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Today's News

  • Cards take two in OT

    Clutch performance is becoming a strength for the Robertson boys’ basketball team.

    Flying under the radar most of this season of rebuilding, the Cardinals have quietly built a modest win streak thanks to riveting back-to-back overtime wins. The Cardinals defeated Mora 79-73 on the road Tuesday night to follow up on a 76-71 OT triumph over Penasco on Saturday afternoon at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Pro Bowl goes fantasy

    By Oskar Garcia
    The Associated Press

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii — NFL great Deion Sanders took quarterback Andrew Luck and Cam Newton with his first skill position picks in the Pro Bowl draft Wednesday, moving for passers early before focusing on defense in building a team for one win.

    Jerry Rice took New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham then Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy with his first two picks, giving active player captain Drew Brees his top target early to go along with two Saints offensive linemen picked Tuesday.

  • Cowgirls move to .500, rout Eagles

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The Cowgirls led from the start for the fourth time on the season as New Mexico Highlands (8-8) knocked off Northern New Mexico (5-13) 86-62 Tuesday night at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls scored the first five points of the game and never led by less than three the rest of the way. Off an offensive rebound, senior Alyssa Lopez buried a triple 1:31 into the game. Off another miss from beyond the arc by Lopez, senior China Smith grabbed the offensive board and found junior Jenny Johnson underneath the hoop.

  • Busy week under way for HU wrestlers

    By Vincent Nolasco
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy wrestling team (3-1, 1-1 conference) starts its second week of duals matches in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and will be on the road this week.

    The Cowboys’ first dual was scheduled against the Grizzlies of Adams State University (1-2, in the RMAC and 3-3 overall) on Thursday in Alamosa, Colo. The second dual is against the Mavericks of Colorado Mesa University (0-0, in the RMAC and 5-3 overall) at 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Junction, Colo.

  • NFL readies for chilly Bowl

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  — The NFL and personnel at MetLife Stadium had a Super Bowl pop quiz on snow removal less than two weeks before the title game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

    The league and stadium officials decided to use a winter storm that dumped a foot or more of snow in the New York City metropolitan area Tuesday as somewhat of a dress rehearsal to see how quickly they could clean the 80,000-seat facility that will hold the first outdoor Super Bowl in cold weather.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 24, 2014

    Wednesday
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Air Force, TBA, Colorado Springs
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Adams State, 7 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Raton, 5:30 p.m., Raton
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Western New Mexico, 2 and 4 p.m., Silver City

  • Mora hit with 2nd lawsuit

    A Houston company has filed suit against Mora county and its three commissioners, alleging that the community rights ordinance adopted by the county last April violates the constitution and should be struck down.

    The ordinance seeks to prohibit corporations from engaging in any oil and gas extraction in the county.

  • Public’s feedback welcomed - ‘Douglas Square’ on display

    Submitted to the Optic

    A scale model of a proposed “Douglas Square” downtown project is on display at Charlie’s Spic and Span Bakery and Restaurant for one month.

    MainStreet de Las Vegas is applying for state funding for Phase 1 of Douglas Square. Comment cards are available for the community to share their opinion and comments to help shape the final plan for this important downtown space.

  • Firefighters respond to two blazes

    City fire crews and members of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department were busy responding to two separate fires late Monday and early Tuesday.

    The first blaze broke out in a vacant building on Commerce Street, beneath the overpass. Crews were dispatched to that scene a little after 7 p.m. Monday.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the building had pretty much been gutted prior to the fire, although there was debris inside the structure that burned.

    Mares said that fire appears to have been started by homeless people trying to stay warn.

  • State ranks last in child well-being

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As the state Legislature begins its 30-day budget session, advocates are going to be pushing hard to improve the well-being of New Mexico’s children through a series of education initiatives and other efforts aimed at pulling families out of poverty.

    New Mexico Voices for Children is releasing its annual Kids Count in New Mexico report at the state Capitol on Tuesday in hopes of getting the attention of lawmakers.