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Today's News

  • Award winners - Wagon Mound school custodians recognized

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Wagon Mound Public Schools custodians were recognized individually for maintaining their work orders, reports, schedule of inspections, and keeping their schools in clean and safe conditions. Each received a golden plaque that reads, “Your resourcefulness and dedication to the students and staff have yielded improved facilities and an enhanced learning environment.”

  • Wrong-way drivers

    Who can forget the Nov. 11, 2006, Interstate 25 crash in which wrong-way driver Dana Papst plowed head-on with a minivan carrying a Las Vegas family?

    Killed in that horrific crash just east of Santa Fe were Paul Gonzales, 36, his wife, Renee Collins Gonzales, 39, along with their daughters Jacquelynn Renee Gonzales, 11, and Selena Gonzales, 10, and Paul Gonzales’ 17-year-old stepdaughter Alisha Rae Garcia.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 8, 2014
  • Work of Art — A numismatist — and proud of it

    You may call me a numismatist or a numismatic. But before you start inquiring as to how it feels, or whether I need to register as a numismatist for life or how many times I’ve had to change my residence because of its proximity to a school or church, or whether there’s a cure for this affliction, let me explain that what I am is fairly innocuous.

  • Breakdown
  • Rangerettes nab threepeat

    For the third time in as many seasons, the Mora Rangerettes are Northern Rio Grande Tournament champions.

    That’s a matter for historical perspective. For the here and now, it’s worth noting that the tournament victory represented Win No. 9, as in a 9-0 start to the season.

    “Our success has been due to good team play,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “All the girls are contributing with defense and rebounding.”

  • Cowboy grapplers beat ranked WBU

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Highlands wrestling team (1-0) overcame a pair of six-point deficits to knock off NAIA No. 14 Wayland Baptist 32-18 Sunday afternoon at La Cueva High School.

    With NMHU trailing 18-15, senior 184-pounder Igor Gomzin (5-6) started a strong finish to the meet for the Cowboys.
    After a pair of takedowns, Gozmin stuck his opponent in only 2:22 to put Highlands in the lead for good.

  • Bustos gets a start in win

    Justin Bustos connected on two timely 3-point baskets in his first career start Saturday night, helping New Mexico Highlands outlast Regis 75-73 at the Wilson Complex.

    Bustos, who starred at Robertson High, is playing his first season with the Cowboys after redshirting in 2012-13. He’d scored in a couple of previous games for NMHU but made his first start Saturday and logged a season-high 24 minutes.

  • Cowgirls’ rally comes up just short

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Highlands fell behind as much as 18 in the contest before cutting the deficit to one in the second half, but Regis went 10 for 11 from the charity stripe over the final three minutes as the Cowgirls (5-6, 2-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) fell to the Rangers (6-5, 4-3) by an 80-73 count Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

  • Late touchdown lifts Seminoles to BCS title

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    PASADENA, Calif. — Jameis Winston and Florida State faced down adversity for the first time this season, and showed they could take a punch if that’s what it took to win a national championship.

    The Heisman Trophy winner threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the BCS championship game on Monday night.

    “There’s a lot of heart and guts down in Tallahassee, too,” coach Jimbo Fisher said.