Today's News

  • Highlands golf fees criticized

    Highlands University’s golf course reopened last month, but some are complaining about the higher fees.

    School officials, however, say they set the rates in a way that the 18-hole golf course would pay for itself.

    The Gene Torres Golf Course opened Aug. 23 after more than two years of renovations.

    The new annual membership costs $1,100, with a 20 percent discount for faculty and staff.

  • Campos appoints members

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos has appointed a new board of directors for the school’s foundation, nearly two months after a controversy erupted over his predecessor’s decision to remove four members.

    The new members are Dante Vigil, Ernesto Salazar, Antonio Ortega, Phil Wolff, Katherine Marquez, Christina Campos, Darlene Baca, Matt Martinez and Zita Lopez.

  • More Luna programs expected

    Department directors at Luna Community College say they want to tell the public about many of the offerings at the college.

    “We have a lot going on, we’re kind of bursting at the seams — we’ve kind of reached our capacity with a 100 nursing students and about 250 pre-nursing students,” said Conni Reichert, Luna’s health sciences director.

    Reichert said the school of nursing is in the process accreditation.

  • Taos football coach arrested in Las Vegas

    A coach for the Taos football team was arrested Friday night shortly after his team lost to West Las Vegas.

    Anthony Paul Labella, 43, of Arroyo Hondo faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child and aggravated battery.

    According to state police, Labella was angry with his team after losing to West. “You (expletive) need to learn how to tackle,” he allegedly told his players.

    The 14-year-old victim was asked to stand up. The coach allegedly tackled him from the front and caused him to fall. The teen told officers he suffered lower back pain.

  • Lapse in judgment

    We’re sure San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez ran the June primary elections in an above-board fashion. But because of a lapse in judgment on his part, some may now question whether that’s the case.

    According to campaign finance reports, Jerome Block Jr., a Democratic candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, gave Maez $300 for a “campaign coordination,” with the county clerk’s office listed as Maez’s address. And the country band, Wyld Country, to which Maez belongs, got $2,500 for a gig at a Block rally.

  • District reinstates athletic director

    The Las Vegas City Schools has reinstated its athletic director, Mike Yara, who had been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with an investigation into hazing at a football camp.

    “Mike Yara handled this matter very appropriately given the information he had,” Rick Romero, the district’s superintendent, said today.

    Romero had also placed head Robertson High School football coach Ray Woods and his staff on leave because of the alleged hazing. At least one allegation involves a player being sodomized with a broomstick.

  • School district wants to remove tank

    Las Vegas City Schools officials say they’re not going to take any chances when it comes to students’ safety.

    They announced last week that they will be removing a 7,500-gallon fuel oil tank near the maintenance building at Robertson High School. The tank is also close to the school’s gym.

    Officials said they feared having such a large tank with fuel near students.

  • Lowest bidder doesn't get job

    Las Vegas-based Rudolph Construction was the low bidder for a roofing project for the city’s housing authority, and the City Council even approved the company for the job.

    But the contractor lost the project because he hadn’t met the 10-day requirement for a payment and performance bond. So the council this week decided to go with Goodrich Roofing Co., which bid the project at $246,000 to Rudolph’s $215,000, officials said.

    The authority seeks to replace the roofs of 21 buildings.

  • Luna seeks agreement with Guard for ball fields

    Luna Community College is working on an agreement with the New Mexico National Guard to lease land for softball and baseball fields, an official said last week.

    Luna President Pete Campos said the National Guard has land near the campus that the school wants to use for its baseball and softball teams. Now, the college is playing on fields at the city’s Rodriguez Park.

    He said he hopes to have a draft agreement before the Board of Trustees by as early as September.

  • Millfest completes 20th year

    CLEVELAND — It may not be the biggest summer festival in northern New Mexico, but it holds its own — with its own unique feature.

    The Cleveland Millfest celebrated its 20th year this Labor Day weekend, with plenty of music and dance, food, arts and crafts, and a turnout estimated in the thousands.

    The mill itself — which is put into operation once a year for the Cleveland Millfest — gives this particular festival its own unique identity.