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Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: The blame game

    “Some folks hate the whites who hate the blacks who hate the klan; most of us hate anything we don’t understand.”

    — from Kris Kristofferson’s 1972 song “Jesus Was A Capricorn”

    On the far right, the Tea Party has tapped a vein of discontentment by blaming the government for all our problems. And on the far left, the Occupy Wall Street forces have laid the blame at the feet of the big corporations and their greed.

  • Redbirds trample Portales

    Robertson High football was a fixture in the Class 3A state playoffs through much of the 2000s, owing its sustained success largely to an exploitative defense and a run-happy approach that more often than not left defenders gasping for air by game’s end.

    Those same traits were again evident Saturday as the Cardinals eliminated Portales in the first round of state, 31-7. The Redbirds move on to the quarterfinals and a trip to No. 2 seed Silver this coming weekend.

  • Early exits for WLV, Mora

    RIO RANCHO — One and done, both West Las Vegas and Mora were eliminated in the first round of the state volleyball tournaments on Thursday night.

    West Las Vegas shook off the bad vibes from pool play to win its opening set against Hatch Valley 25-17. But the Bears rebounded with a commanding 25-13 win in game two, and they held on for close verdicts in games three and four, 25-19 and 25-21.

  • Unlucky 7th for Cowboys

    Saturday’s regular-season finale between host New Mexico Highlands and Fort Lewis was a thing of beauty — if low-scoring, defensive football is your thing. And if you happen to favor the underdog in a matchup of underdogs.

    Fort Lewis overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit by scoring the game’s lone touchdown in the third quarter and held on for a 6-3 verdict before an announced crowd of 573 at Perkins Stadium.

  • Cowgirls ousted from tourney

    The New Mexico Highlands volleyball team finished out its most successful season since 2005 with a loss to Western New Mexico University in the first round of the RMAC Playoffs this past week.

    The Cowgirls fell in three (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) to the RMAC West leader, who advanced to take on Metro State.

    Highlands was led by Ashley Nugent who compiled 11 kills on 24 attempts, hitting .375. Sheila Olaechea had 18 digs and an ace.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 14, 2011

    MONDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    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

  • County revamps districts

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a redistricting plan that radically changes the boundaries of commission districts.

    In the end, commissioners voted to adopt Plan A, which splits the Valley between two districts and dramatically expands District 4, currently represented by Commission chairman David Salazar.

  • 5 years later and still hurting

    Editor’s note: Coming Monday, Arissa Collins discusses what her life has been like since her family was killed.

    The hurt of losing five family members half a decade ago still lingers, but life has gone on for Arissa Collins and for other members of the Collins and the Gonzales families.

    Collins recently became a mom. Ray and Cathy Collins have welcomed several new grandsons. Ralph and Maxine Gonzales have since closed their family business.

    They have all survived, sometimes moment by moment, sometimes day by day.

  • Two jailed for attack

    State police arrested two men after they attacked another man with a posthole digger at a car wash last Friday, according to court documents.

    Cruz Gallegos, 19, who lives on Highway 65 in Montezuma, and Marcos Ruiz, 32, who lives on the 200 block of San Miguel in Las Vegas, were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    Gallegos is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, burglary of a vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and battery, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Local Briefs - Nov. 11, 2011

    Optic Staff
    Local EMT caught in Albuquerque sex sting
    A man who worked for Superior Ambulance in Las Vegas for six months was fired after police busted him in an online sex sting, KOAT-TV is reporting.

    Citing the Albuquerque Police Department, the station is reporting that Christopher White was planning to pay teens for sex until he fell for an officer’s trap.