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Today's News

  • S.F. Forest imposes Stage 1 restrictions

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Due to dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest began implementing forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective  the morning of April 13.

    Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

    Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.

  • Cash flows to Democrats in N.M. congressional races

    By Russell Contreras and Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A Latina Democrat in a closely watched race for an open congressional seat along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico is seeing a fundraising surge, Federal Election Commission filings show.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Thursday, April 19

  • Climate Change Summit returns

    The second annual Climate Change Awareness Summit at Highlands University on Saturday, April 28 aims to raise awareness about slowing climate change and spark activism for environmental issues.

    The day of free public events is a community collaboration that includes a Gallinas River cleanup, climate change awareness march, guest speakers, Highlands faculty and student research, hands-on learning for children, community resource tables, food, music and more.

  • A loud pop delays the show

    Just when I thought it was safe to close the chapter on the George Gershwin/Cole Porter performance by the Highlands University Choir at Ilfeld Auditorium, along comes another aspect of the performance.

    Last week’s column covered the unexpected power failure in that historic building. Those several minutes left the auditorium in darkness, except for the handful of illuminated “exit” signs throughout the building.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

  • Vatos back in national sevens playoffs

    The Vatos are going back to Pennsylvania.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s rugby club has made a habit of playing in the national sevens championship tournament, and that’s exactly what the Vatos will be doing in June.

    The Vatos defeated Wabash University 29-7 to claim the top spot in the Oak Leaf 7s Qualifier hosted by Vanderbilt this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee-Chattanooga bested Duke 36-0 for third place in the same event.

  • RHS doubles down, drops Dons on diamond

    Bedazzled by the sequence of pitches he was seeing from his West Las Vegas counterpart Robbie Alarcon, Robertson’s Brandon Lucero paused to point at Alarcon up on the mound, giving him props for his artistry.

    Alarcon had his stretches of brilliance in a riveting game one in Saturday’s East-West baseball doubleheader at WLV Field. So, too, did Lucero, whose economy of motion — a rapid-fire pitching routine with little time devoted to wind-up or reflection — kept the Dons hitters on their heels.

  • Lady Cards win showdown for 2-4A supremacy

    As Robertson seized sole possession of first place in District 2-4A softball with a sweep at West Las Vegas on a blustery Saturday afternoon on Cinder Road, WLV second-year head coach Pam Sandoval told her young charges to keep their heads up.

    “That team has been hitting 10 home runs a game,” she said of Robertson. “Today you held them to one.”

    The one came from Kylee Moberg, whose blast in game one helped cap a 13-1 Lady Cardinal win.

  • College roundup: Two nailbiters as Cowboys, Lions split

    Highlands’ baseball team (15-27, 10-18 RMAC) has shown a flair for the dramatic this spring.
    This past weekend, the Cowboys won with another late-game rally and lost in a similar fashion during a four-game split with visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    NMHU trailed the Mountain Lions 7-5 going into the bottom of the ninth inning in Friday’s series opener. Auggie Francis hit a game-tying RBI single, and then Joseph Cilladi won it with an RBI single to cap a three-run at-bat for the Cowboys.