Today's News

  • Women’s rodeo team 4th at NMSU

    A strong effort in barrel racing proved key in lifting New Mexico Highlands’ women to a runner-up finish in New Mexico State’s rodeo Oct. 28-29 in Las Cruces.

    Unlike the previous three rodeos, NMSU’s rodeo was just a one-header, which means there was no short round competition. The NMHU women finished in second place just behind NMSU, while the men’s team ended up fourth.

    The event in which the most purple vests succeeded was the barrel racing, where NMHU captured second, third, fourth and sixth places.

  • State soccer quarters Thursday

    Uncharted territory awaits the Robertson High soccer programs, which play in the Class A-3A state quarterfinals Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.

    The opponents are familiar, at least.

    Robertson’s girls play district rival Taos at 9 a.m. Taos owns two regular-season wins over the Lady Cardinals, including a 2-1 squeaker Oct. 11 in Las Vegas and a similarly close 1-0 shutout Oct. 22 in Taos.

  • 2-2A meet: Varela, Chavez lead boys’ pack

    Defending state champion Antonio Varela cruised to another individual District 2-2A title this past Friday in Pojoaque, continuing an exceptional autumn for the Pecos senior.

    Varela’s 15:17 time gave him his seventh win in nine races this season and staked the Panthers to a boys’ team title.

    Also crossing the finish line first on Friday was Mora sophomore Santiana Marrujo in the girls’ race. Marrujo finished the course in 20:08 and led the Rangerettes to a third-place team outcome behind Peñasco and Santa Fe Prep.  

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 2, 2011

    • NMHU men at Northern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Española
    • RMAC tournament: NMHU women at Fort Lewis, 3 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    • District 4-2A tournament, TBA

    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments: Robertson girls vs. Taos, 9 a.m. (EARLIER TIME), Robertson boys vs. Portales, 6 p.m., APS Soccer Complex, Albuquerque

  • Deal frees up scholarship funds

    The New Mexico Highlands University Foundation has purchased 1.25 acres of prime land in Rio Rancho, and the financing deal it struck with the Bank of Las Vegas frees up more than $120,000 a year for student scholarships, university officials said Thursday.

    The foundation is a separate, nonprofit organization that raises money for the university. It owns the Highlands Rio Rancho Center and leases it to the university. Highlands offers several degree programs at the Rio Rancho site.

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  • A bleak winter water forecast

    Climatologists are predicting about a 40 percent chance of lower than average precipitation for the area this winter, which means Las Vegas could be in for another tough year of water restrictions.

    Andy Feldman, a city councilor and president of the Las Vegas Community Water Board, provided the overview Friday during a daylong water board coalition building meeting on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    The forecast doesn’t bode well for a good snowpack in the watershed.

  • Convicted killer gets life in institution

    The man who attacked and killed a Las Vegas native just five blocks away from his home in Richmond, Calif., in 2009 was sentenced earlier this month to a life sentence in a state mental institution.

    A doctor determined that Michael Villalobos, 23, was insane when he committed the crime, and a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity, according to the West County Times.

  • Gov. orders posting of employee salaries

    SANTA ANA PUEBLO (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she is ordering the state’s official transparency website to list the names, titles and salaries of all state employees.

    The move is a major expansion of the public’s ability to see who works for state government and how much they earn. Currently, only “exempt” state employees who work at the pleasure of the governor are listed on the site.

    Most state workers instead are covered by civil service protections.

  • Rape charges dismissed on SF man

    SANTA FE (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman after he escaped from a Santa Fe state police station in 2010 has been freed after the most serious charges were dropped.

    Prosecutors dropped rape and kidnapping charges against Daniel J. Martinez after prosecutors admitted they lacked evidence and had problems with the main witness.