Today's News

  • Doyle, Warriors overpower young RHS hoopsters

    Hamilton Doyle may have a bittersweet recollection of the Meadow City, given his history in town, but after his return Thursday night, he had reason to smile.

    Doyle, now the head coach at Socorro, guided his Warriors to a 54-34 decision over Robertson at Mike Marr Gymnasium.

    It wasn’t the prettiest win, rife with turnovers and subpar shooting for both squads.

    Standout 6-5 post Baski Baker was a steadying presence for Socorro early on, giving the Warriors an edge after the young Cardinals threatened to make things interesting.

  • Woman: City didn't follow its process

    A former city secretary who has sued her ex-employer contends the city failed to respond to her grievance in 2005.

    Last month, the former secretary, Pearl Maes, responded to a city request to dismiss her lawsuit claiming breach of contract and retaliatory discharge.

    Maes, who worked for the city from 2001 to 2006, disagreed with the city’s argument that she didn’t pursue her grievance that she made in April 2005. In that grievance, she accused Councilman Cruz Roybal of harassing her for her alleged support for then-Councilman Eugene Romero.

  • City manager resigns

    City Manager Sharon Caballero resigned Friday after five and a half months on the job.

    In leaving, she criticized Mayor Tony Marquez’s leadership style but praised him for his honesty.

    Her resignation comes at a time when the city government has yet to fill five directors’ positions on a permanent basis. Another director is suffering health problems and is likely to be out during the days ahead.

  • Young grapplers place in national tourney

    Five for fighting.

    Actually, make that five for wrestling.

    Five grapplers in the Las Vegas junior wrestling program placed among the elite in the Panhandle Nationals Nov. 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

    One of them, Rico Montoya, won his division outright, compiling a 5-0 record to capture the championship in the 70-pound weight class for wrestlers 11 and younger.

    The Panhandle Nationals tournament is one of several major national events on the junior wrestling circuit, and it draws young competitors from across the region.

  • Near-miss for Cowgirls vs. USW

    It’s a good thing the Highlands Cowgirls had Amanda Beauchamp, Desiree Valentine and Katelyn White back in the fold for Monday night’s home game against University of the Southwest. Considering all the fouls whistled against NMHU in the first half alone, the team needed the extra personnel.

    Indeed, free throw shooting allowed Southwest to stay in the game in the early going. Highlands, increasingly healthy and boasting a nearly full roster for the first time this season, controlled much of the contest but the Mustangs used a late flourish to snag a 59-51 win.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Proposal would shake up district

    Newsflash: St. Michael’s no longer in District 2-3A. Is it possible? Can it be real? Are there some people doing somersaults of joy? What would you say if this is a possibility?

    Well, for those who would like to see this, you might get your wish, that is if a new alignment and classification proposal by the New Mexico Activities Association is approved by New Mexico school superintendents and the NMAA Board of Directors.

  • LETTER: Workers' rights are human rights

    Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This remarkable document, formulated in the aftermath of World War II, expanded the scope and application of our own Bill of Rights, written 159 years earlier.

     The UDHR applies to all individuals throughout the world, whatever their country or beliefs, without any exceptions for local customs. For example, “Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.” (Article 16 (2))

  • District clearing mold

    A crew is working on getting rid of mold inside Union Elementary School.

    On Wednesday, the crew disinfected the mold with bleach and covered it with primer. That process resulted in some children getting nauseated, Superintendent Jim Abreu said.

    The mold was caused by problems with the school’s roof, which the district fixed on a short-term basis, Abreu said. Next summer, the district plans to replace the roof.

  • RHS band prepares for concert

    At last week’s Electric Light Parade, the bands from both West Las Vegas High and Middle schools took part.

    And so did Moriarty High School’s, which had to endure a two-hour drive.

    Noticeably missing was Robertson High School’s band. The parade is likely the biggest local event in which school musicians can show off their talents.

    But Robertson’s longtime band director, Wally Sanchez, said he had good reasons for not having his band participate. It was the second year in a row in which it didn’t.

  • EDITORIAL: Address issue responsibly

    Next week, San Miguel County Commission members will have a weighty issue placed on their shoulders. At 10 a.m. Tuesday, they will consider an amendment to the county’s renewable energy ordinance to establish greater setbacks and noise limits for wind turbines. We hope the commissioners will give it the serious consideration it deserves.