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Today's News

  • White's Peak action draws only one bid

    SANTA FE -- Only one person submitted a bid for 7,206 acres of state trust land in the White’s Peak area north of Ocaté by Tuesday’s deadline.

    Rancher David Stanley, one of four private landowners involved in a negotiating a complicated land swap, was the lone bidder.

    The swap is aimed at reducing conflict between the public — mostly hunters and outdoor enthusiasts — and landowners in the area, which has become a checkerboard of public and private holdings.

  • Letter: Unfairness in city utility bills

    I have been fighting the city for the past 18 months to see if the city will change the way it is charging us for the water and the sewer. Did you know that a private residence is allotted 2,000 gallons a month at a certain rate? After 2,000 gallons the price rate goes up, but did you all know that if you don’t use the 2,000 gallons in a month you are still paying for 2,000 gallons? Last month I used 780 gallons and I still had to pay for 2,000 gallons. I don’t think that’s fair.

  • Letter: Septic system requirement

    A word of warning for disabled and low-income property owners. All homeowners in the state must have a septic system by 2011. If a septic system is not installed on your property by 2011. The state Environmental Protection Agency will install a septic system for that property owner at a cost of $5,000 or more in 2011.

    Grant money is not available in Mora and San Miguel counties to assist disabled and elderly property owners to purchase septic tanks or pay for the installation of septic tanks.

  • Redbirds show depth in opener

    Seven Robertson High players scored in Friday night’s season-opening 61-46 victory over Newcomb, hinting at the depth  the Cardinals enjoy this boys’ basketball season.

    Justin Bustos’ five three-point baskets and 24 total points showed something else — these Cards can shoot from deep, too.

    Bustos, a junior wing, hit his first three to end the first quarter amid an 11-0 Robertson run. As it turned out, that surge ultimately decided the game.

  • Homeless shelter at local church

    A local church is stepping up to provide a shelter for the homeless for the next month.

    Starting more than a week ago, the First Baptist Church, 201 Mountain View Drive, has been hosting a temporary shelter during nights. It will provide this service through Dec. 21.

    Samaritan House, a local nonprofit group that helps the poor, is seeking another church to offer its building for the subsequent month.

  • WLV mid-school girls win in Pojoaque

    A championship and a second-place finish were the rewards for a hard-fought effort by West Las Vegas Middle School girls’ basketball teams in the Pojoaque Invitational Nov. 19-21.

    The WLVMS seventh grade team beat St. Michael’s in one final, while their eighth-grade counterparts pushed DeVargas to the limit in the other.

  • Students get lesson on Thanksgiving

    “The Animals Thanksgiving" narrator Vincent Pacheco told his packed classroom at Sierra Vista Elementary that Thanksgiving Day is a happy holiday, filled with good eating and family fun. 

  • Cowboys riding four-game streak

    On Saturday night, the Wilson Complex became the Chop Shop.

    New Mexico Highlands wing Chop Tang scored 44 points, grabbed eight rebounds and chipped in with two assists, two blocks and three steals to lead his team to a 109-100 triumph over Angelo State University.

  • Time to move on solar tax breaks

    As this year draws to a close, those who want to take advantage of federal and state tax credits for the installation of a solar energy system on their 2009 tax returns need to act soon.

  • As It Is: Pleading no contest

    A few weeks ago, I mentioned in this column that I had received a ticket for driving 27 mph in a 15-mph zone on National Avenue at Highlands University. And I wrote that it was true: I had been exceeding the speed limit.

    When the officer presented me with the citation, he had me sign on the spot where I would go to Municipal Court. I’m used to just admitting my guilt and choosing the option in which I pay a fine.