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Today's News

  • Don’t drink and drive

    If you picked up a copy of Friday’s Optic, chances are you saw the ad purchased by Ray Collins.

    The ad shows the crumpled white minivan where five members of his family died after their vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver whose blood alcohol content was four times the legal limit. At the bottom of the ad is a family photograph of Renée Collins-Gonzales, 39, Paul Gonzales, 35, Selena Gonzales, 10, Jacqueline Gonzales, 11 and Alisha Garcia, 17, who died in the crash, and of Arissa Garcia, the sole survivor of the crash.

  • Editorial cartoon - May 27, 2015
  • Work of Art: Two Broke Girls: moronic!

    For the past dozen years, the amount of the Trujillo family’s televiewing has dropped considerably. Whereas late last century we watched and at least kept track of dozens of programs — mostly half-hour sitcoms — today we watch things like Masterpiece Theater, a smattering of PBS offerings on Sunday, Keeping Up Appearances, 60 Minutes, and not much else.

  • Cowgirls 3rd in nationals

    Salcia Slack scored more points than any other female athlete in this past weekend’s NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships.

    She earned her fourth individual national championship, winning five of seven events to dominate the heptathlon.

    And she added a couple more All-American honors to hit double figures in that category, imprinting her name among the greatest athletes in the history of New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Outlaws battle big boys
  • Locals all-district - Robertson’s Jaramillo, Sandoval Coaches of Year

    Sixteen locals were among those honored with selection to the All-District 2-4A baseball and softball teams this spring.
    The all-district lineups were announced Friday by Pojoaque Valley athletic director Matt Martinez.

    Robertson High head coaches Adrian Jaramillo (softball) and Kenny Sandoval (baseball) swept the district’s Coach of the Year accolades after leading their teams to regular-season championships and berths in the state tournaments.

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  • From Cardinal to Cowboy

    It looks like the storied wrestling career of Robertson’s Kenny Yara will have some more chapters.

    Yara, who repeated as state champion at 220 lbs. this past February, has signed a national letter of intent to attend New Mexico Highlands University this fall and wrestle for the Cowboys.

    Yara said he was impressed with NMHU head coach Doug Moses and his demonstrated interest.

    “They were very supportive,” said Yara, who graduates this week.

    He said he was undecided as to which academic major he will pursue.

  • Vatos to vie for national sevens title

    New Mexico Highlands’ Vatos emerged as one of the pleasant surprises of the summer of 2014 when they made it all the way to the championship match of the National Small College Rugby Organization in “sevens” rugby.

    They’ll be back to make another run at the national title this coming weekend in Philadelphia as part of an eight-team field.

  • Robbers struggle at Fuego

    Defending Pecos League champion Santa Fe has gotten out to a promising start, courtesy of the struggling Las Vegas Train Robbers.

    Chevas Numata was blazing at the plate, hitting three home runs as the Fuego (4-0) torched the visiting Robbers 20-7 on Sunday at Fort Marcy Park for the team’s fourth win in five nights against Las Vegas (0-4).

    The Train Robbers were idle Monday; they were to begin a road series at league newcomer Garden City (Kans.) on Tuesday.

  • Topes looking up at 51s

    The Albuquerque Isotopes find themselves in the cellar of the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division with an 18-26 record as of Monday, nine games out of first behind the Las Vegas 51s.

    Cristhian Adames leads the team with a healthy .321 batting average, and he shares the team lead in home runs with five.

    A rainout of Monday’s scheduled nine-inning contest at New Orleans led to a scheduled doubleheader Tuesday. The series continues through Thursday before the Topes host Omaha on Friday night.