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Today's News

  • Letter: Drilling and smoking in Mora County

    The public session to discuss gas drilling in Mora County turned out to be a walk down memory lane. I could hear echoes of statements made decades ago by representatives of the tobacco industry.

  • Soccer team pays respect to victims

    A tragedy occurred on Nov. 11, 2006, that shocked northern New Mexico.  

    A drunken driver speeding the wrong way down Interstate 25 slammed into a minivan, killing five members of a Las Vegas family. The crash killed Paul Gonzales; his wife, Renee Collins-Gonzales; and their daughters Jacqueline Gonzales, Selena Gonzales, and Alisha Garcia. Arissa Garcia, who has since graduated from West Las Vegas High School, was the sole survivor.

  • 10-year-old makes Duke City final

    This past week Jaci Fulgenzi, 10 years old, finished second in the Tennis Club of Albuquerque Junior Open, girls’ 10-and-under singles division.  

    Jaci defeated Christine Roerick of Albuquerque 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and followed up that win by defeating the tournament’s No. 2 seed Carmen Corley of Albuquerque 6-3, 6-0; in doing so she avenged an earlier summer loss. In Jaci’s first finals she was de-feated by Ivana Corley 6-1, 6-1.  

  • Wind Farms' effects on health

    On Thursday June 11, two speakers made presentations on Wind Turbine Noise to the Sustainable Las Vegas group. This meeting was part of SLV’s current efforts to inform the public about sustainable issues. This topic is especially timely since San Miguel County is currently revising their county wind ordinance to more adequately address the issue of the siting of large turbine wind towers.

  • No rest for local tennis players

    Summer has hardly been a time of rest and relaxation for local tennis players who have been active in a number of recent regional tournaments.

    “We’ve been getting after it,” said Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, head tennis coach at Robertson High. In addition to his usual work, Fulgenzi has his schedule full of private lessons for different ages.

  • Sex offender’s request rejected

    The attorney for a Mora County sex offender asked a state district judge this week to suspend the part of the offender’s sentence involving an alleged sex crime against a 4-year-old boy.

    After a court hearing that included a tearful speech by the boy’s mother, Judge Eugenio Mathis rejected the request.

    Last year, Clifford Gutierrez, 35, who had nine alleged victims, was sentenced to probation at the request of the victims’ families, instead of a prison term, which is more typical.

  • EDITORIAL: Get experts to debate

    During Mora County’s public hearing on oil and gas drilling, everyone agreed on one thing: Mora County is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And, indeed, the view is incredible.

    Many of the speakers at the hearing said they didn’t want anything that would spoil the scenery, and in their minds, oil and gas drilling would do just that. They also contended that the drilling would cause water and air pollution.

    To help their arguments, some ranchers came in from San Juan County to talk about the negative impacts of natural gas drilling there.

  • Old National residents tired of speeders

    Residents on Old National Road want San Miguel County to take action to prevent speeding and careless driving in their neighborhood.

    Officials said they are planning to deal with the problem.

    At last week’s County Commission meeting, residents reported that many drivers on Old National, which is on the north end of town, go well past the speed limit of 25 mph and don’t negotiate the curves well, knocking down mailboxes and fences.

    They also said it’s dangerous for students walking to nearby Memorial Middle School.

  • SENIOR PROFILE: Reaching for the brass rings

    Obviously proud of his family, heritage and service to his country and his fellow man, Erminio  “Ermie” Martinez radiates satisfaction and gratitude for the various opportunities afforded him during his 80 years of life.

    Born in Holman May 18, 1929, Ermie recalls his early years of schooling at Agua Negra Presbyterian School. Noting that his parents, aunts and uncles had attended this school, he says, “ It was not only the imposed discipline of the atmosphere” that impressed him, “but that they got the students interested.”

  • Biker, fiestas are this weekend

    Residents in both San Miguel and Mora counties should have plenty to do over the weekend.

    The fourth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally will be held in the Meadow City, with most events at Plaza Park.

    And Mora will hold its annual fiesta in its central area. Villanueva has its fiesta planned as well.

    Today, Plaza Park opens for the bike rally, with entertainment and other activities throughout the weekend. The event has been getting bigger and bigger each year.