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Today's News

  • Villanova, Notre Dame take titles

    The Associated Press

    Villanova has its second national championship in three years after a 79-62 victory over Michigan on Monday night in San Antonio, Texas.

    The Wildcats went 31 years between their first title in 1985 and their second one two years ago in Houston. Coach Jay Wright and Villanova didn’t have to wait very long for another one.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 4-6

    WEDNESDAY (April 4)
    Baseball

    • Mora at Mesa Vista, 4 p.m., Ojo Caliente
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque tourney, TBA, Pojoaque
    • West Las Vegas JV at Hope Christian (DH), 3 p.m., Albuquerque
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at Hope Christian, 4 p.m., Albuquerque
    • Pecos vs.  Estancia (DH), 3 p.m., Pecos
    Track and field
    • West Las Vegas, Pecos at Santa Fe High Golden Spike, 3 p.m., Santa Fe

  • Defendant produces handcuff key in District Court

    A recent hearing was interrupted when San Miguel District Court discovered a defendant, who had been transported in from the San Miguel Detention Center, had a handcuff key among the items he brought with him. 

    Bernadino Baca, 38, and five other defendants were all part of a March 15 detention hearing in the courtroom of Judge Abigail Aragon, related to charges from a major Jan. 1 disturbance at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Child Poverty: Summit brings various leaders together

    Thursday morning, 130 people met in the Kluge Auditorium at United World College as attendees of the Tri-County Poverty Summit.

    They represented a varied spectrum of government officials, educators, community leaders, and others offering information about their services.

  • Expanding long-term care

    This year, an institution once called The Territorial Insane Asylum, turns 125 years old. It is now operating as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, and plans are under way for a May celebration, said Frances Tweed, executive director.

    In her position since 2016, Tweed, a career nurse, has worked in healthcare for more than 40 years. In 2003 she started as the director of Standards Compliance at NMBHI.

  • The Associate Press explains: Why Latinos and Spanish remain political issue

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An attack on 18-year-old Cuban-American and Parkland activist Emma González for not speaking Spanish by an Iowa Republican congressman’s campaign staff highlights the pressures U.S.-born Latinos face on language.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 1, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 21 and March 26, 2018:

    Joseph A. Montaño, Metro Court Warrant, Bernalillo / Las Vegas Municipal Court.

    Gabriel A. Romero, Metro Court Warrant, Bernalillo / Metro Court.

    Justin Perkins, Shoplifting, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Maria T. Vigil, Bench Warrant Arrest, Adult Probation.

  • Record number of students at GEAR UP Event

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A record number of approximately 900 middle and high school students from across the state visited the New Mexico Highlands campus Feb. 28 to get a head start on becoming college students.
    The students were on campus for a GEAR UP New Mexico college visit Highlands co-hosted. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

  • Easter and a man who lived long ago

    By Rick Kraft

    I think from time to time, “What if everybody in our community went to church on the same Sunday?” What would that be like? Every seat in every church could be filled and there could be people who would have to stand outside the sanctuaries or be turned away.

    It's Easter weekend. There will be more people in church today than any other Sunday the entire year. Nationally, church attendance will climb an average of 25% on this one day.

  • It’s about Wonder Woman — and me

    At some point during last Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes.
    The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, holding up a handmade sign: “I cannot stand by while innocent lives are lost. ­They had most likely seen Gal Gadot utter those very words as Wonder Woman in the 2017 film, and now they saw themselves in her. What a lift on such a somber day!