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Today's News

  • Cowboys get first RMAC win

    Roman Andrade hit five three-pointers on his way to tallying 33 points Friday night as New Mexico Highlands picked up its first league victory, a 98-82 verdict against visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    Apparently eager to snap a two-game slide, the Cowboys (6-3 overall, 1-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) broke out to a 14-point halftime lead. The Mountain Lions (1-6, 1-1) rallied to play evenly with NMHU in the second half but never caught up; the closest second-half margin was seven points.

  • Editorial: County takes long view

    Often, the government is criticized for not planning ahead, so we should give officials credit when they take the long view.

    San Miguel County doesn’t have any requests for oil and gas drilling permits pending. Nonetheless, county commissioners have expressed an interest in updating what little is on the books regarding oil and gas regulation.

  • Cards third in Sandia tourney

    Enjoying the advantages of good depth and an improving offense, the Robertson boys’ basketball team punctuated its appearance in the Sandia Prep Invitational by beating Ruidoso 79-56 for third place in the eight-team bracket.

    The three-day tournament wrapped up Saturday in Albuquerque.

    In the third-place game, Robertson guard Larry Romero led four double-digit scorers by pumping in 16 points. Fabian Varela had 15, Justin Bustos added 14, and R.J. McNellis chipped in 10. Mike Martinez scored eight.

  • Letter: Criticism for anti-abortionists

    The answer to abortion is simple: No unplanned pregnancies. Yes, it is that simple.

    How do we eliminate unplanned pregnancies? By providing comprehensive sex education in our schools and readily accessible and freely available birth-control to all. That’s the solution.

    So why is abortion such a tumultuous controversy? This obvious and simple solution would eliminate the need for the majority of abortions.

  • Publisher's Note: Vote on year's top stories

    Every year about this time, we begin sifting through the year’s Optics to select the biggest local stories of the year. I’ve always enjoyed this year-end chore, but this time around we’re going to do it differently.

    This year, you get to be the judge.

    Today, on Page B7, you’ll find a master list, compiled by copy editor Art Trujillo, of the big local stories covered by the Optic in 2009. I ask that you go through this list and rank the top 10 stories of the year.

    The rules for participation are simple:

  • Editorial: Don't shoot messenger

    We’re glad to see Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, present his side of the story involving the hospital’s relationship with the union that was voted in a couple years ago, but we’re sorry to see him fall into the trap of “blaming the messenger” for some of his troubles.

  • Guard, local agencies hold hazmat drill

    A unit of the New Mexico National Guard last week held an exercise with local agencies to prepare for the possibility of a hazardous materials incident.

    The 64th Civil Support Team from Rio Rancho supports state and local authorities for manmade and natural disasters and incidents involving weapons of mass destruction and hazardous materials.

  • Luna focuses on trade programs

    Luna Community College is aiming to get accreditation for many of its vocational programs.

    The school is developing courses to achieve accreditation for its automotive, culinary arts, commercial driver’s license and electricity journeyman programs.

    The cosmetology program already has its accreditation through the New Mexico Cosmetology Board.

  • Officials: Alta Vista stopped new admissions for a short time

    A month ago, Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its doors for a short time to any new admissions, its top official said this week.

    Richard Grogan, Alta Vista’s CEO, told the San Miguel County Commission that a lot of people were sick locally and many of the hospital’s employees were calling in sick. He said he closed the hospital to new admissions “until we got to more comfortable levels.”

    He said the hospital would have arranged transportation of sick people to other hospitals.

  • HU teams eye rebound at home

    New Mexico Highlands basketball teams hope a little holiday season home cooking will leave a pleasant taste in their mouths this weekend when league rival Colorado-Colorado Springs comes to town.

    The Cowboys (5-3) and Cowgirls (3-2) are looking to rebound from their first back-to-back losses of the season after being swept on the rugged Nebraska road trip last weekend in Kearney and Chadron.