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Today's News

  • Rangers reap recognition

    Three Mora Ranger boys’ basketball players recently brought home medals recognizing both on- and off-court accomplishment.

    Tyler Martinez was named to the all-tournament team of the 62nd annual Northern Rio Grande Tournament hosted by Pojoaque Valley High School in Jacona. The Rangers, coached by Hank Laumbach, finished sixth in the tournament.

    Additionally, Leo Paul Pacheco was among those honored for outstanding sportsmanship qualities, and Joshua D. Garcia was saluted for his academic work.

  • Letter: Anonymous comments cowardly

    This is my second letter to the Optic regarding (online reader comments) about Phil Warfield (Re: front-page story on Jan. 29). The first was Jan. 30 sent by the Postal Service and today, Feb. 2, sent by e-mail.

  • Editorial: Equality, not sameness

    A disturbing proposal came before the Farmington City Commission last week, and after reading about it in an Associated Press report, our first thought was that some sort of white supremacy group had infiltrated that city. Our knee-jerk reaction was that it only goes to show just how far we have to go to achieve equality in our nation. But our second thought was that perhaps this little news item is a good opportunity to reflect on just what equality is, and how it’s achieved.

  • One step back, one step forward

    Maybe games on back-to-back days isn’t such a bad idea, at least not when the first one doesn’t go your way.

    On Saturday, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons picked up some quick redemption, ending a two-game slide in the District 2-3A schedule with a 48-35 victory over crosstown rival Robertson at Mike Marr Gym.

  • A dream wedding?

    Sometimes dreams do come true, especially as Joe Cocker once sang in his song, “With the help of my friends.”

    Until 6 p.m. Friday, Las Vegans can help a favorite son realize his dream marriage with a click of their mouses.

    For the last three years, a statewide contest has offered a lucky New Mexico couple a $50,000 wedding that includes wedding attire, the ceremony and the reception at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort near Albuquerque, and a seven-day honeymoon in Paris.

  • Official: Highlands is 'not an island'

    Highlands University officials are reviewing a master plan that proposes closing eastbound traffic on National Avenue, among other recommendations.

    The plan also includes the proposed $18 million student union center.

    Studio Southwest Architect Shary Adams said the center would have a theater, a ballroom, a book store, a cafe, rooftop gardens, governance chambers, and a two-tiered cafeteria.

    It will also have a skywalk from the student center to Donnelly Library.

  • As It Is: A collective yawn

    What is the public’s reaction so far to the March 2 municipal election?

    Likely a big yawn.

    Unlike previous elections, this one has generated little interest. That’s probably because there is only one name on the ballot for the races for mayor and municipal judge. Sure, the mayoral race has attracted two write-in candidates, but a successful write-in candidate is as common as a die-hard Republican on Montezuma Street.

  • Letter: Be informed, vote for Pecos bond

    It’s time once again for the communities whose children are educated by the Pecos Independent Schools District to answer the call and support the education of our children and vote in favor of the bond initiative this March. The need and the importance of passing this initiative cannot be overstated.  

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Mora Community Academy of Social, Science and Math program would like to express its gratitude to all the supporters who have donated monetary resources. The academy is developed for the Mora Independent Schools Elementary students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.  It is a program designed to introduce children to math and science in an interesting, fun and hands-on approach. Our goal is to pique young students’ interests by exposing them to the vast fields in science and math.

  • Weekend Roundup: Cowboys, Cowgirls win at home

    Robertson alumnus Justin “Mayo” Montoya scored 12 points in 17 minutes Saturday, becoming one of six Cowboys in double figures for a 103-88 men’s basketball rout of Western New Mexico.

    Highlands (14-7, 8-5 RMAC) has won five in a row.

    Other Cowboys in doubles: Kelvin Franklin (16), Chop Tang and Mindaugas Markevicius (13 each), Chris Dunn (12) and Roman Andrade (10).

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    Jessica Armijo’s only point of the evening wound up a game-winner Saturday as NMHU’s women held on to beat WNMU 76-75.