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Today's News

  • Real season begins

    By Vincent Nolasco
    Special to the Optic

    The NCAA West Regional and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships will take place this Friday and Saturday at Brownson Area located on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

    The top three placers in the NCAA West Regional and RMAC Championships in each of the weight class will seal a ticket to the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, next month, March 14-15.

  • Destiny taking course

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Highlands sophomore Destiny Dilworth hit a pair of NCAA qualifying marks at the Joe Davies Open Saturday afternoon in the final tune-up for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

    The meet was held in Golden, Colo.

  • District tourneys roll on

    Robertson hosts the semifinal of the District 2-3A girls’ basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym, and the winner gets to cross the Gallinas for a shot at regular-season champ West Las Vegas on Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Cardinals, who beat Pojoaque Valley 42-38 in the regular-season finale, await the winner between the Elkettes and Raton, a 55-54 winner over Taos.

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    The boys’ district tourney also continues Wednesday, with Pojoaque hosting Tuesday’s Raton-Robertson victor.

  • Lobos return to the Top 25

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s strategy was simple against No. 6 San Diego State: Get the ball to Cameron Bairstow.
    Bairstow scored 26 points on a series of jumpers, dunks and layups to lead the Lobos to a 58-44 victory over the Aztecs on Saturday night.

    As a result of that effort — and last week’s get-even triumph at Nevada-Las Vegas — the Lobos returned to the AP Top 25 for the first time since Week 2, checking in at No. 25.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 26, 2014

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • District 2-3A boys’ tournament: Tuesday’s Robertson-Raton winner at Pojoaque Valley, TBA, Jacona
    • District 2-3A girls’ tournament: Tuesday’s Raton-Pojoaque Valley winner at Robertson, TBA, Mike Marr Gym

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • District 2-3A boys’ tournament: Wednesday’s winner at Taos, TBA, Taos

    Friday
    Baseball

  • East chief won’t be back

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s tenure as superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools has come to an abrupt, but expected closure.

    During a meeting Thursday evening, the board unanimously approved putting her on paid administrative leave for the remainder of her contract, which expires at the end of this school year.

    The board by a near unanimous vote also switched the title for Lydia Flores, who has been serving as acting superintendent since last month, to interim superintendent.

  • Putting on a show - Grease musical set for Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University HU Singers present a production of the popular musical Grease at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Grease is set in 1959 in a fictional working class U.S. high school, following the lives of the students as they navigate both the dramatic and lighthearted complexities of young love.

    The crowd-pleasing musical score relies on the early influences of rock and roll.

  • Uncertainty over teacher pay raises

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Teachers are in line for a possible $2,000 increase in their base salaries under a $6 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature, but there’s some uncertainty over the raise.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez could veto a budget provision intended to make sure local districts implement the higher salaries.

    An educational union leader said Friday he hoped Martinez accepts the Legislature’s directive over teacher pay.

  • Lawmakers fail to clarify abuse law

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state’s embattled child welfare agency said Friday it’s concerned about the Legislature’s failure to clarify a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect to authorities.

    Without a “crystal clear” law, New Mexico’s children are being put at risk, said Henry Varela, a spokesman for the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press