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Today's News

  • Firefighters clear containment lines around Ute Park fire

    UTE PARK (AP) — Firefighters anticipating a return to dangerous weather conditions are clearing containment lines around a northern New Mexico wildfire that has burned 57.2 2 square miles of forest and threatened two rural communities.

    Cimarron residents were allowed Monday to return home but smaller Ute Park on the other side of the fire remains evacuated.

    A storm Sunday slowed the fire’s growth but the fire’s incident management team says fire activity is expected to increase this week due to a high pressure system building from the south.

  • Lujan Grisham wins Democratic primary for governor

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico Democrats chose three-term Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham as their gubernatorial nominee in hopes of reclaiming the state’s top office after two terms of Republican control.

    U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce ran unopposed for the Republican nomination and moved on to November’s general election. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run for a consecutive third term.

  • Ditching with impunity

    Maybe it’s my longing for moisture amid dire drought conditions for the long term. Maybe it’s simply that the smattering of tiny raindrops a few days ago made me yearn for the rainier seasons.

    But here it is: June, and that makes me wonder why Mother Nature failed to bring February bowers, April showers or May flowers.
    Even the March winds, virtually guaranteed each year,  let us down.

    We can store much of the recent moisture in a thimble. I admit, however, that Sunday’s rainfall was welcome.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

  • Mora County: George Trujillo, incumbent sheriff out

    A couple of new faces will be among Mora County leaders next year, as a pair of officials were ousted in Tuesday's Democratic nomination primary in unofficial results.

    In Commission District 2, George A. Trujillo lost his seat to Frank Maestas, who beat him by a 785-679 count. Randall J. Regensberg was third in the race, which had no Republicans on the other side of the primary, with 192 votes.

  • District 40: Paula Garcia falls to Sanchez in N.M. House race

    Paula Garcia of Mora was hoping to represent House District 40 in Santa Fe.

    Instead, that role appears it will go to Joseph Sanchez of Alcalde.

    With almost half of District 40's 34 precincts fully reporting in Tuesday's primary election for the Democratic nomination, Garcia had only earned slight more than half as many votes as Sanchez, trailing 2,406 to 1,338. Barney Tujillo of Chimayó, the other candidate, had about 1,000 votes.

  • San Miguel Couty: Garcia ousts Ulibarri as commissioner

    There were some surprises in early returns in San Miguel County races in Tuesday’s primary election.

    Incumbent Rock Ulibarri was ousted by challenger Harold Garcia on Tuesday as he tried to hang on to the San Miguel County Commission District 1 seat he won in 2014. Garcia earned 432 votes to Ulibarri’s 320 in unofficial totals. Marty Sweeney was third with 246 votes.

    Before any of the regular precinct returns or absentee ballots had been counted, Ulibarri held a 115-114 edge in unofficial early-voting results over Garcia, with Sweeney garnering 71.

  • Finals this week

    Las Vegas Little League is holding championship tournaments for its Majors baseball and softball divisions through Friday evening at Keyes Park, off Mills Avenue.

    La Plaza Little League will also be holding Majors baseball and softball playoffs in the days ahead, while Minors and tee-ball division play continues for a couple of more weeks.
     

  • Vatos finish eighth in sevens nationals

    The New Mexico Highlands University rugby team finished eighth in this past weekend’s National Small College Rugby Organization national sevens championship tournament.

    The tourney took place Saturday and Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, bringing top regional qualifiers from across the country.

    According to the organization, more than 240 men’s teams and approximately 110 women’s teams are affiliated with NSCRO.

  • Golf for a good cause

    Las Vegas-area golfers are invited to take part in several upcoming events, some of which will benefit various causes of interest to the community.

    • The third annual West Las Vegas Athletics Golf Fundraiser is coming up this Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Gene Torres Golf Course.
    Entry cost is $400 per team of four, $100 an individual, with proceeds going to the WLV athletic department.

    Details are available at the course and from West Las Vegas — Richard Tripp, 505-426-2517; or Kenny Lujan, 505-718-2277.