Today's News

  • Cardinals line, QB rock in Ruidoso

    A Girard Maestas interception with 1:05 left put the icing on Robertson’s 28-20 slugfest win at Ruidoso on Friday night.

    Maestas had a strong overall performance on both sides of the ball. As the Cardinals’ quarterback he rushed for touchdowns from 18 and 22 yards out, behind solid work across the offensive line.

    Robertson came up with three big interceptions — two by Dalan Abreu and one by Maestas — that were key to winning a rugged battle with the ninth-ranked Warriors.

  • Top-rated Lovington shuts out West LV

    Defending Class 3A state champion Lovington, still the No. 1 ranked team in the class, routed visiting West Las Vegas 44-0 on Friday night on the blue turf of Wildcat Stadium.

    Lovington enjoyed a running clock throughout the second half after darting out to a 35-0 lead by intermission.

    To West Las Vegas’ credit, the Dons kept the Wildcats honest in the ground game. Linebacker J.C. Martinez led a good effort against Lovington’s running backs.

  • No. 7 Skyhawks need overtime to stop Cowgirls

    The hard-luck Highlands Cowgirls took another nationally ranked team to overtime before losing once again by one goal.

    NMHU (4-5 going into Sunday’s home match with Colorado State-Pueblo) lost to Fort Lewis College 3-2 on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands led 2-1 after Janelle McGee’s goal off a Jaime Sawchuck assist in the 75th minute. But Fort Lewis’ Elena Benavides played the spoiler, tying the match in the nick of time at the 89:47 mark. Then Benavides took a feed from Megan Striedel for the match winner in overtime.

  • Cowboys stumble at WSC

    Western State College’s Mountaineers exacted some retribution for New Mexico Highlands’ last-second heroics against them a season ago, scoring a 15-14 homecoming victory on a last-second 27-yard field goal by Lloyd Tucker on Saturday in Gunnison, Colo.

    It was the first loss of the season for the Cowboys (4-1 overall, 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and the first win of the year for Western State (1-4, 1-2).

    Highlands, head coach Eric Young and his staff now prepare for a homecoming matchup against Adams State on Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Rio Grande game notable for its coaches

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico may be without fired head football coach Mike Locksley.

    But this past Saturday’s Rio Grande Rivalry between New Mexico and New Mexico State continued one recent tradition that is still a rarity in Football Bowl Subdivision games — two black head coaches going against each other.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 3, 2011

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • NMHU women vs. Texas-Permian Basin, 3 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Robertson girls at Pojoaque Valley, 3 p.m., Jacona
    • Mora vs. Pecos, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym

    • Robertson boys at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos


  • FYI - Sports - Oct. 3, 2011

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.


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  • Local tot in ‘cutest’ contest

    Peyton Richardson has always been a fighter, so it likely comes as no surprise to anyone who knows her that the spirited 2-year-old has muscled her way to the front of the pack in a national cutest babies contest being sponsored by NBC’s Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda.

    Peyton, of Las Vegas, beat out about 40,000 other babies to claim one of the top 10 semifinalist spots in the contest. Semifinalists were announced during Wednesday’s show.

  • Senior Profile - Antoinette Fox

    Antoinette Fox calls herself a “private person” but nonetheless has done her part to impact the public sector to make positive differences.

    I like being involved with the community, learning from and being educated by its members. I am a ‘lucky one’ — very shy, self-employed — and I choose my political battles carefully because it’s both an advantage and a disadvantage to be an outsider.”

  • Police nab 23-year-old escapee

    A 23-year-old Las Vegas woman who escaped from police custody a month ago after being arrested on burglary and other charges was apprehended this past weekend.

    Kristin Hoogerhuis, of the 700 block of Taos Street, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center this past Saturday, Sept. 24, and is being held in lieu of a $40,000 cash only bond.

    Hoogerhuis is charged with auto burglary, conspiracy and escape from custody of a peace officer, all fourth-degree felonies, and with a petty misdemeanor count of larceny.