (9-6 overall, 3-4 RMAC) and coach Joe Harge host Mesa State and Western State this Friday and Saturday to continue the homestand.

  • Judge lowers suspect's bond

    A state district judge last week lowered the bond for a man accused of killing another in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

    Richard Baca, 21, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter, had been in jail on a $1 million bond. But after arguments from both the state and defense, District Judge Eugenio Mathis reduced that amount to $100,000.

    Baca is also barred from entering San Miguel County, except for court appearances, the judge ruled. Baca is to stay with his grandmother in Los Lunas, which is south of Albuquerque.

  • Las Vegas gets new interim attorney

    Longtime local attorney David Romero is the city’s new interim attorney, a job he has had before.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously voted to approve Mayor Tony Marquez’s recommendation of Romero as the attorney. Romero has served as the city attorney in Las Vegas and other New Mexico towns, including Santa Rosa.