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Today's News

  • Highlands making noise

    Four Cowboys tallied double-digit scoring totals and Mannie Cass’ double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds led the way despite a poor shooting performance Saturday night in New Mexico Highlands’ 91-83 defeat of Western State Colorado.

    The Cowboys, who also upended Colorado Mesa on the previous evening, have won three of the last four games, seven of the last nine, and are in the thick of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason hunt.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 18, 2013

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Santa Fe Indian, 4:30 p.m., Santa Fe

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Peñasco, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLVMS
    Softball

  • Rival NMHU, ENMU sluggers square off

    For most baseball teams, a 15-0 hole is pretty much the same as a grave.

    Maybe the New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys are The Walking Dead.

    Improbably, Highlands erased that deficit in the season debut against Eastern New Mexico on Friday afternoon at Brandt Park, going on to win 22-16.

    The Cowboys didn’t fare as well Saturday, however, losing a couple of close games by 5-2 and 6-5 margins. The instate rivals were to wrap the series on Sunday afternoon.

  • Fenton gives Lobos boost over Boise

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Senior reserve Jamal Fenton gave New Mexico just what it needed in the second half Saturday against Boise State with starting point guard Hugh Greenwood in foul trouble and struggling with his shot.
    Fenton scored all 11 of his points in the second half to help the No. 19 Lobos (22-4, 9-2 New Mexico) hold off the Broncos 60-50.
    Cameron Bairstow led the Lobos with 16 points and added seven rebounds, and Tony Snell finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

  • Drilling advocates take aim

    Powerful supporters of the oil and gas industry have taken off their gloves, mounting a multi-faceted offensive against cities and counties that have been stifling drilling activities.

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  • Rialto cited for liquor violations

    Two El Rialto Restaurant and Lounge employees are facing criminal charges for serving alcohol to minors, and the restaurant itself is also in hot water over the incident, according to documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court earlier this month.

    The cases stem from an undercover alcohol compliance operation executed by the state Department of Public Safety’s Special Investigations Division on the evening of Jan. 25.

    DPS agents sent a 20-year-old man into El Rialto to see if they’d serve him.

  • Moratorium on oil and gas extended

    San Miguel County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with extending their moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the county for eight more months.

    Commissioners voted to publish notice of the ordinance to extend the moratorium and to hold a public hearing on March 12, following which a vote will be taken to officially extend it.

    But because the moratorium that had been in place expired this week, the commission also imposed an emergency moratorium that will be in effect until the March 12 vote.

  • Matt Mason performance is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Rising country music star Matt Mason will perform in Las Vegas at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. The performance is presented by New Mexico Highlands University.

    Country Music Television honored Mason as the “Next Superstar” in country music in 2011.

    The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s national visibility and fan base soared when he toured the country with CMT.

    Also in 2011, the record label Warner Music Nashville signed Mason.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 15, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 6 and Feb. 11:

    Nicholas Baca, 27, bench warrant: failure to pay fines
    Steven Lujan, 22, failure to report
    Gary Coca, 40, positive UA
    Ron Hoogerhuis, 52, bench warrant: failure to pay fines
    Paul Sanchez, 47, driving on a suspended or revoked license
    Andrew Shafer, 21, Adult Probation Office warrant
    Gabriel Delgado, 35, resisting/evading an officer, failure to pay fines