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  • Editorial cartoon - April 20, 2015
  • Reform is needed

    The figure is staggering.

    A report released by State Auditor Tim Keller last month states that there is $4.5 billion in unspent money just sitting around in the accounts of various state agencies. That’s a lot of money, particularly given that the entire state budget is about $6.2 billion.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A week on the pages of small-town newspapers

    Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, N.M., I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism.

    It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes more than 15 newspapers around the state, along with a news-savvy radio station broadcasting out of Santa Fe.

  • Topes trump Aces in Reno

    Albuquerque’s luck against the Reno Aces carried over to Nevada over the weekend.

    The Isotopes (7-3 going into Sunday) never trailed Friday night after scoring four times in their first at-bats, cashing in for an 11-2 win.

    Left fielder Tim Wheeler hit 4 of 5, including a three-RBI home run in the first inning plus two doubles. He finished with five runs batted in.

    First baseman Ben Paulsen was 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI.

  • LV teams top 3 in Meadow City Invite

    Gusty conditions and cool temperatures made exemplary performances problematic, but a few athletes — including Robertson’s girls’ mile relay team — managed to qualify for state at Friday evening’s Meadow City Invitational.

    “It was a pretty good meet for us,” said Robertson girls’ coach Mike Maldonado. “This is a good group. They work hard.”

    So do the volunteers who helped stage the meet, a smooth-running affair that began at 3 p.m. and wrapped by 8 at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Weekend Roundup: Lady Cards 6-0 in district

    “We woke the monster,” Pojoaque softball coach (and Mora native) Ricky DeHerrera Jr. remarked to a reporter after his Elkettes spotted host Robertson a 5-0 first inning lead Saturday in the second of two games.

    Indeed.

    The Lady Cardinals yielded one run to the visitors but produced 10 more to put an early end to game two of a doubleheader sweep that left RHS unbeaten in District 2-4A with a 6-0 record.

    Robertson won game one 8-6, weathering a fourth-inning rally with a defense that bent but didn’t break.

  • Little League - April 20

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by the Las Vegas Little League. All games are played at Keyes Park on Mills Avenue.

    APRIL 20-24

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Monday: Mets vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday: Orioles vs. Mets, 5:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday: Angels vs. Orioles, 5:30 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday: Red Wings vs. Sandgnats, 6:15 p.m.; Rivercats vs. Owlz, 7:45 p.m.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - April 20, 2015

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV vs. West Las Vegas, 3 p.m., TBA
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    Golf
    • West Las Vegas at Taos
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at Portales (DH), 3 p.m., Portales

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS field
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 7:05 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.

  • BREAKING: Highlands announces finalists

    Two current Highlands University employees — one a high level administrator and the other a faculty member — are among six finalists vying to be the school’s next president.

    The names of the six finalists selected by the university’s Presidential Search Committee were released publicly on Thursday afternoon.

  • $562K in city debt forgiven

    Christmas has come early for the city of Las Vegas, which has had $562,849 in debt forgiven by the state Water Trust Board.

    The City Council made the debt reduction official on Wednesday night, voting unanimously to adopt two ordinances that reflect the new terms of the grant-loan agreements.

    “Thank you for the good news,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz told the utilities department staff member who presented the two ordinances to the Council.