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Today's News

  • Cowboys' turnaround hits 15 games, breaks RMAC record

    The New Mexico Highlands University men’s basketball team has set a lot of records this season and the Cowboys notched one more honor to their belts as they have broken the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Time Best Turnaround record .

    That mark was previously held by the 1986-87 Western State College basketball team. The 1986-87 Mountaineers improved upon their 1985-86 record of 5-21 to 19-13 the very next season (14 games).

  • COLUMN: Vices, vicissitudes, values

    It is with great consternation that I undertake this discussion. True to the column heading, I speak of the dulce  y amargo that has surfaced in the local school environment of late.

    I am very ill at ease with the current Robertson and the prior West Las Vegas incidents and their far-reaching effects — on the community, on individuals, especially children, on my beloved, chosen profession.

  • LETTER: Misinformed 300 caused bond defeat

    Dear 300 (the Pecos Independent Schools District’s bond question was defeated 300-263): We live in a democracy, and as a taxpaying American, I understand and respect the democratic process. That means that the 300 sheep who followed their shepherds and voted against the bond have now labeled Pecos, Ilfeld, Rowe, and San Juan as communities that don’t value education, communities that aren’t willing to invest in their most valuable resource — their children.

  • LETTER: Death was covered inappropriately

    Seth Grant was a person, not a patient.  I’m not sure what allowed your paper to identify him as a “patient” residing in a boarding home. There are privacy laws which prohibit  disclosure of a person’s medical history without due process.  I believe your labeling of Seth as a patient was in violation of these laws, or do you lose those protections if you’re dead? I guess that’s a question for the lawyer.

  • EDITORIAL: Jerome Block steps forward

    We were certainly no fan of his during the last election, but we might just change our mind about Jerome Block if he keeps up the good work he has started. The newly elected Public Regulation Commission member has stepped forward to address a matter that no one else wanted to claim responsibility for.

  • LETTER: Income tax differences unfair

    Once again the “Domestic Partnership” legislation will soon be voted on by our New Mexico Legislators, and once again, I am writing to oppose this legislation. Last year, I wrote twice to the Albuquerque Journal opposing the legislation and my letters were never printed by the newspaper. Since three states have legalized such arrangements, it is probably inevitable that New Mexico will follow suit.

  • County has no stance on insurance

    The County Commission is taking a wait-and-see attitude on whether it will take a position on universal health insurance.

    Mary Feldblum, a representative of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign, spoke before the commission this week, hoping to get its support for her group’s proposal for universal health insurance.

    Under such a program, all New Mexicans would receive insurance, regardless of income, health or employment status. (Federal retirees and active duty and retired military would still continue with their plans.)

  • Mayoral directives questioned

    Members of the city’s utilities committee are questioning some of the mayor’s new rules for advisory panels, some of which give the mayor more control.

    During this week’s committee meeting, Ken Garcia, the acting city manager, started the ball rolling by handing out a list of “general rules”  signed by Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez and dated Oct. 14. Committee members said they hadn’t seen it before.

  • LETTER: Support Highlands’ acquisition move

    It is time that the citizens of Northern New Mexico and especially Las Vegans get behind Highlands University and its drive to acquire the College of Santa Fe. Opportunities like this may never be available to Highlands again. The acquisition will enable HU to become the leader in education for Northern New Mexico without question.

    HU and Western New Mexico University in Silver City were both founded in 1893 as a prerequisite to statehood. I am sure our forefathers had bigger dreams for Highlands (formerly Normal University).

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Luna softball team enjoys day of firsts

    There’s a first time for everything.

    Luna Community College’s newborn softball team enjoyed a day of firsts on Friday: first pitch, first hit, first run, first loss, and yes, a first win.

    The Rough Riders lost their inaugural game 11-3, watching a 3-2 contest go haywire in the seventh inning against visiting Frank Phillips College. Then LCC recovered for a 15-4 victory to go 1-1 on its opening weekend under head coach Dawnette Garcia.