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  • Noticias - Jan. 26, 2015

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  • Inevitable outcome

    There’s an old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that’s certainly the case with Mora County and its community rights ordinance.

    A divided Mora County Commission adopted the ordinance in 2013. To her credit, Commissioner Paula Garcia voted against the measure.

    Besides permanently banning oil and gas drilling, the ordinance sought to strip corporations of rights the U.S. Supreme Court has determined they are entitled to.

  • Editorial cartoons - Jan. 26, 2015
  • 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.