Today's News

  • Council: We're not being informed

    It seems as if history really does repeat itself.

    Shortly after the municipal election two years ago, then-City Council members Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal complained that the city administration hadn’t invited them to a ceremony at a local park.

    They found out about it when they saw a picture in the newspaper that included all of the other members of the governing body. The city management at the time promised to do better.

    Fast forward two years, with a new city administration and council majority.

  • As It Is: Openness is your friend

    No one runs for public office pushing for greater government secrecy. But once the victors take office, they often work to do just that — and sometimes rather quickly.

    I don’t want to beat up on the new mayor of Wagon Mound, Art Arguello. I’ve never met him; I’m sure he’s a great guy.

    But I hope he becomes more open with the public.

  • Grizzlies top Cowgirls

    New Mexico Highlands’ softball team battled the elements as well as the Adams State Grizzlies this past weekend in Alamosa, Colo.

    ASC won two of three games in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference series.

    The teams were set to play a four-game series but due to weather conditions on April 2 the games were called. The Cowgirls continued the first game that had already started along with the regular scheduled doubleheader on April 3, playing only three games in the series.

  • Cowboys face road challenge

    An extended road swing through Colorado looms as the next major challenge for the New Mexico Highlands baseball team.

    The Cowboys certainly seem to have made the most of their recent homestand. They’ve played nine of the last 13 at Brandt Park and have won 11 of their last 12. Highlands is 25-6 overall and 15-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... TUITION GOES UP ... Highlands University regents increased the school’s tuition rates last week by 7.7 percent — on par with other financially strapped state schools (such as the University of New Mexico, which jacked its tuition up 7.9 percent). That’s an additional $8.80 per credit hour for state residents. Non-residents and international students will see a 7.5 percent increase, while graduate students’ rate will go up 7.8 percent for residents, 7.6 for non-residents and 7.5 percent for international students.

  • For Your Information: The Cardinals score

    At a recent Las Vegas City Schools work session, two teachers from Robertson High School made a presentation to the board. That was no big deal in and of itself, until I found out why they were there, and who they represented.

    I learned that at the direction of Superintendent Romero, an “advisory council” of teachers had been formed that was chaired by the associate superintendent, LeeEtte Quintana.

  • Driver faces DWI charge after crash

    The woman who crashed a Cadillac Escalade into a parked car last week drank at a nearby bar beforehand, police said.

    Tracy Crespin, 23, 736 Williams Drive, was charged with DWI, careless driving and and failing to stop after hitting an unattended vehicle. It was her second DWI, according to online court records.

    According to a Las Vegas police report, Crespin struck the Escalade in the 500 block of South Pacific Street late the night of April 1.

  • Gallegos glad to box in Las Vegas again

    You have a hard time finding New Mexico green chile in Finland.

    It’s one lesson of many learned by Shawn “The Educator” Gallegos, the Las Vegas-born professional boxer who has fought in Finland and a few other far-off places that lack such delicacies to which northern New Mexicans are accustomed.

    Gallegos makes his long-awaited return to the ring on Saturday, April 24, as part of “Boxeo en Las Vegas,” Crespin Promotions’ first pro boxing card in town.

  • Report: Man was 5 times above legal limit

    SANTA FE — Toxicology results show a man who caused a head-on crash last month on Interstate 25 had a blood-alcohol level that was more than five times the legal drinking limit.

    The Office of the Medical Investigator has released toxicology results showing 28-year-old Cecilio Jaramillo of Santa Fe had a blood-alcohol level of 0.44 percent at the time of the crash near San Juan. Jaramillo has ties to Las Vegas.

    The state's presumed level of intoxication is 0.08 percent.

  • All Pojo

    Pojoaque Valley played spoiler again this week for Las Vegas teams, this time on the baseball diamond.

    Robertson baseball lost a 13-12 nailbiter at Pojoaque on Tuesday, slipping to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in district. Coach Shannon Aragon’s Cardinals will host St. Mike’s in a Saturday doubleheader at Memorial Middle School field.

    On Monday, the Elks came back from an early deficit and pulled out an 8-6 win at West Las Vegas, snapping the Dons’ two-game streak.