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Today's News

  • Work of Art: That fourth-floor issue

    Like Banquo’s Ghost, “it will not down.” The Stapleton-Espinoza-Gov. Martinez brouhaha keeps appearing in the press and on TV. Since it seems everybody has had a turn, here’s mine:

    To review: Angry at KRQE’s Larry Barker for his investigative piece, the Albuquerque Democrat State Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, directed some of her umbrage at a Republican representative, Nora Espinoza, from the southern part of the state, accusing her of “carrying water for the Mexican on the fourth floor.”

  • NFL playoff field finally decided

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    The way the Green Bay Packers blew through the regular season, it would be foolish to pick against them repeating as Super Bowl champions.

    Yet they aren’t on the hottest streak nor playing the best football as January rolls around. And as the Steelers, Giants and, yes, the Packers have proven in recent years, being a wild card isn’t an overbearing burden, so don’t dismiss Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit or Atlanta entirely.

  • Stu: Jaguars back on top

    Robertson’s perimeter shooting prowess had spelled doom for Portales and Moriarty, but the hot shooting hands of the Cardinals went cold Friday night in a 55-42 loss to Capital in the championship game of the 58th annual Stu Clark Tournament.

    Robertson (6-3) shot 35 percent overall and made just one three-point basket in 13 attempts. Meanwhile, the Jaguars — ranked as high as second in Class 4A boys’ basketball — put together arguably their most complete game of the three-day tournament.

  • Mora girls go to 9-0

    It took the Mora Rangerettes one quarter this past Friday night to shake off the rust acquired during a two-week holiday break in the schedule.

    Then it was all Mora in a 60-21 blowout of  Escalante. It marked the third time in as many meetings with the Lady Lobos that the Rangerettes have won decisively.

    Escalante and Mora battled to a 13-13 tie through the first eight minutes.

  • Cowgirls sweep homestand

    Tanee Denson-Griffin posted a double-double Saturday night for the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team, and a couple of teammates almost joined her in that feat.

    Denson-Griffin had 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Cowgirls defeated Colorado Christian 68-61 to complete a sweep of a two-game homestand to end the calendar year.

    Denson-Griffin, a 5-9 senior guard, recently got her first action in Highlands purple and white after transferring from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

  • Oklahoma State nips Stanford in Fiesta thriller

    By John Marshall
    AP College Football Writer

    GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in their final collegiate game, leading No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 41-38 overtime win against Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

    The most anticipated postseason game outside of the BCS championship, the Fiesta Bowl was an impressive offensive show, two of the nation’s best teams trading big plays and scores.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 4, 2012

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. St. Michael’s (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls vs. Ruidoso (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Top stories of 2011

    It was, tragically, a year for deaths. Two worksite fatalities, at a city trench on the outskirts of town, took the lives of two city employees — Gene Hern and Frank Romero. And other well-known area residents lost their lives in multiple ways — Henry Sanchez to an apparent heart attack, Fabian Trujillo in a traffic accident, Sherry Anne Clancy in a brutal homicide, and Miranda Serna in a faraway plane crash.

  • Notable Quotables

    “If you want to have local people benefit from enhanced tourism and some of these activities, we have to help local people take advantage of that.” — Consultant Elmo Baca, in January, responding to the comment that people in Las Vegas don’t want to be another Santa Fe or Taos.

  • For New Mexico, 2011 was a year of extreme weather

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a year of extremes for New Mexico, with dramatic weather dominating the headlines from start to finish in 2011.

    The year began with a deep freeze that plunged the state into a subzero tundra for several days, leaving an estimated 32,000 homes and businesses without natural gas. The double whammy of record cold temperatures and the natural gas shortage cost insurance companies more than $55 million in claims.