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Today's News

  • As It Is: Not getting the whole story

    Many people have left the journalism profession to get more money. I don’t fault them for doing so.

    But it’s frustrating when they join government agencies and push for greater secrecy.

    At newspapers, we admittedly have an agenda: Promoting governmental openness.

    After all, taxpayers are footing the bills. They ought to know what’s going on.

  • Letter: Tribute to an educator

    Mr. Elias Hurtado has gone to a better life, but like most good educators he has left his footprints in the valley.

  • Alamo Street residents upset

    There’s no sugarcoating the condition of a portion of Alamo Street: It’s a muddy messy.

    And some residents there are fed up.

    The city suspended construction on Alamo from McRae to South Pacific streets at the onset of winter in mid-December. The same went for Piñon Street.

    With 18 snows so far this season, Alamo has become muddier and muddier. Two weeks ago, a garbage truck got struck. And the street contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel, found its tractors sliding around when it tried to fix after a recent rain.

  • Wright a national champ!

    New Mexico Highlands University athletes Seth Wright and Angella Graham have made the most of their time in the national spotlight.

    Wright became the school’s first NCAA Division II national champion in any sport, after winning the 125-pound tournament over the weekend in Omaha, Neb.

  • Editorial: Spreading sunshine

    This is Sunshine Week, a time to recognize the importance of openness in local, state and national government. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that open government is necessary to maintain the ideal that government should be an institution of, by and for the people.

  • Rangers, Lady Panthers make it to quarters

    Northeastern New Mexico carved out its corner of the Class 2A state basketball tournaments this past week, with the Mora Rangers and the Pecos’ Lady Panthers both advancing to the round of eight in their respective brackets.

    Alas, that’s where their runs would end, with neither team reaching the semifinals.

    Pecos lost 57-8 to Texico, the top-ranked team in the classification.

    The Wolverines joined Peñasco, Navajo Pine and Santa Rosa in the 2A girls’ Final Four.

  • Letter: Las Vegas moves to new objectives

    Congratulations to all the candidates for participating in the democratic process. The Home Rule Charter was passed and two new city councilors and a mayor have been elected. This is wonderful news.

    Now is the time for citizens to continue their involvement in city government by attending City Council meetings and urging our elected representatives to do the work necessary to correct the neglect of the years.

  • Above and Beyond: A challenge few know about

    Highlands University student Joni Martinez is seen as someone with an engaging personality. But there’s one thing many people don’t know about her: She is legally blind.

    Other than her family, friends, co-workers and those she gets to know over time, most people apparently aren’t aware of the condition of Martinez’s eyesight.

    Maggie Romigh is Martinez’s boss at Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring program for children.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... FIRST TIME EVER. Highlands University is sending its men’s basketball team to the NCAA Division II tournament. The Cowboys qualified as a No. 6 seed for this weekend’s regional tournament in Mankato, Minn., and will face No. 3-seeded Augustina College at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    Congratulations to coach Joe Harge and his team. It’s the second straight 20-win season and the first time in the school’s history to make it to the tourney.

  • BREAKING/ONLINE: Lady Dons state runner-up

    Santa Fe Indian School has defeated West Las Vegas 56-50 in overtime for the Class 3A girls' state basketball championship; the title game, held Friday night at The Pit, was the second overtime contest in as many days for the Lady Dons and coach Jose Medina, and it was a rematch of the District 2-3A tournament final won by WLV. 

    The state runner-up finish is the highest ever for a West Las Vegas girls' basketball program that has fielded some strong teams over the years.