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Today's News

  • LETTER: Choice decoration along Interstate 25

    It’s been a pet peeve of mine for several years. On and off the air. Every time I drive into town to check the mail, go to the bank or run other errands, I hop on Interstate 25, exit 347 and off the middle exit. And every time I admire the choice decorations of wrecked cars, old trucks, gutted school buses, single wides with their roofs flapping in the breeze, 18-wheelers and mountains of wooden pallets along that stretch of I-25.

  • City to get county help

    With many of its top positions still vacant, the city says it will be receiving some help from county officials in the coming weeks, Mayor Tony Marquez says.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez said County Manager Les Montoya has offered to help the city by volunteering his expertise on such matters as the budget. He said the council and staff should feel free to contact members of the county administration.

  • Big Monday: No. 1 Huskies over Cards, 4A power Sundevils over Dons

    Robertson’s boys’ basketball team can take some solace in the knowledge they aren’t alone.

    A number of teams have entertained hopes of beating Hope Christian — and most have gotten mauled by the No. 1 Huskies. Including some pretty good teams — like Clovis, St. Pius, Española Valley, St. Michael’s and Valley.

    Hope won 77-29 on Monday night in Albuquerque, improving to 11-3 overall; the Cardinals fell to 4-10.

  • Workin' overtime: Cowboys own extra sessions vs. CSM, CCU

    Takin’ care of business and workin’ overtime.

    With a nod to ‘70s supergroup Bachman-Turner Overdrive, that’s what the Highlands Cowboys (10-3 overall, 4-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) spent the weekend doing in a two-night homestand against league foes Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian.

    NMHU beat CSM 93-85 on Friday night, then defeated CCU 63-58 on Saturday. Both games spilled into overtime, delighting the Wilson Complex crowds.

  • WLV wrestlers 10th in Liberal

    Highlighted by John Armijo’s close-shave runner-up finish, the West Las Vegas Dons placed 10th with a short squad in Saturday’s big Southwest Classic in Liberal, Kan.

    The Dons accumulated 57 team points, led by Armijo, who lost the 160-pound championship by one point.

  • Man gets 10 years for bar murder

    A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing another man at a bar in 2007.

    Michael Esquibel, 28, of San Juan Pueblo, N.M., was originally charged with an open count of murder in the death of Manuel Ramirez Rodriguez, a Mexican citizen, on Oct. 7, 2007, at Artie’s Place, a bar at the Inn of Las Vegas.

    However, as part of a plea agreement, Esquibel pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • EDITORIAL: Growing the economy

    Last week President-elect Barack Obama laid the hammer down. On Thursday he called upon Congress to “act boldly and act now” to address an economy in peril, by enacting tax cuts and government spending measures totaling as much as $1 trillion. Using his strongest words so far, Obama outlined a nightmare scenario that included a recession that lasts for years and unemployment in the double digits.

  • Man dies on icy portion of I-25

    A Las Vegas man died in an accident after the car he was riding in rolled over on Interstate 25 Sunday morning, state police said.

    Daniel Garcia Jr., 22, of El Llano Road, was a passenger in the car, police said. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    The driver, Adam Ortiz, 22, of Catalina Court, declined to go to the hospital and was able to walk away, said state police Lt. Craig Martin.

  • Candidates can file for Luna posts

    Wednesday is filing day for candidates for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees for the March 3 election. The hours for filing are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The seats up for election are those held by Kenneth Flores in the Santa Rosa-based District 4, Don Shaw in the Springer-based District 6 and Tony Valdez in the Las Vegas-based District 2. The board consists of seven trustees.

    In the last election, incumbents won all the seats up for election.

  • Highlands seeks to take over college

    Highlands University took its first official step toward taking over the College of Santa Fe — a major expansion for the local four-year institution.

    The acquisition is contingent upon the approval of the state Legislature and the state Board of Finance, among other agencies.

    After an hourlong closed session, Highlands’ Board of Regents voted 3-0 in favor of a letter of intent, which gives the university a 120-day window to buy the financially struggling Santa Fe school.