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Today's News

  • Gators, Shockers top poll again; Lobos 20th

    The Associated Press

    Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third straight week.

    The Gators (29-2), who received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday, open play in the SEC tournament Friday.

  • Cowboys rally from 10-2 hole

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    With the Cowboys facing a 10-2 deficit, who knew they had the ThunderWolves right where they would want them?

    The New Mexico Highlands baseball team (7-10, 4-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) scored 10 of the last 11 runs of the ball game to complete the comeback and stun Colorado State-Pueblo (7-9, 3-3 RMAC) 12-11 Sunday afternoon to complete the series split.

  • Junior Cardinal Classic champs announced

    Dozens of area youngsters participated in the recent Junior Cardinal Classic wrestling camp and tournaments hosted by the Robertson High wrestling program at McFarland Hall.

    RHS head coach Richard Martinez said he is thankful to the community for its support, including the young grapplers’ participation and the work of the event’s volunteers and sponsors.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 12, 2014

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Class 3A boys’ state tournament: West Las Vegas vs. Ruidoso, 8:15 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    • Class B boys’ state tournament: Wagon Mound vs. Evangel Christian Academy, 8 a.m., Bernalillo High School
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Otero (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Class 2A girls’ state semifinal: Mora-Hatch winner vs. Tularosa-Ramah winner, 9:45 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center

  • Candidates to file on Tuesday

    We already had one election last week, but election season is just getting started.

    Tuesday is filing day for those wanting to run for countywide and statewide offices, and several individuals have already announced that they are planning to run.

    Those wanting to run for county positions or for the local magistrate judge posts must file with the San Miguel County Clerk between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Those wanting to run for positions that cover more than one county must file with the secretary of state’s office in Santa Fe.

  • Competition set for May - Robotics fascinate West students

    A pint-sized robot creeps across the floor, its wheels whirring noisily as it turns to navigate a path.

    Nearby, a couple of middle-schoolers watch intently, one of them chuckling.

    “What could you do to make it go faster?” asks an instructor.

    The student examines his machine, furrowing his brow slightly.

    Then it dawns on him — a slight modification to reduce resistance to the robot’s movement. There’s almost a grin, but this is, after all, serious business.

  • Gov to visit Las Vegas

    As promised, Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Las Vegas Tuesday to sign the capital outlay bill that sets aside $10 million for the city of Las Vegas’s Bradner Dam expansion project.

    The signing is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Plaza Park gazebo. However, in the event of inclement weather, the signing will be moved to the Council chambers at City Hall, 1700 North Grand Avenue.

  • Storms bring little drought relief

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A drought across New Mexico will like persist despite a spate of recent snow and rain.

    The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report indicates a few inches of snow that fell in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains last weekend still aren’t bringing the state’s water levels close to where they need to be, the New Mexican reported.

  • In Brief - Las Vegas - March 10, 2014

    City Schools seeking chief

    The Las Vegas City Schools district has begun to advertise for a new superintendent.
    Prospective applicants have until March 28 to apply for the job, according to a classified display ad placed in the Optic.
    Applications for the position are available online at www.cybercardinal.com
    The east-side district is currently being run by interim superintendent Lydia Flores.

  • Looking Back - March 10, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, March 9 — Father James T. Burke, 40, has been named pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in West Las Vegas, succeeding Msgr. H.C. Lomme, who served the parish for many years. Msgr. Lomme has taken an extended leave of absence for medical help. His present plans are not quite fixed, according to Fr. Burke. He left Las Vegas Saturday.