Today's News

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Staying in their declining small towns

    From the U.S. Census Bureau comes this bit of news: The nation’s poverty rate has done down, but in New Mexico it went up.

    New Mexico has never been a wealthy state, but the second-to-the-bottom ranking (ahead of Mississippi only) stings, and says something about how bad a lot of people have it in this dis-enchanted land.

  • Dons taste first victory

    Yo, Adrian!

    You’re a winner.

    West Las Vegas manhandled former district rival Raton 33-16 on Friday night on the road, giving first-year head coach Adrian Gonzalez and his staff Win No. 1.

    Most of the action — and all of the scoring — took place in a feisty second half.

    Adrian Valdez — whose speedy feet have made him a special teams threat this fall — ran a Tiger punt back clear to the Raton 24 early in the third quarter.

    That led to one WLV touchdown.

  • No. 1 Robertson edges No. 2 Ruidoso in thriller

    Amos Rivera punched into the end zone from 1 yard away to reclaim the lead for top-ranked Robertson with just 2:43 left Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    This time, in the waning moments of a well-played, back-and-forth chess match of a football game between the top two teams in Class 4A, the lead would stand.

    That’s because the stout Cardinal defense held firm on the next drive, forcing an incomplete pass on fourth down, and the Redbirds counted down to a 27-24 victory over Ruidoso (5-1).

  • Weekend Roundup - Cowgirls draw with No. 4 Mines

    No news wasn’t exactly bad news for the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowgirls didn’t come out with a victory. But they did battle to a scoreless draw with the No. 4 ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    Colorado School of Mines (7-0-2 overall, 4-0-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) was unable to get a goal in 100 minutes against the NMHU defense.

  • Cowboys push No. 17 Mines to brink

    Lance Orender has completed a lot of passes in recent weeks to help New Mexico Highlands win consecutive football games.

    But one that got away led to a narrow win for the 17th ranked Colorado School of Mines on Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    With Highlands trailing 42-35, Orender had the Cowboys driving into Mines territory. But Drew Stephon intercepted a pass with roughly three minutes left in the game. The Orediggers were then able to pick up a couple of first downs and burn the remainder of the clock.  

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Oct. 6, 2014

    • Robertson (B) vs. Española, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas Invitational (includes WLV, Robertson, others), 9 a.m., Gene Torres Golf Course
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

    • Robertson boys at Santa Fe Prep, 4:30 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls vs. Capital, 4 p.m., RHS Field
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 6 p.m., Portales

  • Mora repeal in the works

    Seventeen months ago, the Mora County Commission enacted a community rights ordinance, becoming the first county in the United states to permanently ban oil and gas drilling. The move brought the county national and international attention, along with two federal civil rights lawsuits.

    At a special meeting on Monday, the commission began laying the groundwork to repeal that same ordinance.

  • A noteworthy year - Sonchars getting national attention

    Wayne and Shelly Sonchar are receiving national recognition for their work.

    In fact, Wayne Sonchar graces the cover of the September issue of Home Channel News — a national trade publication covering hardware, lumberyard and home centers.  The trade magazine is featuring the store in its September issue because the local BTU Do It Center made the publication’s annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars.

    The local family-owned business was the only one from New Mexico to make the list, which features 50 independent retailers.

  • Pay going up for most city workers

    The Las Vegas City Council voted Tuesday to approve modest pay hikes for most of its employees.

    Acting City Manager Elmer Martinez and his administration submitted three separate pay raise proposals to the governing body, and city councilors approved each of the measures unanimously.

    All three proposals called for raises of 35 cents an hour, which amounts to $728 a year. In addition, city employees receive a 7-cent-an-hour incremental pay raise on their evaluation dates, which means an extra $145 a year.

  • Ebola monitoring in Texas expands

    By David Warren
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS  — About 80 people are now being monitored for symptoms of Ebola in Texas, a Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman said Thursday.

    The people being monitored are the 12 to 18 people who first came into contact with the infected man — which federal health officials have said include three members of the ambulance crew that took him to the hospital, plus a handful of schoolchildren — as well as others those initial people had contact with, spokeswoman Erikka Neroes said.