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Today's News

  • Daunting circumstances

    Ahhh, the ebbs and flows of party politics. Two years ago, when the Democrat Barack Obama was sworn in as president, he faced a tremendous federal deficit due to the excesses of his Republican predecessor. And now, with Republican Susana Martinez as New Mexico’s governor, she enters office on the heels of a Democrat who spent the state’s tax dollars as if there were no sign of a rainy-day tomorrow. Obama and Martinez, it seems, have something in common — they’ve inherited a fiscal mess.

  • Publisher’s Note: Enter a new year

    For six years, managing editor David Giuliani occupied this spot on this particular day. But now, dedicated readers of the Optic know, he’s gone. Off to a newspaper in Illinois, where I’m confident he’ll do well.

    Giuliani was the consummate journalist. During his time at the Optic, he reported on the good, bad and ugly of our community without hesitation. I’m convinced that this newspaper and our community is better because of his work and dedication.

  • Cowboys stun No. 8 GVSU

    Now the Highlands Cowboys can say they beat the Lakers.

    No, not those Lakers — but it is a huge win nonetheless.

    New Mexico Highlands  upset Grand Valley State (Mich.) 73-69 on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., as part of the Trip Sports Grand Canyon Classic.

    GVSU’s Lakers went into the game 9-2 and ranked eighth in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

  • Mustangs buck Cards in Stu final

    Sometimes Goliath wins.

    Bigger, stronger and every bit as quick and deadly from the perimeter, the West Mesa Mustangs (8-2) methodically galloped to victory Thursday night in the championship game of the 57th Stu Clark Tournament.

    The Class 5A Mustangs, who quickly built a double-digit lead, defeated Robertson 85-65 to win their first Stu Clark trophy. The moment was particularly sweet for West Mesa head coach Shonn Schroer, whose father Phil was head coach at Robertson back in 1983, when the Cardinals won the Stu.

  • Young to lead HU football

    New year, new Highlands football coach too.

    Eric Young has been hired as New Mexico Highlands University head football coach, the school’s athletic department announced on Thursday.

    Young most recently coached at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif. Young coached the Siskiyous Eagles for the past six seasons.

    "I'm excited to get started. This is a great opportunity to turn this program around and bring back the tradition of winning to NMHU football," Young said in a news release.

  • 2010: A look at the year’s top stories

    1 Over the last year, residents have clashed over how to regulate wind farms in San Miguel County, making it the Optic’s top story for 2010.

    The controversy brought out the issue of economic development.

    Many argued that opening the door to wind turbines would boost the area’s economy and increase tax revenue by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars every year.

    But others argued that turbines would adversely affect the area’s scenery, create constant noise for neighbors and kill wildlife.

  • Lady Cards 3rd in Goddard tourney

    Robertson came away with third place and a 2-1 record in this week’s Goddard tournament held in Roswell.

    Kassandra Tapia’s double-double performance of 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists fueled a 42-35 win over Santa Fe in Wednesday’s third-place game.

    Jamie Allen scored a dozen and grabbed eight boards for RHS. Shannen Lopez added 10 points.

    Allen and Tapia earned all-tourney selections.

  • RHS back in Stu final

    Having crowned its champion on Thursday night, the 57th Stu Clark Tournament is now a matter for history.

    (See the Optic’s Web site as well as this coming Monday’s print edition of the Optic for full details on day three, which unfolded after this issue went to press.)

    In Wednesday’s semifinals, Robertson endured a rugged clash against Bernalillo to reach the championship game for a second year in a row. West Las Vegas lost to bigger, faster West Mesa in the other semifinal.

    Wednesday highlights:

  • West girls bully Bernalillo by 18

    Not content with the perspective from the perimeter, Briana Montaño opted to get an up-close view of the basket on Wednesday night in West Las Vegas’ 62-44 romp over Bernalillo.

    Montaño got most of her points on hard-charging layups and scored 12 of her game-high 22 in the first half.

    Vanessa Lucero and Miranda Martinez added 10 points apiece as the No. 6 Lady Dons defeated the Class 4A Lady Spartans for the second time this season.

  • Year-end thumbs Our high country lowdown on 2010

    NO EASY ANSWERS. The year’s big story is, really, an old story, but with a new twist. An industry says it must impose certain standards on the community to succeed, and residents cry foul, saying the industry’s demands will have a negative impact on the their quality of life. The twist is, this time it’s a “clean” industry, seeking to convert wind into electricity, and residents are wanting more distance between their homes and the huge turbines that Invenergy wants to put on top of the Bernal Mesa.