Today's News

  • Possible drilling enrages some

    The Santa Fe Opera is revisiting its decision to lease nearly 27,000 acres of shared mineral rights to drill for oil and gas in the Las Vegas Basin.

    The move comes after an outcry by environmentalists, activists and others in the area.

    Charles MacKay, director of the Santa Fe Opera, said he had signed the lease without first examining all of the implications.

  • City attorney gets some backing

    An effort to push out the city’s interim attorney, Carlos Quiñones, likely wouldn’t get the backing of City Councilman Morris Madrid.

    “I didn’t vote for him (Quiñones) as attorney, and I don’t always agree with him. But I think he’s competent,” Madrid said this week.

  • Highlands runner takes OSU race

    Nicaise Kazingo showed his racing ability Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., taking top honors at the Oklahoma State Cross Country Jamboree.

    Running in the college division against nearly 240 runners, the New Mexico Highlands sophomore covered the 8-kilomer course in 25:00 to win by nearly 20 seconds.

  • The Gorras Blancas ride at Gallinas

    It was on the second night when they came. Three riders, with white sacks over their heads to protect their identity, rode down the steep trail from the high country. The meeting was secret and held in the mountains adjacent to the village of Gallinas at the base of the ridges along the Rio Gallinas.

    It was 1890 and Las Gorras Blancas, the White Caps, were there to convince others of the need to resist the break up of the Commons, land that had been guaranteed under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago in 1848. Membership in the highly secretive movement grew to 1,500.

  • St. Mike's handles Lady Cardinals

    Perennial state contender St. Michael’s ended the Robertson Lady Cardinals’ winning streak at two matches Tuesday, controlling the field in a 4-0 shutout.

    The Lady Cardinals (3-10) play at Santa Fe Prep on Saturday and close with a string of district games. Going into Tuesday, the team had won two straight shutouts — a 10-0 romp over Española and Saturday’s district-opening 5-0 victory over Moreno Valley.

    St. Mike’s improved to 10-6 overall.

  • Students can register on Internet

    Registering for classes at Luna Community College has become easier, and online classes aren’t what they used to be either, officials say.

    Students will now be able to register for classes at the college using the Internet now that Luna has begun its online registration.

    A student answering a survey wrote, “I really like the new updated registration process, it’s self explanatory.” Another said, “It’s better than having to come to campus.”

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... GOING ONLINE. Luna Community College students can now register online, and officials say that this may already be helping to increase enrollment. It’s really a no-brainer to have this service; greater efficiency in the admissions process will make education more accessible to all.

    Besides, most students are younger, and they live and breathe the Internet. As such, a school without online services seems archaic to the younger generation.

  • Officials eye hiring in-house attorney

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wanted to avoid a discussion Wednesday on whether to have an in-house attorney at City Hall.

    The debate happened anyway.

    Near the end of a four-hour meeting, council members Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore brought up the issue, saying the city could save money by having an in-house attorney, rather than contracting out for such services.

    Last week, the two council members requested the issue be placed on the council’s meeting agenda, but the mayor turned them down.

  • School officials say: Don't cut funding

    Area school superintendents are pleading with local lawmakers to hold their districts harmless when they strike the budget ax.

    But a state senator painted a grim picture, saying the budget shortfall may be even greater than previously estimated.

    Gov. Bill Richardson said he will call the Legislature into special session starting next Saturday to deal with the budget shortfall caused by the national recession.

    During a public meeting last week to discuss the state government’s budget crisis, area legislators got an earful — and then some.

  • Cowboys search for elusive win

    It’s been a trying season in Cowboy country, as New Mexico Highlands University’s football team continues to seek victory six games into the schedule.

    Unfortunately for Highlands fans, wins appear difficult to come by in the immediate future. Nebraska-Kearney, this coming Saturday’s opponent, and Colorado State-Pueblo are two of the better teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. UNK is 5-1, 4-0 RMAC. CSUP is 3-3, 2-2.

    The Cowboys have averaged 10.2 points a game while allowing 45.5, accumulating 210.2 yards of offense to 415 for the opposition.