Today's News

  • Professor teaches science through gardening

    Peter Skelton points with pride to the many seedlings growing outside his greenhouse at Memorial Middle Schools. The seedlings, of concord grapes, and some special varieties of apple and apricot, have all been grafted onto hardy rootstock by his students.

    “We are researching which strains are appropriate for this bioregion,” Skelton said. “We are also using this to teach the students the differences between hybrids and clones.”

  • Pipe bomb found at home

    A pipe bomb discovered inside a mobile home Thursday kept police occupied for hours until a state bomb squad could safely get rid of it.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said officers found the bomb while assisting the Children Youth & Families Department in a child welfare visit to the trailer park in the 1200 block of North Commerce Street. Two children were in the home at the time, Gold said.

  • The best restaurant ever...

    When I first heard of The Flying Star Caf,” it sounded like some sort of Chinese Buffet to me, so I agreed to go, even though I had no idea what it was.

    On this particular day, I am completely surprised when I walk in, because it is definitely not even close to a buffet.

    My eyes take in nothing but bright colors. An orange ceiling transforms into different shades of green, purple and yellow.

  • Hagood NMHUs new comptroller

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    Nesbitt Hagood joined New Mexico Highlands June 2 as the university’s new comptroller.

    Hagood brings 40 years of experience in public accounting to the university.

  • Go fish!

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    San Juan River: June 1, Bart Carver caught and released a 9-pound rainbow trout. He was fishing the Quality Waters and using a streamer.

  • Armijo named to Phi Theta Kappa

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    Cindy Armijo, an instructor of criminal justice at Luna Community College, has been appointed Phi Theta Kappa interim coordinator for New Mexico, by Rod A. Risley, Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director.

  • Dons open gridiron program

    West Las Vegas is announcing its summer football program for prospective players in grades 7-12.

    The voluntary camp begins Monday and continues from 7:30 to 9 a.m. daily, Mondays through Thursdays at the Frank Herrera Football Complex on campus.

    Once planned improvements to the complex begin, the program will shift to the WLV baseball fields.

    All Dons football players are encouraged to participate.

    For more information, those interested may call head coach Mike Maldonado, 706-6990.

  • Final at-bat lifts Isotopes

    John Gall’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday broke a tie and gave the host Albuquerque Isotopes an 8-7 victory over Round Rock Express.

    The teams finished the four-game series with two wins apiece; Albuquerque is 31-35 heading into tonight’s series opener with the Omaha Royals.

    Gall’s walk-off winner, a ground ball hit to right field, scored John Baker from third base.

  • Quit verbing my nouns

    The waiter at a Santa Fe restaurant greeted us with the usual spiel: “My name is Brian, and I’ll be your waiter for the evening.”

    There are only two ways to respond to this kind of greeting: “That’s nice!” and “My name is Art, and I’ll be your customer for the evening.” But rather than poke fun at a formality which at least shows, well, formality, I was struck with the non-sequitur that followed.

  • County looks at transit needs

    San Miguel County commissioners’ interest in a feasibility study on mass transit during Tuesday’s meeting seemed to be higher, especially in light of the skyrocketing price of gasoline.

    Mariana Padilla, a planner with Parametric, the Albuquerque-based firm hired to do the study, told the board that County Manager Les Montoya wanted to look closer at the issue before investing money in an expensive new transit program.