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Today's News

  • Grapplers’ delight - Montoya, Yara win titles to lead RHS to fifth place in Cardinal Classic

    Host Robertson High landed just two wrestlers in the coveted Gold bracket finals of its own tournament over the weekend, but the Cardinals went two for two and solidified its hold on fifth place.

    Rico Montoya extended his string of tournament championships — a run that dates back to last season — by pinning Capital’s Gilbert Mancha to win the Cardinal Classic’s 132-pound division on Saturday afternoon.

  • Cowboy wrestlers KO OKC

    NMHU Sports Information

    Key decisions at weight classes 165 to 184 proved to be the difference in propelling the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team (4-4) to a 22-15 win over Oklahoma City (6-9) Friday afternoon at Robertson High’s Mike Marr Gym.

    The dual was held as a special feature during Robertson’s annual Cardinal Classic tournament.

  • Manning MVP

    NEW YORK — Peyton Manning’s record-setting season earned him The Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night in a landslide. No other player has won more than three.

    Denver’s record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC’s best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 3, 2014

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Raton, 4 p.m., WLVMS

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Socorro, 4 p.m., Socorro
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Valley
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • LCC vs. Otero (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona
    Softball

  • Plaintiff picked as new regent

    If court filings are any indication, there’s no love lost between Highlands University officials and the man chosen by Gov. Susana Martinez to be the university’s newest regent.

  • Illness claims El Rialto owner

    The doors of El Rialto Restaurant and Lounge remained open on Thursday, but a void was evident.

    Frances Garcia, who owned and operated the restaurant with her husband, Ralph, died early Thursday morning following a lengthy illness. She was 64.

    “My mom cared a lot about others,” said Abe Garcia during a telephone interview Thursday morning. “She was always concerned about you rather than her own wellbeing.”

  • Senior profile - Clyde and Jane Lopez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Clyde and Jane (Angel) Lopez have lived a full and multi-faceted life, each in his/her own way, and together as a couple. They enjoy their life at their home in the Vista Bonita Estates at Storrie Project.

  • Gov wants more money for schools

    While holding up a textbook from 1983, Gov. Susana Martinez made her case that more money is needed for classroom educational materials.

    Martinez visited Legion Park Elementary on Wednesday afternoon to promote her proposed education budget.

    “I asked for $30 million in books and the Legislature is only wanting to give me $21 (million),” Martinez said.
    Martinez added that her proposal is part of her education reform plan. She said it is unacceptable for children to be learning from very old books.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 31, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27:

    Patricia Casados, 55, seven-day commitment
    Gabriel Romero, 57, two-day commitment
    Larry Lujan, 33, failure to comply with conditions  
    Angel Gutierrez, 31, tampering with UA
    Steven Lujan, 23, contempt of court

  • Farm bill includes payments to rural counties

    By Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

    More than three-quarters of the money went to 12 Western states, with the largest shares going to California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.