Today's News

  • NMHU hires new AD Falkner

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands and President James Fries announced that Jeff Falkner has been named athletic director for the university.

    “I was very impressed with his track record of academic success for his student-athletes everywhere he has been and how much he already knew about Highlands coming into the interview,” Fries said. “He also has experience raising money, which will be increasingly important in moving us forward in the very competitive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.”

  • Robbers’ home opener Thursday

    The Meadow City’s own semiprofessional baseball team, the Las Vegas Train Robbers, will make its 2014 home debut Thursday evening against the Raton Osos.

    First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Rodriguez Park.

    D.J. Stinsman, a veteran of the independent baseball circuit with time as a player in the Frontier League as well as the Pecos League, is the field manager for the Robbers. Stinsman succeeds Casey Dill, now the skipper for the Sonoma Stompers in California.

    The return home figures to be a welcome one.

  • Little League - May 21

    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. All LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    Wednesday, May 21: Mets vs. Orioles, 4 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Yankees vs. Red, 7:30 p.m.
    Monday, May 26: Reds vs. Orioles, 5:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Mets, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 21: Threshers vs. Express, 6:15 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Bats, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday, May 22: Owlz vs. Express, 6:15 p.m.; Threshers vs. Rivercats, 7:45 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 21, 2014

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Roswell Invaders, 7 p.m., Roswell

  • City water plans questioned

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia faced some pointed questions from members of the San Miguel County Commission last week during his presentation on steps being taken to improve the city’s water situation.

    One of the key projects Garcia discussed was the $30 million expansion of Bradner Dam, a project that, if successful, will triple the city’s current water storage capacity.

    Lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this year earmarked $10 million for the project, which still leaves a $6 million funding gap.

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  • Most NM teachers effective

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three-fourths of New Mexico’s teachers were rated as effective or better under a new evaluation system partly based on student achievement, according to the state Department of Education.

    But educational union officials on Friday dismissed the ratings.

  • State told to speed up aid to poor

    The Associated Press

    A federal judge in Albuquerque is ordering New Mexico to immediately process a backlog of thousands of applications from poor residents seeking health care and food assistance benefits.

    U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales issued the order Thursday as he scolded the Human Services Department as failing to meet its obligations to provide services in a timely manner.

  • Map shows where oil, gas spills occur in New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — A new website has mapped where oil- and gas-related spills take place in New Mexico, and it shows their numbers have increased in recent years.

    The Center for Western Priorities built the online map using years of data gathered by the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Oil Conservation Division, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 19, 2014

    The Associated Press

    April jobless rate was 6.8 percent  
    New Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in April, down from 7 percent in March and 6.9 percent a year ago.
    The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state’s economy lost 4,400 jobs over the year.