Today's News

  • It takes so little to be ‘above average’

    You know good customer service when you see it. I know you do. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a person with education degrees or years of experience to figure this one out.

    You are qualified — right now — to determine the level of customer service.

    There are places you exit from and you say to yourself, “Boy, they did a good job of serving me.” It may be a restaurant, a store, or another business, but when you leave you may feel like you were a very important person or that your presence really didn’t matter.

  • To improve our schools, spend more in classroom

    While the recent Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico decision has understandably received intense interest for its landmark ruling that New Mexico’s public schools are not adequately funded, there has been less attention on another, equally important aspect of the ruling.

    That aspect is the finding that more money will only make a difference for students if it is spent in the classroom. 

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Springing forward?

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Creating a non-profit to manage the Montezuma hot springs was suggested during a Wednesday meeting at the United World College-USA, which owns the hot baths.

    Another suggestion involved donating the mineral-charged springs, which have long been free for the public’s use, to the City of Las Vegas or San Miguel County.

  • Running on: It's cross country season

    New Mexico Highlands University’s cross country team took a tough blow when Collins Kurui — the men’s No. 1 runner for the last several years — sustained a freak injury during the Las Vegas Fiesta Run in early July.

    Kurui broke his leg while nearing the last half-mile of the 10-kilometer race, an event often used by Highlands harriers as an off-season tune-up.

    While the initial outlook was grim, a successful surgery has fueled hopes the Kenya native will make a full recovery, albeit not in time to rejoin the Cowboys.

  • Devils get their due

    Sandia Prep, the team that won the last three Class 4A state volleyball titles — the last two by sweeping Robertson in the finals — seemed to have the Lady Cardinals’ number again Thursday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Sundevils broke an 8-8 tie in game one to take a 25-15 win punctuated by Haley Feuerherd’s kill.

    And then after Robertson got the equalizer with a 25-11 tally in game two, Prep led a riveting game three on five separate occasions.

  • Rico ranked 14th

    Rico Montoya, the University of Northern Colorado’s 133-pound wrestler, is projected as the No. 14 grappler in the nation at his weight class.

    That’s according to the Tournament Power Index released this month by WIN Magazine.

    Montoya, a senior at UNC, was a five-time New Mexico state champion for Robertson High from 2011 to 2015. He is one of just seven wrestlers to have won as many state titles in the Land of Enchantment.

    UNC is ranked 42nd as a team; Penn State is No. 1.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Sept. 9-13

    SUNDAY (Sept. 9)

    • NMHU women vs. Texas-Permian Basin, 11:30 a.m., Sanchez Family Stadium
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., Herrera Complex (NEW TIMES AND LOCATION)


    • Robertson (B) vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas (B) at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas girls at Portales, 4 p.m., Portales

  • Luna to host employment summit, job fair

    A two-day employment event is coming to Luna Community College on Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday Sept. 14.

    The events are hosted by the Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board. Both events will take place in the auditorium at Luna Community College, according to Rock Ulibarri, the director of adult education for Luna.

  • Police: man struck officer with beam

    A chance encounter with a Las Vegas police officer led to felony charges of battery on a peace officer for a Montezuma man.

    While responding to a harassment call in the 2300 block of North Gonzales Street, an officer with LVPD noticed a man running through the backyard of the residence. That man would later be identified as 41-year-old Mark Carrillo, who is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center awaiting his next court appearance.