Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico trembled as territorial titans clashed

    Early territorial New Mexico saw the beginning of a collision which continues to this day, between a centuries-old social and cultural order, and the new American way. It would explode in an epic struggle between two priests, starting with the first elections for New Mexico’s territorial delegate to Congress.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 3, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Ex-director’s Jeep found
    ALBUQUERQUE — Sheriff’s deputies in northwest Arizona found a Jeep belonging to a woman who once ran the Farmington, N.M., tourism department and is suspected of embezzling thousands of dollars.

    KOB-TV reports the Mohave County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office found a woman’s body nearby, but they do not know if it is Debbie Dusenbery.

    A relative reported Dusenbery missing last weekend.

  • License dispute on hold

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A fight over whether to stop illegal immigrants from getting driver’s licenses in New Mexico is on hold temporarily while Democrats make a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez who wants to scrap the license policy.

    The House Judiciary Committee decided not to take a final vote on the issue late Wednesday night after spending more than four hours debating the politically charged issue.

  • Engineers create ‘self-guided’ bullet

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Figuring out how to pack a processor and other electronics into a machine gun bullet has been a challenge for engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, so weapons experts say the miniature guidance system the lab has developed is a breakthrough.

    Three years in the making, the bullet prototype represents another step toward a next-generation battlefield that scientists and experts expect to be saturated with technology and information.

  • District hoops play under way

    A new season — District 2-3A — has begun for local high school basketball teams, and as of Wednesday night, Robertson and West Las Vegas are both undefeated in girls’ hoops, at least within the district schedule.

    That will change Friday night, however, as the Lady Cardinals host their crosstown rivals at Mike Marr Gym.

  • Dons fall in Los Alamos

    In a final tuneup before the onset of the district schedule, West Las Vegas pushed Class 4A Los Alamos on the road before fading in the second half of a 65-41 loss on Tuesday evening.

    The Dons, who were led by forward Joe Ortiz (11 points), trailed just 25-19 at the break.

    But the Hilltoppers pulled away in the third period and led by 20 going into the final frame.

    Coach Ernie Rodriguez now gets his Dons ready for district games (Thursday at Raton, after this issue went to press, then Saturday against Robertson at Gillie Lopez Gym.)

  • Cards down Trojans

    Neither Robertson nor Wagon Mound may have been especially happy about the final score of their boys’ basketball game Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    For the visiting Trojans, the 70-56 loss was one of the few they’ve tasted all season. For the Cardinals, it may have been a bit closer than they’d have liked.

    Still, Wednesday could be considered win-win for both.

  • NMHU women leap to No. 11

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team are breathing rarified air these days, having jumped four spots to No. 11 in the NCAA Division II national rankings released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    It’s the highest in-season ranking in the program’s history.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Pats’ running back a former Highlands foe

    By Cliff Brunt
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Undersized and undrafted, Danny Woodhead had two things against him when he set out on his pro career. In less than four years, the diminutive star from Division II Chadron State has made it to the pinnacle of the NFL.

    The 5-foot-8, 195-pound running back — a onetime nemesis of New Mexico Highlands who racked up big numbers at Perkins Stadium — has been a steady contributor to New England’s Super Bowl season.

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Our pickers agree: The Patriots are gonna win!

    Since the NFL season kicked off in early September, dozens of our readers have participated faithfully in Optic Power Picks, predicting weekly winners of pro and select college football games.

    In an upcoming issue, we will present final standings for 2011-12, our fourth full season since we opened the picks to the public.

    For now, we present a sampling of the Optic Power Picks participants who favor New England in Sunday’s Super Bowl. (And on Page B3, we show those who say it’s going the other way.)