Today's News

  • PNM to talk about proposed rate hike

    PNM plans to talk about its proposed rate increase with local customers.

    The discussion will take place 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Sala de Madrid Room, 801 University Ave., on the Highlands University campus.

    “Nobody likes a rate increase, and we hate asking for one. It is important for our customers to understand what is at stake for them,” said Ron Darnell, PNM vice president of regulatory affairs.

    A PNM presentation will cover what the rate increase pays for, why the company is asking for an increase now and how an increase could affect customer bills.

  • Sartans air it out, quiet Cards

    St. Pius X senior Ian Maloney gained more than 200 receiving yards and caught three touchdown passes as the Sartans blasted visiting Robertson 33-6 Saturday at Albuquerque’s Milne Stadium.

    Billed as a clash between two probable state playoff teams in Class 4A (10th-ranked Pius) and 3A (fourth-rated RHS), the game mainly revealed the Sartans’ offensive balance.

  • Editorial: A new approach

    The city’s code enforcement division is seeing new energy these days. And that’s good for our community.

    A few months ago, the division moved from the Community Development Department to the Police Department. The new code officers are Rodney Perea and Jacob Herron; another officer is set to join the team.

  • Cowgirls, Lopers battle to deadlock

    One hundred and ten minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to determine a victor as New Mexico Highlands (6-4-2, 4-2-2) and Nebraska-Kearney battled to a 1-1 stalemate Sunday afternoon in Kearney.

    The host Lopers (6-5-1, 4-2-1) drew first blood on Sara Downey’s rebound shot off the left post 40:06 in.

    The Cowgirls quickly replied; Ashley Kramer assisted Julissa Rodriguez 10 yards away from the net merely 41 seconds later. That was Rodriguez’s fourth goal of the season and her first in several matches after a hot start.

  • Chamber spends more with KFUN

    The local chamber of commerce is spending less of its city funds with its leader’s radio stations than with his local rival.

    Matt Martinez, the president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, is also the manager of KNMX, KMDZ and KBQL.

    In recent months, City Councilman Andrew Feldman has questioned whether the chamber should be investing any city money into advertising with Martinez’s stations as long as Martinez stays as president. Feldman has called such an arrangement a conflict of interest.

  • As It Is: Good news in West Las Vegas

    Taxpayers in the Las Vegas City Schools district are in for a 30 percent property tax increase when the county treasurer sends out the bills next month.

    But on the west side of the river, residents are actually seeing a big cut. Last year, the property tax bill for my New Mexico Avenue house came in at $784. This year, $686 — a 14 percent drop.


    That’s all thanks to the bond schedule in the West Las Vegas district. Whatever the case, I can’t stop humming the Dons’ fight song.

  • Grizzly beating for HU

    Unable to capitalize on the feel-good vibe from the previous week’s thrilling homecoming victory, the New Mexico Highlands football team stumbled to a 55-0 defeat Saturday at Adams State in Alamosa, Colo.

    Terjean Saffold scored four touchdowns — three on the ground and one through the air — for the Grizzlies (2-4, 1-3).

    The Cowboys (1-5, 1-3) were held to 110 offensive yards; Jordan Mendoza went 14 of 26 for 84 yards and three interceptions. Kevon Williams caught five passes but was contained to 14 yards.

  • HU spikers stay winless in league

    Sarah Dirmeyer whipped 11 kills — matching a match high — and made only three attack errors Friday night, but it was for naught as New Mexico Highlands lost in three games to visiting Western State College.

    The visiting Mountaineer women improved to 8-7 overall and 3-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while NMHU slid to 4-13 and 0-8, respectively.

  • Board wants to close Union

    The West Las Vegas school board tentatively decided last week to move the district’s alternative Family Partnership School into what is now Union Elementary. 

    At a special meeting, the board was unanimous in its decision, overruling a recommendation by the district’s superintendent and architect.

    For years, Union has gained statewide recognition for academic achievement. Its reading and math proficiency scores are the highest in the area.

  • Public can talk to East board about tax hike

    The Las Vegas City Schools board is expected to get the public’s feedback on the unexpected property tax increase at its work session on Thursday.

    The board found out about the tax increase last month. Property owners will see a 30 percent hike in their property tax bills, which will come out in November. A resident who paid $1,500 in taxes in 2009 will pay nearly $2,000 this year.