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Today's News

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

    thumb DOWN to ... A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT? The Mora school district deserves much criticism for its use of a big slush fund to the detriment of education. And we’ve joined in that chorus.

    But what about area state lawmakers who accepted thousands of dollars in gifts from the district, which serves one of the poorest areas in New Mexico? The primary recipients were Sen. Phil Griego and Reps. Thomas Garcia, Richard Vigil and Andrew Barreras.

  • State police: Officers taken off street

    The head of the local state police station disagrees with an attorney general’s finding that his agency is required to take arrested juveniles to youth jails in other counties.

    State police Capt. Toby Dolan said that as a result, his officers are being taken off the streets to transport juvenile offenders. For instance, his agency had to take three such youths to a lockup in Santa Fe last weekend.

  • Lawyers urged to assist poor

    Two-thirds of civil cases in the state district courts in San Miguel and Mora counties last year involved debts and foreclosures, according to court statistics.

    District Eugenio Mathis used that number to demonstrate the need for area attorneys to provide more pro bono work — in other words, offering their services to the poor without compensation.

    Since the Fourth Judicial District formed a pro bono committee last year, a number of lawyers have been active, Mathis said, but not nearly enough to help the large number of low-income people in the area.

  • Cowboys picked to take title

    A secret no longer, the New Mexico HIghlands men’s basketball team is the preseason favorite to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    After breaking a record for best single-season turnaround in NCAA hoops history, coach Joe Harge and his Cowboys garnered seven of 14 first-place votes in the 14-team league’s preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday. NMHU was 20-8 and 14-5 RMAC in Harge’s first season at the helm.

    Nationally ranked Metro State was the favorite to win the RMAC East and received five first-place votes.

  • Roanhaus, Rifilato to meet again

    The last time Chad Roanhaus and Ed Rifilato were at Perkins Stadium together for a football game, the Highlands Cowboys won a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship.

    That was 1999, one full decade ago, and Rifilato was head coach at NMHU while Roanhaus, a recent alumnus of the program, was one of the assistants. Now Rif is manning the sidelines at RMAC rival Fort Lewis and Roanhaus is coaching his old team.

  • Letter: State land trade must be stopped

    It has come to our attention that Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons is proposing to trade the Aspen Hill portion of Unit 48 to the Stanley Ranch and The UU-Bar Express Ranch in exchange for some unusable and undesirable parcels of land. This is his third attempt at compromising the sportsmen and women of Northern New Mexico in exchange for favor among the ranching population.

  • Man shot near bar

    A man was shot near a local bar late Thursday afternoon, official said.

  • Mustangs sweep Cowgirls

    In completing a fall sports sweep of its intrastate rival, Western New Mexico’s volleyball team made quick work of visiting New Mexico Highlands Tuesday night In Silver City.

    WNMU defeated the Cowgirls in straight sets (25-17, 25-20, 25-19).

    Vanessa Leal led the Highlands  attack with seven kills. Linda Stevens collected 19 assists. Katie Spence and Kelsey Groff hit the deck for 12 and 10 digs, respectively.

    Lone Mustang senior Ellen East notched 31 assists, two service aces, nine digs, and three block assists in the WNMU home finale.

  • Mora official explains practices

    State Auditor Hector Balderas said this week he believes mismanagement and a lack of training are the core issues in a recent state audit of the Mora school district.

    He recently released an audit that found that most of the money deposited into a discretionary account was done so improperly.

    In an interview this week, the district’s business manager, Agnes Padilla, said the district often found it easier to use the account in question. She also said the district lacked policies for some expenditures.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    The Ride To Pride 2009 Annual Benefit, Dinner, Dance and Auction proved to be another success! Serving over 280 persons for the dinner, the fundraiser brought in over $12,000 in proceeds. An outstanding success that could not have been done without the support our community. On behalf of Ride To Pride, the Board of Trustees would like to thank the following for their generous support of this year’s event: