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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 26, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I Want to Help!” by Diane Adams. Free and open to the public.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    ‘Entry Pass’ waiting list low
    ALBUQUERQUE — Hundreds of airline passengers are stopping in Albuquerque to pick up pre-approved clearance passes aimed at helping international travelers quickly move through customs.
    KOAT-TV reports that travelers are drawing Albuquerque International Sunport Airport because there isn’t a long waiting list to get a “Global Entry Pass” like at other airports.

  • Officials: Leak no threat

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Officials investigating a leak from the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

    More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting to ask questions about back-to-back accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository.

  • Police: Man shot during beating

    The Associated Press

    ALAMOGORDO — A New Mexico man is facing charges after Alamogordo police say he fatally shot another man who was beating his girlfriend.

    Albert Witehead, 21, was charged Monday with an open count of murder in the death of Eric Gillock, 36, of Hurst, Texas, the Alamogordo Daily News reports.

    Authorities say Whitehead saw Gillock beating his girlfriend outside an Alamogordo home late Sunday, grabbed a .22 rifle and ordered Gillock to stop hurting the woman.

  • Protecting children

    We’re baffled by the state Legislature’s failure to enact a law that makes it clear that each and every one of us is responsible for reporting child abuse if we’re aware of it.

    Given the recent high-profile child abuse cases that have dominated television newscasts in recent months, we would have though that closing this legal loophole would have been high up on lawmakers’ list of priorities. Sadly, it took a back seat to other matters, and the most vulnerable children in our state may end up paying the price.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 26, 2014
  • Work of Art - Bigotry of low expectations

    Admittedly it’s been more than a decade since I’ve been inside a public school classroom — not as a guest or guest speaker — but as the holder of the grade book.

  • 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.