Today's News

  • Score 1 for secrecy

    Pop quiz: What’s the best word to describe lawmakers who espouse a belief in open government, but who vote for a special rule that seeks to cloak their own emails and documents related to public business in secrecy?

    A. Arrogant;
    B. Misguided;
    C. Hypocritical;
    D. Shameful;
    E. All of the above

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 18, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Mr. McDonald, take a bow

    Being at the top is never easy. Being at the top of a newspaper, even less so.

    More often than not, you’re vilified for calling people on the things they deserve to be called on. You’re blamed for things you had little or no control over. You’re criticized for going too easy or too hard on someone. You’re accused of being biased, no matter how you handle a situation.

    Such is life at the top when you’re the publisher or general manager of a newspaper.

  • Trojans finish as runners-up

    For the second consecutive season, Wagon Mound’s boys’ basketball team emerged as the pride of northeastern New Mexico, making the deepest run in the state tournaments of any team in the region.

    Unfortunately for the Trojans and their loyal fans — much of the village of Wagon Mound was at The Pit for Friday’s Class B boys’ title game — this year would bring a runner-up trophy instead of the coveted blue state championship hardware.

  • Lobos, Aggies win league tourneys

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Steve Alford still had the net around his neck when the lobbying began for his New Mexico Lobos.

    No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference, for sure. But how about a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?

    Improbable, yes, if only because this is the Mountain West after all. But Alford made it clear Saturday he wasn’t going to settle for just being a No. 2.

    “We’ve got to be in the talks,” Alford said.

  • Productive starts for RHS tennis, WLV softball

    Two days of tennis in the City Different provided ample early-season learning experience for the Robertson High School teams in the Santa Fe Invitational.

    The Cardinal boys scored 9-0 wins over both Santa Fe High and St. Michael’s and an 8-1 verdict vs. Los Alamos before losing to defending Class 3A state champion New Mexico Military.

    The girls bounced back from 8-1 losses to Santa Fe and Los Alamos by crushing Capital 9-0 on Saturday.

    Head coach Roman Fulgenzi noted progress.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 18, 2013

    • West Las Vegas at Monte del Sol, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m., Portales

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • LCC at Adams State JV (DH), noon, Alamosa, Colo.
    • St. Mike’s Invite: Robertson vs. TBA, Santa Fe
    • Aztec Invite: West Las Vegas vs. Española Valley, 6:30 p.m., Aztec

  • Bill lists $11.5M for area projects

    Lawmakers have approved a $274 million package to fund brick and mortar projects across the state, and if the bill survives Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto pen, schools, hospitals water systems and other government entities in San Miguel and Mora counties will receive more than $11.5 million for area projects.

    Among the big winners locally are the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, Highlands University, the city of Las Vegas and Mora County. Each of those entities stands to receive more than $1 million in capital project funding.

  • Final Touches - Student Center opens Monday

    The first floor of the new Highlands University Student Center is set to open on Monday, after  months of delays.

    Max Baca, the university administrator who oversaw the project for Highlands, said the first floor of the massive building will open on Monday, the same day students return from spring break. The first floor includes the cafeteria and bookstore.

    The multi-million-dollar facility is about 15 months behind schedule and cost the university $4.8 million more than expected.

  • Commission rejects gun resolution

    An attempt by San Miguel County Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger to get his colleagues on the board to approve a resolution supporting stricter federal laws on assault weapons and more comprehensive background checks backfired.

    After a spirited discussion, the commission shot down Leger’s proposed resolution in a rare split vote. Leger and Marcellino Ortiz voted for the resolution, both citing mass shootings like the one in December in Newtown, Conn. Commissioners Ron Ortega, Arthur Padilla and Gilbert Sena voted against it.