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Today's News

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 31, 2014

    THUMBS UP! MAKING A MARK
    Congratulations to John Fernandez for winning the Corrido of the Year award at the New Mexico Hispano Music Association awards show earlier this month. At that same awards show, Robertson High School student Estrella Gutierrez was awarded Youth Song of the Year. And Mariachi Paisano del Valle took the top spot as Mariachi Song of the Year for the song “Quedamos Como Amigos,” sung by Benny S. Ortiz and RHS graduate Marissa Baca. It’s great to see these talented individuals being recognized.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 31, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Students leave building — HU put on trial

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    The scene was somber, the quiet overpowering. To a drum roll and bugle call, some 300 students marched silently out of Rodgers Hall at mid-morning on Thursday, May 28, 1970. The funereal atmosphere was marked by solemn music, accompanied by a lone flute, played by a young girl.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 31, 2014

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the need for Congress to fund a key tax program (Jan. 28, 2014):
    Here’s another example of a budget decision made far away and having a potential consequence to Fairbanks. Congress failed to include funding for the annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes program in the federal omnibus spending bill approved earlier this month.
    The program provided $742,500 to the Fairbanks North Star Borough in fiscal 2013. That’s an amount equal to just less than 1 percent of the property tax revenue raised that year.

  • Hanging on - Lady Dons edge Raton; Trujillo, Gonzales score in double figures

    Joedy Quintana milked 30 critical seconds off the clock and then — after drawing the inevitable foul — made one of two free throws to help West Las Vegas hang on in a 61-56 win over Raton on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Raton missed a final shot with :04 left, and West’s Celeste Trujillo grabbed the defensive rebound to finish the game.

  • National honor for McPherson

    Shanice McPherson, a New Mexico Highlands freshman, was named the NCAA Division II U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Female Track and Field Athlete of the Week this past Monday.

    McPherson hit the qualification marks for the NCAA Championships in a pair of events while scoring 18 points in helping New Mexico Highlands capture the 2014 Air Force Invitational team title over the weekend in Colorado Springs.

  • No. 9 WSC rolls Cowboys

    His mane of blond curls makes Elliot Copeland a dead ringer for the character Napoleon Dynamite.

    But Copeland is a much better wrestler.

    And that left New Mexico Highlands fans saying, “Gosh!” on Wednesday night.

    Copeland, ranked No. 3 among 174-pounders in NCAA Division II wrestling, won 9-2 against Highlands’ Easton Hargrave and helped the No. 9 rated Mountaineers spoil the Cowboys’ home debut at the Wilson Complex.

  • Cardinal Classic at Marr

    Twenty-six high school wrestling teams from across New Mexico are expected in town for this weekend’s annual Cardinal Classic, which has grown into one of the bigger, better and most eagerly anticipated grappling events on the calendar.

    Day one action begins around 11 a.m. Friday at Robertson’s Mike Marr Gym and continues into the evening. The first day will see wrestlers compete in pools; their performance in pools will be one factor in seeding for the tournament brackets the following day.

  • LV fitness challenge to begin; participants invited

    Once again, the City of Las Vegas is inviting its citizens to get in shape and shed unwanted pounds before springtime.

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center and Las Vegas Subway are co-sponsoring a six-week fitness challenge that offers participants multiple incentives and a prize for those who lose the most weight.

    The challenge runs from Feb. 2 through March 14, with an initial weigh-in period between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 at the center.

  • Super Bowl: Lynch, Manning key

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    Matchups for the Super Bowl on Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium:
    When the Seahawks (15-3) have the ball:

    Beast Mode. And big plays.

    That’s what got the Seahawks to the big game for the second time in eight years, although nobody is left from that team which lost to Pittsburgh.