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Today's News

  • Water project nearing finish

    A project to improve the reliability of the Gallinas River’s water supply is expected to be finished soon, officials say.

    The project involves the construction of a flow control weir and river gate at the Storrie Lake point of diversion upstream.

    The previous river gate had deteriorated over the years and is being rebuilt to function as originally intended.

    New Image Construction of Ribera is the contractor. No interference with irrigation is foreseen at this time. Construction is expected to be completed soon.

  • Four locals shine in 'Locos' race

    Four Las Vegas-area natives braved thick mud and brisk mid-winter weather to represent the Meadow City in this past weekend’s Corrida de los Locos.

    Corrida de los Locos, held at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe golf course, is a 5.8-mile race that has become an annual tradition.

    • Longtime Las Vegan Tony Gallegos, now a resident of Española, placed sixth overall with a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds. Gallegos, 46, finished third in his age group. Gallegos retains strong ties to the Meadow City, which is home to much of his family members.

  • Empty Bowls

    United World College student Jen Kim says she didn’t invent the Empty Bowls Project, a program whose mission is to feed the hungry.

    But her energy brought her love of ceramics and concern for world hunger together at a local event. 

    “I took ceramics in ninth grade, and I really loved the class. It was one of my favorites. We also did an Empty Bowls fundraiser, which is an organization that fights world hunger, so when we I came to UWC, I wanted a pottery activity, but they had discontinued it,” Kim said.

  • Cowboy streak hits seven

    The late-season surge continues for the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team, which recorded double-digit wins over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division foes Fort Lewis and Adams State this past weekend.

    Coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys (16-7, 10-5) have won seven straight games and play their final regular-season home game Tuesday night against Colorado State-Pueblo.

  • Letter: Cost increases necessitate change

    It is time we take the responsibility for all in the United States, especially those below the poverty line, the elderly, disabled, and children, and pass a health reform bill.

    I am 67, disabled  with lung problems since childhood, now on oxygen full time.

     Basically, I am living on Social Security, a small income from painting and a small retirement fund. (I used to teach art kindergarten through university.) Now I am unable to work due to my disability.

  • St. Mike's ends RHS run

    SANTA FE — The only wrestling team in the district to field grapplers in all 14 weight classes, St. Michael’s advanced most of them to the championship round Saturday.

    In the process, the Horsemen snapped Robertson’s 12-year monopoly on the District 1A-3A title, taking the banner on its home floor at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.

  • Rangers proving they can win in clutch

    Mora’s Rangers are riding the momentum of three key recent victories, two of them nailbiters.

    Mora 69, Mesa Vista 68

    Mora visited Ojo Caliente Jan. 30 to face the Mesa Vista Trojans in a non-district rematch. The teams had met in the first round of the NRG Tournament earlier in the season, and the seven-point loss had left a bitter taste with coach Hank Laumbach and the Rangers.

    “It was as if we didn’t get off the bus that day,” Laumbach said. “We knew driving away that we let one slip away.”  

  • Letter: Acquaint yourself with charter draft

    Early voting has started at the city office and election day is March  2.

    On behalf of the Home Rule Charter Commission, I would like to remind  all voters that you will have the opportunity to vote “for” or “against” the new charter at the upcoming municipal election.

    For your convenience, copies of the proposed charter are available at  the city office and at various locations in town. Please acquaint yourselves with the draft before casting your vote.

  • NMHU wrestler vaults to No. 1

    After knocking off two different wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the nation this season, Seth Wright is finally getting his turn at the top.

    Wright, New Mexico Highlands University’s 125-pounder, this past week ascended to the No. 1 ranking within his weight class in NCAA Division II, NMHU’s sports information office reported.

    Wright is a two-time RMAC Wrestler of the Week this season.

  • DWI arrests, crashes dropping

    Statistics show that DWI arrests and crashes in San Miguel County have dropped dramatically since 2004.

    According to numbers from the University of New Mexico, 459 DWI arrests were recorded in the county in 2004, a number that dropped nearly 30 percent to 323 in 2008.

    The greatest drop in the county was for repeat offenders, decreasing from 261 in 2004 to 172 in 2008, a difference of 34 percent.

    The total number of crashes also fell during that period — from 791 to 310. Alcohol-involved crashes also took a plunge from 74 to 28, a nearly 60 percent drop.