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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 29, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A SPECTACULAR VICTORY
    Who would have thought that Robertson High School’s football team could have defeated St. Michael’s on the Horseman’s own field, no less? Early in the season the Horsemen embarrassed Robertson, defeating the team 50-0. But this past Saturday the Cardinals got their revenge, defeating the No. 1-ranked Horsemen 22-13. Great job Cards, and good luck in Taos this weekend.

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME MOISTURE

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 29, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Number of mills has dwindled

    By John Bartley

    For the Optic

    Back in the day there were several small sawmills in every canyon, village or community, such as Mora, Guadalupe, Ledoux, Monte Aplanado, Sapello Canyon/San Ignacio, Rociada, Maestas Canyon, Gascon, Chacon, Gallinas Canyon and Mineral Hill.

  • Nuestra Historia: The power behind the Donnelly presidency

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    By 1965 Tom Donnelly had been president of Highlands University 13 years, establishing an impressive record of achievement for the university, including unprecedented physical expansion and capital improvements. Almost without interruption, one building after another rose on the Highlands campus during Donnelly’s administration — as did a close-knit cadre of Donnelly underlings, who were the face of the university.

  • Stirring debut for Dons

    D.J. Bustos scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter, setting the tone early in West Las Vegas’ 61-38 boys’ basketball win over visiting Santa Fe Indian.

    It was the home opener for the Dons and new head coach David Bustos in his return to the home bench at Gillie Lopez Gym. Bustos previously led West deep into the state tournament.

    Santa Fe Indian looked like a team just starting its season, committing a slew of turnovers both forced and unforced.

  • Nationals qualifiers
  • Cards-Tigers in semifinal

    Only the Taos Tigers stand between Robertson and what would be a stunning return to the Class 3A state championship football game.

    Taos (11-1) hosts Robertson (7-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the state semifinals. In the weekend’s other semifinal, Ruidoso hosts Silver on Friday night in a matchup of the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.

  • MLB Hall ballots released

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

    Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 29, 2013

    Friday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) at Mora, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Saturday
    Wrestling
    • Memorial Middle School at Taos, 8 a.m., Taos

    Sunday
    No local sporting events scheduled
    Monday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS

  • Students present at meeting

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Six Highlands University geology students presented original research at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in late October in Denver.

    The six represented the largest group in Highlands’ history who have presented at the meeting. They joined more than 6,000 scientists from around the globe that attended GSA’s 125th annual meeting.