Today's News

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Looking into the year and years ahead

    A futurist I’m not, but like most people, I do like to gaze into the unknown from time to time, even if it is an exercise in uncertainty. So in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d throw out a few predictions, starting with a couple of obvious ones.

    Here in the U.S., we’re moving toward the legalization of recreational marijuana, and I expect that to go all the way.

  • Arrrgh! Pirates sink WLV

    Held to two points over a crucial three-minute span in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, West Las Vegas saw its prolific offense cool off at the wrong time in a clash with Grants on Saturday evening at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Grants, the No. 5 ranked team in Class 5A, lived up to the billing with an effective inside-outside combination and pulled out an 84-79 win.

    Pirate Keegan Stewart provided the outside touch early, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the first half.

  • Cowboys rout Stangs, win 3rd straight

    Catching fire in the second half, New Mexico Highlands shot a blazing 67.7 percent from the floor — and nailed eight 3-point baskets — in the final 20 minutes of a 92-69 romp over visiting Western New Mexico on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Coach Craig Snow’s Cowboys have won three consecutive games to improve to 4-13 overall and 4-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Kendrick Nichols went 11 for 19 overall and made four of NMHU’s 11 3-pointers in finishing with a game-high 32 points.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 26, 2015

    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS

    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Mora, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) at Peñasco, 5:30 p.m., Peñasco
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española

    No local varsity events scheduled


  • East candidates tackle issues

    In less than two weeks, voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in either the Las Vegas City Schools or West Las Vegas School board elections. On Tuesday, voters of the Las Vegas City Schools district had a chance to listen to board candidates tackle the issues head on.

    The election will fill four of the five seats on the board of the east side school district. Two of the four seats on the board are contested. All four seats are at-large within the Las Vegas City Schools board district.

    Election Day for both school districts is Feb. 3.

  • Digging out - Storm causes delays, closures

    A winter storm brought much needed moisture to northeast New Mexico Wednesday and Thursday, dumping several  inches of snow in the area and leaving roadways icy.

    Treacherous driving conditions prompted schools and offices throughout the area to either close completely on Thursday or start two hours later than normal.

  • Few surprised by ruling in Mora case

    Disappointed, yes. Surprised, not so much.

    That was Santa Fe attorney Jeff Haas’ reaction to Monday’s ruling by a federal judge throwing out Mora County’s community rights ordinance, which sought to ban all oil and gas drilling in the county and limit the rights currently enjoyed by corporations.

  • State ranks low in child welfare

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico continues to rank near the bottom in child poverty and the state has been slow to recover economically and stop the dwindling of resources, a new report said.

    The New Mexico Voices for Children on Tuesday released its annual New Mexico Kids Count report, which also faulted state lawmakers for not presenting any new anti-poverty initiatives to help one of the poorest states.

  • Rodella gets 10 years in road rage case

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former New Mexico sheriff to 10 years in prison for abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage.

    Ex-Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella told the judge at the sentencing hearing that he did good deeds during his tenure, and the court received letters from community members praising his service.

  • Gov urges lawmakers to cooperate

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez urged state lawmakers Tuesday to put aside their politics and come together to focus on improving the lives of New Mexico’s children through a slew of education and economic development reforms.

    Martinez outlined her legislative priorities in her State of the State address after lawmakers convened for what many have described as a historic 60-day session.