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Today's News

  • Another Perspective - Protecting our water

    By Bob Wessely

    For the Optic

    San Miguel County is acutely aware that the water supply upon which its citizens depend is severely limited.

    Variable surface streams, originating from snowmelt, springs, and rainwater runoff, have been used for agricultural and domestic purposes for centuries.

    Multiple formation layers of fresh groundwater have been deposited over the millennia, water that is pumped for domestic and agricultural uses. These layers or aquifers are very slowly refreshed by rainwater seepage.

  • Fulgenzi clan earns national tennis honor

    Submitted to the Optic
    CHICAGO — Everyone knows that the Fulgenzis are New Mexico’s first family when it comes to tennis.
    They literally grew up on the hardcourts against each other. Watching. Playing. Competing. Coaching. They all learned early the importance of game plans and that teamwork wins championships.

  • March sadness for Lobos, Aggies

    By Eddie Pells
    AP National Writer
    SALT LAKE CITY — Among the provisions New Mexico gave coach Steve Alford in his brand-new, 10-year contract was a $125,000 bonus for making the Final Four.
    After their latest disappointing loss in the NCAA tournament, the Lobos will save the money, but feel the pain.
    Third-seeded New Mexico was handed the biggest upset on the first full day of play in the NCAA tournament, a 68-62 loss to 14th-seeded Harvard on Thursday night.

  • Inspired effort gives Billikens 20-point win over NMSU

    By Antonio Gonzalez
    AP Sports Writer

  • Mavs get tough vs. NMHU

    The 17th ranked Colorado Mesa baseball team asserted itself with a series win over visiting New Mexico Highlands, taking the first three games over their archrivals at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction.

    NMHU dropped to 14-11 overall and 10-5 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference heading into Sunday’s game four.

    Mesa (18-5, 12-1) won Friday’s nine-inning opener 11-6, then swept a doubleheader 11-1 and 4-1 on Saturday.

  • Vatos rugby wraps up home slate

    Officially, New Mexico Highlands University’s Vatos rugby side scored a 28-0 forfeit win over Las Cruces on Saturday.

    Unofficially, it was a lot closer but also encouraging for the Vatos.

    Playing on in an exhibition match, in which the Vatos lent a few players to the shorthanded visitors, the home team recorded a 33-24 victory.

  • Cardinal sluggers second at St. Mike’s

    Out-of-town tournament play marked a busy weekend for Las Vegas’ high school baseball and softball teams.

    Robertson baseball (5-2) tangled with Cobre for the tournament championship of the Jim Pierce Memorial Invite hosted by St. Michael’s in Santa Fe.

    Cobre won a tough one for the Cardinals, 14-6.

    It’s been a strong start for first-year coach Kenneth Sandoval and the Redbird sluggers, who’ve pitched well and figure to get even better with the return of several players from basketball.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 25, 2013

    Monday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Tuesday
    Sofball
    • LCC vs. Otero JC (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at Española Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Española
    Tennis
    • Robertson vs. Hope Christian, 3 p.m., Fulgenzi Complex
    Track and field
    • Memorial Middle School Invite, TBA, Cardinal Stadium

  • Dodge deal sparks outrage

    After months of playing nice, City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz took off the gloves Wednesday and traded verbal barbs over the apparent automatic extension of the city manager’s contract.

    The exchange occurred toward the end of a nearly three-hour City Council meeting when Gurule-Giron asked for the status of Timothy Dodge’s contract.

    Ortiz reminded the Council that he had previously informed them of his intent to recommend Dodge’s continued employment.

  • Lung cancer awareness - Her battle lost, family fights on

    Lung cancer may have taken the life of Annette Leger, but her mission to help others continues. Those who knew her best describe Leger as a loving woman of great passion, courage and humility — a woman who made it her mission to educate others even as cancer was ravaging her body.

    On Sunday, the bicycling event she founded in Albuquerque last year to bring attention to her battle will take place. It’s a testament to the fact that her mission to educate others lives on through the efforts of her family.