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Today's News

  • The Wright stuff

    For the second time in as many weeks, New Mexico Highlands 125-pounder Seth Wright conquered the No. 1 wrestler in the nation in his weight class.

    This week’s upset came Thursday night in a 5-0 shutout of Tommy Edgmon of Fort Hays State. Wright’s win was one of just two for the Cowboys that night, as NMHU hosted its long-awaited first home event of the season but lost 31-9.

    Wright took a 2-0 edge to the final period but doubled it and frustrated Edgmon with his defense and quickness.

  • Letter: Carrying a gun ruined two lives

    This is for our kids in Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and for all who had any connection with Benito Lemos.

    I know that Benito Lemos’ death affected a lot of you, for whatever reason. Thank you for your support. I was impressed with the fact that there was so many people in his services.

    No church could contain the people, so they had to have it in the Robertson gym and even there it was standing room only.

  • County hears road dispute

    Daniel Garcia says his family has owned a portion of a road in the Valley for generations. But more than a quarter century ago, the county put it on its road log.

    Now, the family wants to take it back — a proposal some nearby residents oppose.

    On Friday, the San Miguel County Commission again heard the case for the abandonment of about a mile of B41-E. The road is near El Pueblo.

  • As It Is: An unnecessary hurdle

    Local government entities say they hire people based on qualifications, not connections. I hope that’s true.

    Both the Las Vegas City Council and the San Miguel County Commission vote on all people hired in their respective entities. Since I started covering both more than five years ago, they have approved every person recommended for hire but one.

    Three years ago, then-Commission Chairman Hugh Ley voted against the employment of the son of then-Commissioner, Kenneth Medina. Ley said he did so because he didn’t want to hire the relatives of commissioners.

  • Letter: Thanks to FFA, a great program

    On behalf of the Atencio and Augie Fudala families, we would like to say thank you so much to those of you who voted for our barn in the Campbell’s Soup and FFA barn renovation project. We are both humbled and grateful for your participation, and thanks to all the votes we received, our barn in Bark River, Mich., was one of five winning barns of a national contest that will be getting a facelift sometime in June.

  • Blood test reveals suspect, police say

    A Villanueva man denied stealing an ATM machine, but a DNA test indicated otherwise, state police said.

    Richard Joseph Griego, 23, was arrested last week on charges of burglary, larceny and criminal damage.

    In early October, the owner of the Pecos River Campground in the Valley told state police that an ATM machine with several thousands of dollars worth of cash was taken, according to Magistrate Court documents.

    Soon after, the machine was found under a bridge at Coruco. Blood was found on the railing just above the machine and the ATM itself.

  • Mora native a Hall of Famer

    With much of his family in attendance, Matt Martinez, a native of Mora, was inducted into the Northern Rio Grande Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 16.

    It was a Mora night as Pojoaque’s interim superintendent Ruben Cordova of Ojo Feliz was present, and Manuel Romero — another graduate of Mora High — led his Peñasco Panthers to the championship at this year’s NRG Tournament.

    Martinez graduated from Mora High School in 1976 and played basketball for coaches Arthur Romero and Douglas Velarde.

  • Mixed results at the Joe

    Daniel Martinez came away with a runner-up finish in the toughest high school wrestling tournament in New Mexico. Meanwhile, his Robertson teammate Estevan Vigil took a fourth-place medal, highlighting the Las Vegas contingent’s mat work at the Joe Vivian Invitational this past weekend at Albuquerque’s Cibola High.

    Powered by three first-place finishes, Rio Rancho was supreme among the three dozen teams in the field. Volcano Vista won four individual titles and was second. Moriarty, Cibola and La Cueva rounded out the top five.

  • NMHU's James kicks to 400 win

    Highlands’ Fiona James outkicked everyone else to win the women’s 400-meter dash at the University of New Mexico’s spring Lobo Opener this past Saturday in Albuquerque.

    And UNM frosh Marin Schweigert, who won state titles in the event for Robertson, claimed the top prize in the high jump.

    James’ time of 59.7 seconds was the only one under a minute in the event, which included runners from Division I UNM and New Mexico State, as well as NMHU’s Courtney Lewis (sixth, 1:03.97) and Sessyon Crawford (eighth, 1:09.02).

  • Editorial: Corporation outfoxed

    It’s clear the corporation that runs Alta Vista Regional Hospital has an extensive anti-union playbook. It seems to have an answer for handling just about every union tactic.

    But they never figured on the San Miguel County Commission getting in the way.

    For years, San Miguel County — and other counties as well — routinely approve monthly payments for indigent services to hospitals. That money is to help hospitals pay for health care for those too poor to pay.