Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 13, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Health facilities an issue of survival for small towns

    New Mexicans should be tired of all the state rankings, since they only seem to show us as the worst, or among the worst, in such issues as poverty, education, child welfare and more. So forgive me when I say, I’ve got one more — emergency services.

    I ran into this particular ranking in the AARP Bulletin, a monthly publication that I receive for getting old and paying my old-folks dues. I read about it in the Bulletin, but really it’s the American College of Emergency Physicians that sounded the alarm.

  • Homecoming rout - Raton no match for No. 1 Redbirds in 55-6 romp

    Robertson and Raton combined for 35 points in the first quarter Friday night.

    The first six were the Tigers’.

    The rest belonged to the Cardinals — who were just beginning an eventual 55-6 beatdown.

    It played out before Robertson’s 2014 homecoming crowd at Cardinal Stadium, and the few raindrops were far from adequate to dampen the enthusiasm for the undefeated Redbirds.

    The Cardinals moved their record to 7-0 as they prepare for the District 2-4A schedule, which starts with Pojoaque Valley’s visit this coming Friday.

  • Dons win second in a row

    Fans of Jose Juan Montaño had been waiting for a night like this one.

    Montaño delivered on Friday night in Tucumcari, passing for 492 yards and eight touchdowns in a 67-36 shootout victory — the Dons’ second in a row following an 0-5 start.

    Perhaps the most important statistic — other than the final score — is completion percentage. Montaño was unofficially credited with 31 of 39 passes on target, with several different receivers on the other end of them.

  • Highlands football stumbles at Mesa

    Forced to climb out of a 24-0 hole, the New Mexico Highlands football team stumbled to a 31-19 defeat Saturday at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Cowboys (2-4 overall, 2-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) played stretches of the game without starting quarterback Lance Orender and a leading receiver.

    With backup QB Tanner Wright at the controls, the Cowboys eventually rallied, outscoring the host Mavericks 19-7 over the final 20 minutes.

  • Weekend Roundup - Lady Don spikers working on details

    West Las Vegas volleyball enjoys a lofty statewide ranking — No. 6 in the most recent NMOTSC.com poll — but head coach Karli Salazar says her team remains a work in progress.

    “They’re improving,” she said of her Lady Dons. “But we have a lot of unforced errors at this point.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Oct. 13, 2014

    • West Las Vegas (B) vs. Española Valley, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Robertson boys at Moreno Valley, TBA
    • West Las Vegas vs. Española Valley, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS

    • Robertson Invitational, TBA, Pendaries Golf Course, Rociada

    • Robertson girls at Moreno Valley, 3 p.m., Angel Fire

  • Applebees, anyone?

    How would you like an Applebees, Denny’s or IHOP setting up shop in Las Vegas?

    A study commissioned by the city of Las Vegas determined that those businesses, along with 17 others, would do well in this community.

    But some members of the governing body worry that existing businesses could be hurt by the competition.

    Buxton Analytics, the company that conducted the study, looked at how members of our community spend their money by tracking credit and debit card transactions.

  • Study: Strong support for reintegration center

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The number of former inmates who return to jail at the San Miguel County Detention Center could be reduced, thanks to research by New Mexico Highlands social work students.

    The graduate students conducted a feasibility study to assess the need for a proposed 12-bed adult reintegration center. The center would be the first facility of its kind in northeastern New Mexico to provide on-site substance abuse treatment and other services to inmates.

  • Free legal fair to take place Tuesday

    If you need legal advice on a civil matter but don’t have the money to hire an attorney, Tuesday is your opportunity to talk to a lawyer for free.

    Several attorneys will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Mexico Highlands University Student Union Building, 800 National Avenue, for a free legal fair. Area attorneys will provide free consultations on a first-come, first-served basis.