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Today's News

  • Sculptor designs belt buckle

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Nationally known sculptor Duke Sundt designed a commemorative belt buckle for the Highlands University President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars.

    The gala is a scholarship fundraiser that will also celebrate Highlands University President Jim Fries’ five-year anniversary.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 26, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Man held in grandson’s death
    SANTA FE — Deputies are holding an Española man in custody on suspicion that he was driving drunk when he lost control of his truck and it rolled, killing his 4-year-old grandson.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 39-year-old Mariano Pinon-Chavez rolled the truck on a dirt road in Española around 5 p.m. Saturday.

    His grandson was not in a seat belt and was killed.

  • Justice speaks out about DWI case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a decision by former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to fire a prison guard arrested for drunken driving, but the court’s longest serving member describes the outcome as “unjust” although legally correct.

    In an unusual display of personal views in a court ruling, Justice Patricio Serna wrote, “I cannot remain silent about something that matters and seems unfair to me.”

  • More bad judgment

    The saga of LeeEtte and Jay Quintana continues, only this time it’s taking place in Mora, where Mrs. Quintana now works as a principal. There, at Mora Elementary School, she brought her husband, an accused child  sex offender, on campus for an after-school activity. Not surprisingly, the backlash has been severe.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 26, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The root of all ...

    Money. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, because I don’t have enough of it.

    Oh, I know, you think I shouldn’t complain because I’m paid the big bucks to run the Optic. And, yes, I know I should be thankful for my seven-figure salary — I just wish those seven digits didn’t include the two to the right of the decimal point.

    Still, unlike a lot of people, I’m fortunate to have all the necessities of life.

  • Lady Dons take St. Mike’s title

    Marrisa Cordova and the West Las Vegas defense handcuffed tournament host St. Michael’s in Saturday afternoon’s championship game, staging a 9-1 victory in Santa Fe.

    Cordova was credited with nine strikeouts in the Lady Dons’ commanding effort against one of their primary softball rivals.

    West (7-3) opened strong and didn’t slow down, exploiting Lady Horsemen miscues en route to an 8-1 advantage through three innings of play.

  • Pecos’ Varela leads list of state qualifiers

    The high school track and field season is just a few weeks old, and Pecos senior Antonio Varela has already qualified for the New Mexico state championship meet.

    He’s not alone. A number of others, including several from the Las Vegas area, have also punched their tickets to May’s big competitions at Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium.

  • Cardinals edge Dons 8-7

    Mike Salazar caught Jose Juan Montaño’s potential game-tying or game-winning shot to shallow center field on Saturday afternoon, sealing an exciting 8-7 win for Robertson over West Las Vegas at the WLV diamond.

    The game brought a close to a two-day round-robin quadrangular hosted on both sides of Cinder Road.

    Robertson led since the first inning, when it took a 4-0 head start. But the Dons kept chipping away at the lead and had it down to a single run with two runners on and two out in the bottom of the seventh.

  • Cowboys fall in Pueblo

    The No. 18 New Mexico Highlands Cowboys (18-6, 11-4) crashed to earth over the weekend, dropping the first three games of a road series at Colorado State-Pueblo.

    CSUP won 8-4 on Friday and swept Saturday’s twinbill 10-3 and 7-0.

    Eric Maupin led the Cowboys offensively in game one, going 3 of 5 with a double;. Clay Mohr was 2 for 3 with a triple and one run batted in.

    In game two of the series, NMHU’s Kyle Davis hit a solo home run that would hold as the team’s lone extra-base hit.