Today's News

  • Sorority sisters are seeking to mentor local girls

    The area chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is getting, well, bigger.

    Thirteen members of the local Lambda Kappa Psi sorority at Highlands University currently are enrolling to become Big Sisters with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.

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    UP thumb ... FISCALLY SOUND. Highlands University regents were told last week that, despite the expectations of budget cuts coming with an economic slowdown, the school is “fiscally strong in all respects.” And that’s on top of findings in a recent study that Highlands’ tuition and fees for undergraduate New Mexico residents are the lowest in the West (an 11-state region).

  • Official: Directive not being followed

    City Councilman Morris Madrid is accusing the city administration of defying a clear council directive.

    When the City Council approved the annual budget on Oct. 1, it also required that the city staff present a budget adjustment request to restore lost funding to the Police and Fire departments. The deadline to get it done was by the very next meeting.

    That directive is clearly reflected in the council’s meeting minutes.

    But four meetings later, City Manager Sharon Caballero has yet to present such a request to the council.

  • Marriage as a right

    It isn’t likely that Proposition 8 will be the final word in the debate over same-sex marriages in California. And it shouldn’t be.

    The initiative passed by 52 percent of California voters alters that state’s constitution to read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Its passage overrules a court decision last May allowing same-sex marriage, but opponents have already filed legal challenges, contending that it should be invalidated.

  • LETTER: Why this election matters so much

    No one would deny that the United States established a significant historical milestone on Nov. 4. The question now presented to us as a nation and as a society is: How is this significant?

    One answer is to place it into America’s historic time line:

    232 years ago the Congress of the 13 colonies declared their independence from British rule, stating, in terms that we all know so well: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”

  • RHS volleyball in state final Saturday




    Robertson's volleyball team will play for a Class 3A state championship on Saturday, the second year in a row the Lady Cardinals have reached the state final.

    The Lady Cards face top-ranked Ruidoso at 11 a.m. at the University of New Mexico's Johnson Center as part of a full day of state volleyball finals in all classes.

  • LETTER: Scenic Corridor not an industrial zone

    Scenic Corridor not an industrial zone

    The proposed facility will be located also on state land. It will consist of 47  390-feet tall 1.5 MW turbines and miles of power lines going down the mesa to the grid northward. These enormous wind towers will be easily seen from Interstate 25 between Tecolote and South San Isidro (as far as mile marker 312) and from the north end of Route 3.

  • Riverwalk cleanup planned

    Residents are encouraged to help with the cleanup of the riverwalk area along the Gallinas River on Saturday.

    The Rio Gallinas Thanksgiving City Cleanup is set to begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at Bridge Street, where it crosses the river.

    Organizers said trash bags, gloves and tools will be provided. Also furnished will be paint and paint brushes for cleaning up graffiti.

    Lunch will be served to all volunteers.

    Mayor Tony Marquez and other city officials said they would take part in the riverwalk cleanup effort.

  • LETTER: Why we won't win the War on Terror

    This is in response to [article about] Patricia Anderson on Oct. 24:

    Ms. Patricia Anderson’s story is proof we will never win the so-called War on Terror because we are often steered from our instincts, refused access to relevant information, and mired in bureaucratic procedure — all of which leaves us vulnerable.

  • An annual tradition at El Sombrero

    Come one, come all. That’s the message from El Sombrero Restaurant.

    For the 13th year in a row, the restaurant is holding its annual free Thanksgiving dinner. And the entire community is welcome.

    Helen Rivera, the restaurant’s owner, started the tradition in 1996.

    “I always wanted to do something like this, but I didn’t have a place to do it,” said Rivera, who opened the restaurant more than two decades ago. “We decided to do this for everybody.”