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  • State appeals court hears assisted suicide case

    SANTA FE — Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have the right to end their lives?
    That’s what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after hearing arguments Monday from the state and lawyers for a terminally ill woman.
    The Santa Fe woman, who has advanced uterine cancer, is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico’s laws putting doctors in legal trouble and preventing her from ending her life.

  • Boost sought for job training program

    SANTA FE— A bipartisan coalition of New Mexico lawmakers is calling for more money to be funneled into a job training program as part of an effort to attract more businesses to the state.
    Under the proposed legislation, $12 million would be provided for the Job Training Incentive Program, which helps expanding companies and those that have relocated to the state cover the cost of training or hiring new employees.

  • Tougher penalties pushed for child sex crimes

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico lawmaker is pushing legislation that would toughen penalties for people convicted of child sex crimes and make them easier to prosecute.

  • UWC-USA annual global conference starts Thurs.

    A grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt about a tragedy. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.” The grandson asked him, “Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?” The grandfather answered, “The one I feed.”

  • QuÉ Pasa

    • The AAUW, Committee of Concerned Citizens for Better Schools, along with the Optic is sponsoring the West Las Vegas school board candidates forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the NMHU Student Union theater.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.


  • Cardinals Triumph in Trinidad

    Six Robertson High wrestlers won their weight classes and led their team to a championship Saturday at the Gene Gagliardi Invitational in Trinidad, Colo.
    The school’s own Cardinal Classic — a two-day tournament set this Friday and Saturday at Mike Marr Gym — is the sport’s regular-season finale. District duals are the following weekend at RHS, and the district and state tournaments will follow on the succeeding weekends.

  • Redbirds Fly Past Peñasco

    Four Cardinals soared with double-digit scoring totals in an 85-34 romp this past Saturday night at Peñasco.
    Robertson improved to 6-13. The Cardinals, coached by Manuel Romero, are the No. 10 team in Class 4A boys’ basketball this week.
    Sebastian Gonzales continues to have a strong winter campaign. The junior guard torched the Panthers for 26 points.
    Javan Gallegos and Francisco “Coco” Arguello manned the inside well for 18 and 13 points, respectively. And Arjay Ortiz added 13 points, continuing an eye-opening freshman year.

  • Nichols Honored

    Kendrick Nichols, a junior guard for the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team, has been named the NMHU Subway Eat Fresh Student-Athlete of the Week for Monday, Jan. 26.
    Nichols scored a career-best 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting. Finding himself with only one point in the first 16:34 of the game, and the Cowboys down 30-25 to rival Western New Mexico, he scored 10 of the final 12 Highlands points in the first half as the home team took a 37-34 lead into the break.

  • Gallegos to Play in Bowl Saturday

    For the second year in a row, Jordan Gallegos, 15, will showcase his gridiron skills on the big stage.
    Gallegos has been selected to play for Team USA (Under-16) against Canada in the International Bowl this Saturday at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Cowgirl's in Lobo Open

    It was a light day for the No. 9 nationally ranked New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team at the Lobo Open on Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Junior Tayler Hendren and freshman Jaylene Garcia finished 9-10 in the 3,000 meters with times of 11:39.28 and 12:48.98, respectively.
    Junior Destiny Dilworth finished 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 37-1 (11.3 meters).
    Senior Elizabeth Robertson took 11th in the shot put with a throw of 42-2.25 (12.86 meters).