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Today's News

  • Cowboys complete sweep of Mines

    The 10th ranked Highlands baseball team made it a clean sweep of Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, downing the Orediggers 12-9.

    NMHU is 25-6 and 15-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    David Bustillos and Jason Carr both went 4 for 5 to pace the Cowboy offense, helping reliever Tyler Shaddy (2-1) to a pitching win. The game was knotted at 9-9 midway through the eighth inning, but Carr hit a three-run homer — his 12th — to push Highlands forward.

  • RHS netters take own event

    Dual championship victories for the home teams were the order of the day Saturday in the Robertson Tennis Invitational.

    It’s the second tournament win in as many weekends for coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi’s Cardinals, who also won in Carlsbad.

    The RHS Invite included teams from Belen, Portales, Raton and Sandia Prep as well as Robertson. West Las Vegas usually participates but is not fielding a team this year.

  • Ex-Vegas officer acquitted

    A former Las Vegas police officer was acquitted of charges of making inappropriate advances toward a woman while in uniform.

    On Wednesday, Robert Ortega, 36, was acquitted by a six-member jury in Magistrate Court on two petty misdemeanor charges of battery.

    According to state police, a woman reported that she was working at a service station on Jan. 24, 2009, when Ortega, who was filling up his car, asked her what was wrong. She told the officer that her former boyfriend had been harassing her.

  • As It Is: The last of the movie rental stores

    The days of movie rental stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Last year, Blockbuster shut its doors, as it has in many places around the country.

    Recently, we learned that Movie Gallery on Seventh Street is planning to close as well. That, according to the Yellow Pages, leaves no other movie rental stores in Las Vegas (unless you count the Redbox vending machine in Wal Mart’s entrance).

  • Highlands hikes tuition rates

    As officials hiked tuition rates at Highlands University last week, they said the school still had the best price for a quality education.

    President Jim Fries recommended a 7.7 percent increase for resident students or a $8.80 increase per credit hour. Non-residents and international students will see a 7.5 percent hike, to $166 and $216 per credit hour respectively.   

  • Letter: An enormous step forward

    I’d like to say thank you to Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich and Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall for having the courage and vision to stick to their principles and vote for supporting the health care reform bill.

    They and all the other Democrats who did have created a change in our government perhaps far larger than anyone yet realizes. Business as usual, through monied lobbyists and bought media, should be much more difficult. Perhaps these congresspeople have succeeded in loosening the grip of the big corporations on policymaking.

  • Cowboys bury Mines

    Jason Carr crushed a three-run homer to spark the Highlands Cowboys’ offense in the first inning of a four-game series against visiting Colorado School of Mines, and he and his team kept its recent streak of success rolling along.

    NMHU won Thursday’s opener 17-6, then swept CSM 10-2 and 4-3 on Friday at Brandt Park. The teams were to play a non-league tilt on Saturday after this issue went to press.

    Through Friday, Highlands is 24-6 overall and 14-3 in RMAC play, good for first place both in the RMAC Mountain Division and in the eight-team league as a whole.

  • Rattlers sweep Luna in softball

    The Rattlers of visiting Otero Junior College slithered off with two wins Thursday in a softball doubleheader at Luna Community College.

    Otero’s pitching and defense dictated matters in the opener, a 7-1 win.

    Both sides got the sticks going in a competitive, wind-swept game two.

  • Several locals qualify for state

    With a month to go before the New Mexico high school track and field championships, a number of area athletes have punched their tickets to the big meet.

    The small-school state meet is May 5-6, followed by the one for Class 3A through 5A on May 7-8, all at the University of New Mexico complex in Albuquerque.

    Class 3A qualifiers include:

    • Estevan Vigil, Robertson, in the boys’ 100-meter dash (11.02 seconds); 200 (22.6); 400 (51.76); long jump (20-3); and javelin (158-2, longest throw to date among 3A boys);

  • Still needed in the GOP

    Recently, former New Mexico Gov. David Cargo visited Las Vegas, as he has done so many times before. And true to his nature, this lifelong Republican found friends at every turn in this overwhelmingly Democratic town.

    On radio and at this newspaper, he told the tales of his political trials and tribulations as though he were reliving the glory days of his illustrious past. Anyone who is familiar with him knows he’s quite the storyteller — he has a lot of fun remembering days gone by.