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Today's News

  • Pipes burst at new dorms

    A problem with the fire sprinkler system in Highlands University’s new dorms has prompted the school to temporarily move 52 students.

    On Dec. 28, a campus security officer noticed that pipes in the sprinkler system had burst, causing damage to some of the dorm rooms, Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver said.

    The trigger in the sprinkler system malfunctioned, so some of the pipes filled up with water, then bursting when they froze, he said.

  • RHS has alarm problems

    Robertson High School has been having some trouble with its fire alarm system.

    On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the alarm went off, but officials quickly told students they were false and not to leave. In one case, the alarm went off for a while, prompting some students to block their ears to muffle the noise.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said the district has contacted an electrical contractor to fix the problem.

  • Former HU baseball standout now coaching softball in N.J.

    LAKEWOOD, NJ — Former New Mexico Highlands University baseball standout Freddy Flores has been hired as head softball coach of Georgian Court University, the school announced this week.

    Georgian Court University Director of Athletics and Recreation Laura Liesman broke the news in a release issued Tuesday afternoon.

  • Cowboys nip Orediggers on road

    Roman Andrade made four of four foul shots and teammate Kelvin Franklin hit both of his free throws over the final 30 seconds Saturday night to seal New Mexico Highlands’ 76-73 road victory over Colorado School of Mines.

    NMHU improved to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play while also snapping a two-game slide.

    Chris Dunn had tied the contest at 67-67, also via two free throws, with 2:13 left. A couple possessions later, Chop Tang knocked down a three-pointer.

  • Alone at the top!

    West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach Jose “Majic” Medina had seen it before — a Lady Dons team falling behind by a few points in a big game, getting caught up in the moment, its collective confidence shaken, and letting a small deficit turn into a gaping chasm from which there would be no escape.

    Not this time.

  • Letter: Good Samaritans on Christmas Eve

    On Christmas Eve, I was involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident near San Geronimo. I was trapped in my SUV, hanging upside down by the seatbelt. Hot coffee had spilled all over me and was rapidly freezing. I did not have a coat on and the sun had dropped below the Sangre de Cristos with darkness fast approaching.

  • Voters to decide on charter

    Now Las Vegas voters will decide on a new constitution for the city government.

    On Wednesday, the City Council voted 3-1 to present a proposed city charter to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

    The council approved the proposed charter drafted by the Charter Commission, whose 11 members were appointed by the mayor, the council and the municipal judge.

    Over the last two months, the council twice rejected the proposed charter because a majority of members didn’t like the provision for runoff elections.

  • Alfonso Ortiz: Likely new mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz will be the only candidate for Las Vegas mayor in the March election.

    It’s the first time in recent memory that a non-incumbent has run unopposed for the city’s top spot. Another rarity is that no city incumbents are running for re-election.

    Filing day for municipal candidates was Tuesday.

    In December, Ortiz, 69, who served as a councilman in the 1970s and 1980s, announced that he would run for mayor.

  • Cowgirls come close

    GOLDEN, Colo. — Angie Charchalis drained a pair of free throws in the final five seconds to help secure a 60-58 win for Colorado School of Mines over visiting New Mexico Highlands on Saturday evening in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action at Lockridge Arena.   

    Twice in the final minute, the Cowgirls (6-6 overall, 1-4 RMAC) slashed the lead to three points before running out of time.

  • West girls stop Lovington in battle for No. 1

    In one of the bigger moments in program history, West Las Vegas rocked Lovington 72-55 in girls basketball Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym. Both teams tied for No. 1 Wednesday in the NMHSCA poll of Class 3A. West's win makes the Lady Dons 11-1. See Monday's Optic for details.