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Today's News

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    THE STAGE IS SET. Gov. Susana Martinez opened the legislative session with a call for bipartisanship. Then the very partisan Ben Lujan got re-elected Speaker of the House. The stage is set for a rough-and-tumble legislative session, not because our New Mexico officials are so emphatically loyal to party ideologies, because they’re not (at least compared to the national political arena), but because they have to figure out a way to offset a $400 million budget shortfall. Such a task is never easy.

  • To the Point: An expensive shellgame

    The outgoing State Higher Education leadership has proposed a plan — kind of — only eight years after a first term Richardson transition team said it was needed.

    The plan has been justifiably panned, but I think the fatal flaw for me is the large and obvious conflict of interest between the authors and those who should be the targets of the plan.

  • Cardinals take down Braves

    Getting out to a running start against a team famed for getting out to fast starts on opponents paid off Tuesday night for Robertson’s boys’ basketball team.

    The Cardinals jumped to an early advantage and led by as many as 25 points in beating Santa Fe Indian School 84-60 at Mike Marr Gym.

    It’s a potentially important non-district win for RHS and head coach David Bustos. Ernie Rodriguez’s Braves have been a top 10 team in Class 3A all season; they ranked seventh in Wednesday’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll.

  • Jets’ Ryan started at HU

    New Mexico Highlands University’s football program got a plug — kind of, sort of — in a national sports column this week.

    Rex Ryan, the not-so-soft-spoken head coach of the New York Jets, is the subject of a piece by ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski. The column focuses on Ryan’s humble start as defensive coordinator for NMHU under George Martinez in the late 1980s.

    Among those interviewed by Wojciechoswski are Martinez and onetime NMHU linebacker Mike Ulibarri, now head coach at West Las Vegas.

  • Rangers rollin’
  • RHS wrestlers make waves with 4th place in Classic

    Placing seven wrestlers in the top six — including four top-four medalists — the Robertson wrestling team earned one of its best-ever tournament finishes this past weekend at the Joe Vivian Classic at Albuquerque’s Cibola High School.

    “We took fourth as a team and that was huge,” said RHS head coach Richard Martinez. “Every wrestler had wins and contributed points.”

  • Sustainable home tour Saturday

    By Lloyd Goding
    For the Optic

    Sustainable Las Vegas will be holding their their Annual Sustainable Homes Tour (formerly Solar Homes Tour) on Saturday, Jan. 22. The goal for the tour is to show people real-life examples of utilizing solar energy, and “sustainability” more generally.  These examples range from very low- to higher-tech: drying clothes on clotheslines, growing plants, passive solar heating and cooling, active solar water heating, photovoltaic (solar electric) installations, rainwater catcheent, and water and energy efficiency.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 21, 2011

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Mora County Notebook: Commission gets update on Mora Complex

    The year started with two meetings. The first one on Tuesday, Jan. 4, was an organizational and community input meeting that was reported on in last week’s Optic besides electing officers and listening to public input they adopted the open meeting resolution which specified public notice requirements for meetings.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The adventures of grandma and Lem in Mexico

    Over the long haul, January really isn’t one of our best months in these parts. A recent travel section of the Albuquerque Journal brought back found memories of a change-of-scene trip I took a few years ago with my new just-graduated from college grandson, Lem.