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Today's News

  • A bitter pill to swallow

    As lawmakers and the Governor’s Office work behind the scenes to come up with a compromise capital outlay bill, we urge them to consider restoring funding for the Mora County Complex.

    Lawmakers earmarked $1.8 million for the Mora building in the state budget bill, but Gov. Susana Martinez used her line-item veto power to eliminate it. Many of the concerns she expressed in her veto message were certainly valid.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 29, 2015
  • Work of Art: Menudo on the menu

    Each school day, years ago, as my Highlands classes broke for lunch. I would recite that day’s menu. But first, a concession: I never had the faintest notion what the place we all called the “Caff” was serving ­— ever —  so my recipe-tation was pure fantasy.

  • Cowgirl softball makes RMAC tourney

    For the first time since 2005, New Mexico Highlands is going to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball tournament.

    The Cowgirls, led by second-year head coach Karin Gadberry, clinched the final spot in the eight-team tourney by winning three of four games against visiting Colorado School of Mines over the weekend. It was the last series of the regular season and left Highlands 22-26 overall and 16-19 in league play.

  • Dons track on hot streak

    More track and field athletes from area schools punched their tickets to the upcoming state championships, while West Las Vegas continued its late-season surge in recent days.

    The Dons placed second in the Barbara George Relays on April 21 in Portales, trailing Lovington 132.5 points to 98. They beat host Portales (96), Carlsbad (52.5) and a half dozen other schools to win the boys’ team title.

    Freshman J.J. Esquibel made state in the 3,200-meter run.

    West’s girls finished seventh in the Portales meet with 31 team points.

  • Highlands baseball needs help to make cut

    No, Highlands’ baseball team isn’t out of the postseason just yet.

    But if the Cowboys are to extend their streak of making the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, they’ll have to catch Adams State this weekend.

    NMHU trails the Grizzlies — a relative newcomer to the RMAC baseball ranks — by two games going into the last weekend of the regular season. The Cowboys are 19-23 overall and 13-19 in the RMAC, while Adams State is 19-26 and 15-17.

  • Four to love

    After pinning down all four No. 1 seeds by virtue of performances this past weekend at the pre-district tournament in Taos, the Robertson tennis team cruises into the District 2-4A tourney as a clear favorite.

    The district tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the LeRoy Fulgenzi Tennis Complex on the Robertson campus.

    District champions and runners-up earn trips to state the following week in Albuquerque.

  • HU regents hike tuition

    If you’re planning to enroll at New Mexico Highlands University as a new freshman in the fall, the university has a deal for you.

    Regents on Friday voted unanimously to offer members of the incoming freshman class an incentive to earn their undergraduate degree in four years. Students who do that will received a $1,000 bonus check from the university after graduating.

    The university’s new board of regents also signaled that the days of double-digit tuition increases at Highlands may be over.

  • Mora board rescinds contract offer

    In February, the Mora school board approved a one-year contract extension for Superintendent Dora Romero, but she may just find herself in the unemployment line anyway when her current contract expires in June.

    During a board meeting on Tuesday newly elected board members Dennis Romero and Tranquilino Hurtado voted to rescind the previous board’s contract extension. They were joined by board Chairman George A. Trujillo.

  • In full bloom