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AD TURMOIL AT NMHU

It has been a very difficult year for New Mexico Highlands University athletics, with very little success and few reasons to believe that better days are ahead, as the university’s teams struggle to compete with their rivals in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Compared to many other teams in the conference, NMHU lacks the funding, recruiting and facilities to stand out among the crowd. The job of getting the university on the right track took another negative turn last week, as Director of Athletics Andew Ehling resigned, leaving the university without leadership at the top. For now, it appears as if the university plans to just name an internal replacement in the interim to keep things afloat until a new president takes over the university, according to current President Sam Minner, who said he will leave that responsibility to whoever replaces him when he leaves. 

We don’t know when a new president will be taking over, and we don’t know how long after that happens that a new AD may be named. For a university that already struggles to attract qualified Division II athletes to Las Vegas, this development certainly won’t help. 

We have no doubt that whoever is named in the interim will do their best, but nobody at this university currently has experience completely running an athletic department, and they certainly won’t be making any immediate changes to help the university’s teams regain relevance within the RMAC. This is a tough job, one that will only become harder following months, or even more, without a permanent person at the reins. 

Whoever takes over as the AD eventually will have to be given more freedom to make changes, and to spend at the level necessary to win in college athletics. Things can’t be done the same way now that they were years ago. It just doesn’t work that way anymore. If the goal is to win, and we certainly hope that is the goal, things must change at all levels of the department. Otherwise, why operate an NCAA program at all? 

 

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FEMA MONEY TRICKLES IN

Last week, the City of Las Vegas received its first check from FEMA to begin the process of replacing the city’s water treatment facility, a process that will take several years to complete. Although it’s a small step in the process, we are glad things are moving in the right direction to getting back to some sense of normalcy in this community, which was rocked by the largest fire in New Mexico history a little under a year ago. We wish that funding was being provided to the residents directly impacted by the fires as quickly as it is being provided to the government agencies, but all of the funding is certainly necessary at this point. Residents have expressed their displeasure at the process of working with FEMA ever since they became involved, and government officials have pointed out that FEMA needs to make changes to its process to better accommodate fire victims, as they are more used to dealing with other types of disasters on the country’s east and west coasts. 

Though those changes won’t help our victims, they would help people in similar situations in the future. We hope for quick resolutions to all of the claims from this fire, and that individuals and governments are made whole from their losses as quickly as possible. 

As Sen. Pete Campos told Source New Mexico this week, patience is running out in this area. The first check the city received is nice, but there is plenty more work to be done. Let’s keep that money flowing until every project is complete.

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