Today's News

  • Sochi Olympics to begin on Thursday

    The Associated Press

    SOCHI, Russia — Nothing to fear.

    That’s how a few of the first U.S. athletes to arrive at the Sochi Games feel after getting their first look at an unprecedented security presence ringing the Olympics.

    With militant groups threatening to attack during the next few weeks, security and the safety of competitors and visitors to the coastal area and in the nearby mountains that will host the events has become both heightened and inescapable.

  • Home runs make difference for HU

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Sophomore Dekota Monarrez may have been only 2-7 (.286) from the plate in the opening weekend, but she made sure her two hits did not stay in the ballpark.

    Monarrez hit a pair of two-run bombs in game two as New Mexico Highlands (1-1) upended Southwestern Oklahoma State (1-1) 4-2. The Cowgirls fell to the Bulldogs in game one, 4-3, Saturday afternoon.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 3, 2014

    • LCC vs. Otero (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • Valley Middle School boys at Cariños, 4 p.m., Española
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.


  • Gov: Put merger on ballot

    Consolidation of both local school districts has been the talk of the town for a number of years.

    Last Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez chimed in on the issue after two Las Vegas City Schools board members brought it up during her visit to Legion Park Elementary, where she promoted her proposed education budget for this year’s legislative session.

    Board member Luis Ortiz suggested an executive order from the governor, but it was no dice from the governor for his suggestion.

  • Cirque zuma zuma - Unique troupe to perform here

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Cirque Zuma Zuma from Africa Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Cirque Zuma Zuma is the only performance troupe of its kind in the world and has toured for sell-out crowds in Europe, Australia and the United States. The performance at Highlands is in celebration of Black History Month

  • Panel OKs plan to ax ed. secretary

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic lawmakers pushed ahead Friday with a proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s oversight of education by reversing a decision by voters a decade ago that gave the governor more influence over public school policy.

    The Senate Rules Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment on a party-line vote that would remove the Public Education Department from the direct control of the governor.

  • State graduation rates unchanged

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials say the state’s graduation rate was unchanged at 70 percent last year.

    The New Mexico Public Education Department says the 2013 rate maintains the seven percentage point increase achieved by the Class of 2012.

    The department also notes that since 2011, graduation rates have significantly improved for the state’s Hispanic, Native American, African American, Economically Disadvantaged, and disabled students. Some groups had gains as large as 13 percentage points.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Feb. 3 — Winter was evident in Las Vegas this morning with drifts of snow piled up around bushes, as wind had swept part of the sidewalks downtown. The high yesterday was 38 and the low last night 15. At 11 a.m. today the temperature was 18. The four inches of snow at the Las Vegas Airport yielded .05 inch of precipitation.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 3, 2014

    Free tax preparation
    Free 2013 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. The service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, from Feb. 3 through April 14 at the new student center at Highlands University. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring all necessary documents.

  • Weather - Feb. 3, 2014

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind 10-15 mph. Scattered snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 16. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Northwest wind around 10 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.