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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 14, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! END OF AN ERA
    After more than a century in business, Parisian Cleaners is closing its doors for good, and that’s sad news for our community. Owner Charlie Vigil, who began working at the dry-cleaning business 62 years ago, says he has been losing roughly $1,000 a month for the last six months. Besides, he’s 84 years old and says it’s time for him to retire. We hate to see the business close, but there’s no question that Mr. Vigil deserves to rest now.

    THUMBS UP! A LIFE WELL LIVED

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 14, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Court rules for regents, but Graham pulls out

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The Optic’s banner headline on July 23, 1970, was “Highlands Board of Regents Vindicated,” followed by an AP wire story reporting that Supreme Court Justice Paul Tackett had dismissed the civil action brought against the regents by District Attorney Tiny Martinez, for their hiring of Charles Graham as university president.

  • Editorial Roundup - Feb. 14, 2014

    The (Freeport) Journal-Standard on investing in education early and seeing the rewards (Feb. 10):
    Early education is an investment in the future, an investment that has been shown to reap dividends by study after study.

  • Wolves handle Cowboys 32-3

    Igor Gomzin’s last wrestling match at the Wilson Complex ended with the Russian’s arm raised in victory.

    Gomzin was the lone grappler from host New Mexico Highlands to break through Wednesday night in a 32-3 dual-meet loss to Colorado State-Pueblo.

    In the 184-pound weight class, with the meet’s outcome not in doubt, Gomzin carved out a 6-2 decision against Augie DeSantis.

  • WLV, Taos to square off for title

    West Las Vegas got so far in front of Raton in such a short time on Wednesday night, it was like the Dons were speedskating on an ice track in Sochi rather than simply trotting up and down the hardwood of Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons (16-6 overall, 6-0 District 2-3A) scored the first 16 points of the evening and retained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way in an 86-31 romp.

  • Next stop: District
  • Mora teams get spark

    The Mora Rangerettes are closing in on another 20-win season.

    Their latest triumph came Tuesday, a 56-15 rout of district rival Monte del Sol that boosted Mora’s overall record to 18-3 under head coach Mark Cassidy, who recently passed the 300-win mark for his career.

    Brianna Pacheco and Destiny Pacheco scored 16 points apiece, and Gerty Herrera had 11 in the win.

    Monte del Sol dropped to 9-10.

    Last week, the Rangerettes blasted Pecos 68-29 to stay unbeaten in district play.

  • Boise State snaps Lobo win streak

    The Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho  — Derrick Marks hit two free throws with 13.4 seconds left to lift Boise State to a 71-70 victory over New Mexico Wednesday.

    Anthony Drmic scored 18 points and Thomas Bropleh scored all of his 14 in the second half for the Broncos (16-9, 6-6 Mountain West). Ryan Watkins added 12 points and Marks had 11.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 14, 2014

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Western Oklahoma (DH), noon, Altus, Okla.
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m., Portales
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado Mesa, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C), vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., TBA
    Softball