Today's News

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

    WELL DESERVED, AND A GOOD SIGN. New Mexico Highlands University employees who haven’t seen a pay raise since the fall of 2009 will get bonuses next month. On Monday, regents approved a proposal by President Jim Fries to give full-time employees who have been with the university prior to the first of this year a one-time $500 bonuses in April. Regular part-time employees will be given pro-rated bonuses.

  • Nuestra Historia

    By Jesus Lopez

    They remain among the most passionate and inspiring words penned by our founders in 1910, and they are virtually set in stone: “Children of Spanish descent shall never be denied the right of admission in the public schools, and shall never be classed in separate schools, but shall forever enjoy perfect equality.”

  • Valdez pins down state grappling title

    Though she’d already wrestled — and had her arm raised in victory — a number of times that day, Robertson’s Lorilee Valdez didn’t realize she had won a state championship until well after her last match.

    “It was pretty exciting when I found out,” she recalls. “I didn’t know I’d won until the medals were handed out.”

  • Cowgirls, Zias split

    In-state rivals New Mexico Highlands and Eastern New Mexico remained dead even in their season softball series after Wednesday’s doubleheader at Cowgirl Field.

    Eastern won the opener 6-4 in extra innings, but the Cowgirls pulled out a 7-6 verdict in game two.

    NMHU is 17-19 overall; ENMU, a non-league foe that plays in the Lone Star Conference, is 7-25.

  • Redbirds dismiss Capital

    Antonio Arguello and Estevan Montoya  combined for 11 strikeouts Tuesday, taking the claws out of the visiting Capital Jaguars in a 17-2 Robertson victory.

    “Our defense was much-improved today,” said Robertson head coach Tony Renon.

    Arguello held the Jags to one hit and struck out seven through three innings, and Montoya fanned four more in two innings of relief.

    Nate Archuleta was a sterling 3 for 3; Luke Aragon, Dalan Abreu and Ryan Tafoya each hit 3 of 4, with Tafoya drilling a triple.

  • Tennis teams in Reload mode

    Less than five years removed from his state championship swan song as a high school tennis hero, Roman Fulgenzi finds himself coaching his alma mater instead of playing.

    While there is plenty different about this year’s version of the Robertson tennis program, the ultimate goal remains the same.

  • Guerin 3-time Carlsbad champ

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson’s No. 1 girls’ singles player Juliana Guerin walked off with the gold medal at the Carlsbad Invitational for the third consecutive year on March 23.  

    Guerin has taken the top honors at this tournament since her eligibility in the eighth grade.  

    Eight teams participated including El Paso, Texas and many schools from around New Mexico.

    Guerin defeated Kalee Marrujo of Deming 6-2, 6-0  in the first round.

  • Mora routs Peñasco

    In a district softball doubleheader Tuesday in Mora, the host Rangerettes (4-2 overall, 2-0 4-2A) made quick work of Peñasco.

    Mora put both games away early via the 15-run rule. In the opener, the home team won 18-3 after three innings. In the nightcap, the rangerettes took a 26-11 shootout decided in four innings.

    Mora visits Pecos on Friday for another district twinbill.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 30, 2012

    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • West Las Vegas at Grants (DH), 3 p.m., Grants

    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson vs. Española Valley (DH), 11 a.m., MMS field
    • Vatos vs. Albuquerque, 2 p.m., Perkins Stadium

  • Go Fish - March 30, 2012

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