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Today's News

  • MONDAY UPDATE: Turmoil at RHS

    In recent times, the Robertson High School football team has become accustomed to winning.

    This year, the Cardinals are facing a scandal that is serving as an earth-shaking distraction — alleged hazing that has prompted a state police investigation.

    When the Robertson High School football team comes out for practice today, it’ll have new coaches — at least for the time being.

  • MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: RHS reeling after alleged football camp hazing

    When the Robertson High School football team comes out for practice Monday, it'll have new coaches — at least for the time being.

    Richard Martinez, a longtime wrestling and middle school football coach for the district, will be taking over as interim head coach, while Pat Garcia, another coach for the district, will assist Martinez, officials said.

  • Fries: Highlands fiscally sound

    New Mexico Highlands University is fiscally sound and is continuing to grow, a top school official said last week.

    “This university is such a rich multicultural mix of people and experiences,” said President Jim Fries at the annual faculty and staff breakfast. “There is a sense of revitalization and stability on campus that is exciting and bodes well for our university’s future.”

    During his talk, Fries gave some highlights for Highlands in the last year and a half:

  • Mayor sets out agenda

    Mayor Tony Marquez on Thursday called the first five months of his time at the helm a “turning point” and vowed to govern with citizen input.

    He spoke during what the city billed as the State of the City address, the first such speech in memory. More than 200, including many local dignitaries, attended the event at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • KFUN's Baca: I won lottery

    This morning, KFUN radio station owner Joseph Baca was reading various items from the community bulletin for his listeners.

    But he was holding back on especially good news in his life: He told the Optic that he won $1 million in the Powerball.

    The 61-year-old said he was planning on claiming the prize today at the New Mexico Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque. New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin said her agency doesn’t make an announcement until it’s presented with a ticket.

  • San Miguel County to keep Safe Ride after all

    The Safe Ride program has taken quite a ride over the last few days.

    Late last week, County Manager Les Montoya put on hold the service that provides free rides homes from bars. He held out the possibility that the program may come back pending further review.

    This week, as it turns out, he decided to revive the program, which operates from Thursday through Saturday nights.

    Both decisions were the result of input from members of the County Commission, Montoya said.

  • Highlands gets grant for water testing

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University received an $82,529 National Science Foundation Grant that will enable natural sciences students and faculty to use in-house instrumentation to conduct water quality research and analysis.

    One instrument is for field use in streams and lakes and measures real-time water quality parameters like temperature, conductivity, pH and dissolved oxygen.

  • SATURDAY UPDATE: New coaches at RHS — for now

    When the Robertson High School football team comes out for practice Monday, it'll have new coaches — at least for the time being.

    Richard Martinez, a longtime wrestling and middle school football coach for the district, will be taking over as interim head coach, while Pat Garcia, another coach for the district, will assist Martinez, officials said.

  • Area sophomores gear up

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    More than 100 high school sophomores from Espaola, Pojoaque and Santa Fe attended a GEAR UP for College Camp at New Mexico Highlands University July 28-30.

    GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Highlands’ 10-year-old GEAR UP works to increase high school graduation rates and enrollment in college. Students are enrolled in the program from seventh grade through high school. Highlands has GEAR UP offices on the Highland’s campus and in Espaola.

  • Baby girl is attacked by dog

    A 20-month-old baby was attacked by a dog earlier this week, sending the girl to a hospital for surgery.

    It was an incident that left police officers “shook up,” an official said.

    Around 9 a.m. Monday, Amaya Melendez was attacked by what state police described as a pit bull in a house near Harris Pond north of Las Vegas, officials said.

    She was bitten numerous times and was taken to the hospital for surgery to remedy serious wounds, officials said.