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Today's News

  • Work of Art: An internal optometrist

    Is there a chance Americans just don’t read as much as they used to? And if they do, have their reading habits and choice of material changed significantly? And can we count the texting-pecking exchanges on iPhone keyboards as reading?
    I ask this question earnestly. At the moment I don’t have access to data to verify or contradict what I believe. In this case, I’m just asking.

    A Highlands professor I really respect, back in the days when we used to eat dinosaurs, Elmer Schooley, made a believer of me.

  • NBA season ‘in jeopardy’

    By Brian Mahoney
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK  — NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer Monday and began disbanding the union, likely jeopardizing the season.

    “We’re prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA,” union executive director Billy Hunter said. “That’s the best situation where players can get their due process.”

    And that’s a tragedy as far as NBA Commissioner David Stern is concerned.

  • Silver somewhat of a mystery

    So who are the Silver Colts?

    Robertson’s next opponent in the Class 3A football playoffs, Silver has established itself as a postseason regular in recent years. But because the Colts and Cardinals occupy opposite corners of the state, they don’t see one another very often. And their schedules are dotted with diverse opponents, making them virtual strangers to one another and making comparisons difficult.

  • RMAC teams in regionals

    Submitted to the Optic

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams received the top two seeds in the NCAA Football Super Regional Three, which was announced Monday evening from Indianapolis.

    Also moving on in the postseason are three RMAC volleyball teams.

    Twenty-four teams were selected to the NCAA Division II football tournament.

    The Super Regional Three consists of three conferences: RMAC, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

  • Three Vatos play for All-Stars

    Submitted to the Optic

    Three NMHU Vatos student-athletes were selected to play for the Eastern Rockies Rugby Union College All Star Team in the USA West Rugby Union All-Star Championships Nov. 5-6 in Kansas City, Kans.

    The Eastern Rockies All-Stars reached the finals before losing to the Heart of America All-Stars. The Texas All-Stars won the consolation.

    Vatos senior Estevan Martinez from Mora, junior Adrian McDuff from Dallas, and junior Jake Whiting from Los Angeles were highly applauded by Coach Micah Carter from Regis University in Denver.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 16, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Midwestern State, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Colorado College, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    Cross country
    • NMHU (Nicaise Kazingo) in NCAA Division II Nationals, 9 a.m., Spokane, Wash.
    Football

  • Remembering Smokin’ Joe

    By Dan Gelston and Tim Dahlberg
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA  — He beat Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, battled him nearly to the death in the Thrilla in Manila. Then Joe Frazier spent the rest of his life trying to fight his way out of Ali’s shadow.

    That was one fight Frazier never could win.

    He was once a heavyweight champion, and a great one at that. Ali would say as much after Frazier knocked him down in the 15th round en route to becoming the first man to beat Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971.

  • In Brief - National News - Nov. 16, 2011

    From The Associated Press
    Obama speaks with supporters
    KAPOLEI, Hawaii  — President Barack Obama is telling supporters everything they stand for and worked for in 2008 is on the line in his re-election bid.

    Obama is making time for domestic politics and the constant demand for cash amid a trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia. At a fundraiser, he said economic times remain tough but that he has delivered repeatedly on his promise of change and now needs another term.

  • Cantor says deficit deal likely

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON  — Sidestepping controversy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., declined to take sides Monday on a proposal for higher taxes backed by fellow Republicans on Congress’ supercommittee, yet expressed confidence the panel would agree on a deficit-reduction plan of at least $1.2 trillion by a Nov. 23 deadline.

  • Surviving the unimaginable

    Arissa Collins has learned to deal with the loss of her family over the last five years, but she still yearns for them, particularly when she’s celebrating a milestone in her life.

    “It is hard every day,” Collins said in a recent interview. “But you get used to living with it. Not having them for graduation, starting college and having my first baby was really hard.”