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  • The fight of his life - Pecos teen wants others to learn from his ordeal with testicular cancer

    Growing up, Mark Archuleta Jr. could be found on the basketball court or on a baseball field competing.

    And while he has faced tough battles on the court and the field, none of those compared to the foe that came knocking at his door in late July. That’s when Mark found out he had testicular cancer.

    Getting that diagnosis, weeks before Mark was set to begin his senior year at Pecos High School, set the Archuleta family in a new direction. Suddenly, the focus was no longer on his senior year, but on fighting this battle against cancer.

  • 10-year hunting ban for poacher

    Submitted to the Optic

    An investigation that spanned more than two years and led to the filing of 26 poaching charges has resulted in a decade-long revocation, just the second time this has occurred in New Mexico’s history.

  • HU students land jobs with Forest Service

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The U.S. Forest Service hired three Highlands University forestry majors on the spot at the Society of American Foresters National Convention.

    Fifteen Highlands University forestry students participated in the convention Nov. 2-5 in Madison, Wisc.

  • Court blocks plan to extend overtime pay

    By Michelle Rindels
    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In a blow to the Obama administration’s labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.

  • Gov: Permanent fund off limits

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez wants state lawmakers to know that the state’s permanent investment fund should be off limits from efforts to resolve a state budget deficit.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 27, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Blaze set to  pro-life offices  
    ALBUQUERQUE — The FBI and Albuquerque Fire Department need help finding the person responsible for arson at a pro-life Catholic organization on Wednesday.

    Authorities say someone set several fires at the office of Project Defending Life, a Catholic-based ministry that offers help to pregnant women.

    The office and a chapel inside the building were damaged.

    Firefighters quickly put the blaze out and nobody was injured.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 27, 2016

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1966 —  New Mexico Highlands University’s Cowboys, the nation’s highest-scoring football team, are set to take on Waynesburg, Pa., in the NAIA Champion Bowl semi-finals. The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at University Stadium in Albuquerque. Highlands has a season record of 8-1, and the Yellowjackets stand at 9-0. The Cowboys are averaging almost 50 points per contest and are led by Carl Garrett, who tops all college players in scoring this year with 158 points.   

  • Weather - Nov. 27, 2016


    HIGH 48° / LOW 23°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
    6:49 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 20°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 20.
    6:50 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • NMHU professor leads geoscience funding panel

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University geology professor will help lead a nationwide National Science Foundation panel to determine grant funding for geoscience research.

    Michael Petronis will serve at NSF’s Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities funding meeting earlier this month in Berkeley, Calif.

  • Man gets 20 years in slayings

    The Mora County man who pleaded guilty to killing two people was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this week.

    Donald Valdez, 46, was sentenced on Monday to the maximum sentence allowed under the plea agreement he entered into with prosecutors on Sept. 12. District Judge Matthew Sandoval also ordered that Valdez serve 85 percent of his sentence, meaning that he must serve a minimum of 16 ½ years in prison before being eligible for release.

    Valdez will be given credit for the 13 months he has been locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center.