Today's News

  • ‘Three strikes’ bill would lead to life sentences

    SANTA FE — House Majority Leader Nate Gentry wants to clear the way for mandatory life sentences for offenders who are convicted of three violent crimes.
    His legislation joins a growing list of tough-on-crime proposals being floated by the Republican majority. With one day left to introduce legislation, the caucus already has pitched proposals to stiffen penalties or crack down on sexual exploitation of children, child abuse, food-stamp fraud, voyeurism, drunken driving, domestic violence and violent crime.

  • Cowgirl track No. 4 in nation

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team has moved up to fourth in the national poll, the program’s highest ranking in school history.

    That’s according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll released this week.

  • Dons complete sweep

    Martin “Tino” Castellano struck for four 3-point baskets in the first half and was one of three Dons guards to reach double figures in scoring Wednesday night as West Las Vegas took a hard-fought 67-62 victory at Robertson.

    West improved to 19-5 overall and 4-1 in District 2-4A with one game left in the regular season  — a home game Friday night against Pojoaque Valley. A win in that contest would clinch the best record in the district, as Pojoaque and Taos are both 3-2 as of Thursday.

  • Eyes on the prize - Cardinal wrestling gunning for return to the top as Montoya seeks history

    A number of Las Vegas-area wrestlers will be pursuing individual state championships — Robertson senior Rico Montoya is after a record fifth — this weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    The Cardinals look as strong across the lineup as they have in years and are in contention for their first team championship since 2009, the last of a four-year run at the top. Defending state champ Bloomfield and St. Michael’s, which won three state titles in the previous four years, are also leading contenders.

  • Three awards in three days for Chavez

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    And the trio of awards is complete.

    Fifth-year senior Matthew Chavez was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association South Central Region Player of the Week Wednesday.

    He was named New Mexico Highlands Subway Athlete of the Week on Monday and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday.

  • Boys’ teams from WLV, Mora, Pecos’ girls all top 5 in state polls

    The West Las Vegas Dons are back in the place with which they’ve been familiar almost all season — second in the Class 4A state boys’ basketball poll behind only defending state champion Hope Christian.

    West is No. 2 in the NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll released late Monday.

    In descending order, the top 10 rankings are Hope Christian, West Las Vegas, Taos, Portales, Pojoaque Valley, St. Michael’s, Cobre, Bloomfield, Silver and Kirtland Central.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 20, 2015

    • LCC vs. Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. West Texas A&M (DH), 11 a.m., Brandt Park (NEW TIME)
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 6 and 8 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • State tournaments, 9 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho (NEW TIME)


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 20, 2015


  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 20, 2015
  • Another Perspective - Now is the time for capital outlay reform

    This legislative session, the legislature is expected to approve a capital outlay bill expending more than $200 million for capital projects without the benefit of any formal system for planning, vetting or selecting the projects. New Mexico is regretably unique among the states in its folly.

    This free-for-all system is in dire need of improvement to ensure that the state’s investment in capital infrastructure yields the greatest return possible for the taxpayer.