Today's News

  • RMAC poll: Cowboys seventh

    New Mexico Highlands University’s football team is predicted to finish seventh in the 10-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this coming fall.

    That’s according to a preseason coaches’ poll conducted in conjunction with the RMAC’s recent Media Day in Colorado Springs.

    The Cowboys, who finished 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the conference in 2013, garnered 29 points in the poll, which tied them with Western New Mexico for seventh place.

  • Football 2014 schedules

    NMHU Cowboys

    9/6 Eastern New Mexico 6 p.m.
    9/13 At Northern Arizona 5 p.m.
    9/20 Western New Mexico* 1 p.m.
    9/27 At Fort Lewis noon
    10/4 Colorado Mines 1 p.m.
    10/11 At Colorado Mesa 1 p.m.
    10/18 Western State 1 p.m.
    10/25 At Adams State noon
    11/1 Chadron State 1 p.m.
    11/8 At Black Hills State 1 p.m.
    11/15 At CSU-Pueblo 2 p.m.

  • LV’s Aragon wins crown at Fitness NM

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    It’s been an unforgettable summer for Las Vegas resident Courtney Aragon.

    Aragon, a physique competitor, became 2014 Fitness New Mexico Champion at the Fitness New Mexico Championships on May 31 in Albuquerque.

  • Women linksters invited to join golf fiesta Aug. 27

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    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association will hold its annual Fiesta de Las Vegas Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the New Mexico Highlands University Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Entries or cancellations must be received by Aug. 20. Mark your calendar and enter now.

    Entry forms are available at the Highlands Golf Pro shop or by calling Tangee Dolan, 505-425-3149.

    “This is a fun day for women golfers from around the state,” said Anne Pepper of the LVWGA.

  • Catfish stocked near Villanueva

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    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish stocked a section of the Pecos River flowing through Villanueva State Park south of Las Vegas with 200 catfish for the first time earlier this week.

    The large channel catfish are 18-20 inches and larger.

    “We are always looking to expand public fishing opportunities,” Department Fisheries Chief Mike Sloane said. “When anglers in the Villanueva area reached out to us to request more opportunities to fish, we were happy to be able to help.”

  • Hammon joins Spurs

    The Associated Press

    As a 5-6 point guard, decorated WNBA veteran Becky Hammon has never had the experience of shattering a backboard with a dunk.

    She’s busting through the glass ceiling instead.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 8, 2014

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 1:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

  • FYI - Sports - Aug. 8, 2014

    RHS, MMS cross country
    RHS and Memorial cross country practice will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11.
    High school practice will be at RHS track. Middle school practice will be at the middle school track. Students grades 9-12 are encouraged to come to the high school, and students grades 6-8 are encouraged to come to the middle school to join the cross country teams. Physicals need to be done ASAP.

    Memorial football

  • Go Fish - Aug. 8

    Fishing report, Aug. 5
    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and spinners. Fishing for perch was fair using worms.

  • Not in my backyard

    By Nigel Duara and Dina Cappiello
    The Associated Press

    BOARDMAN, Ore. — The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener.