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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 13, 2015


  • Editorial cartoons - Feb. 13, 2015
  • Another Perspective - Court system not funded adequately

    By Barbara Vigil

    Our courts require additional resources to meet the justice needs of New Mexico’s citizens. Each day, courts address the aftermath of strained social and economic conditions, including crime, child and domestic abuse, and broken family and business relationships.

    Our independent court system also supports economic growth and investment by enforcing contracts and resolving business and property disputes. And it does all of this with less than 3 percent of the state’s overall budget.

  • Just a Thought - Will you be my valentine, now and forever?

    By Rick Kraft

    The elderly couple was driving down the country road in their old pickup truck when they saw a young couple in a shiny new pickup coming toward them from the other direction. The young man was driving and the young lady was sitting right next to him, almost in his lap. He had his left hand on the steering wheel and his right arm was behind her neck resting on her shoulder. She was looking at her man with adoration, giving him all of the attention that any young lady could possibly give.

  • Lady Dons drop Pojoaque on road

    Jaylen Gutierrez torched the Pojoaque Elkettes for a game-high 17 points and kept her West Las Vegas club in the top half of the District 2-4A girls’ basketball standings on Wednesday night in Jacona.

    West won 54-40 to improve to 2-1 in district, tied with Taos, which beat Robertson.

  • Young out as HU football coach

    The Eric Young era is over at New Mexico Highlands University.

    School administrators announced late Tuesday that Young will not return as NMHU’s head football coach this coming school year.

    No further details were provided as to the reason for the decision.

  • Riders split season openers

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College freshman catcher Mercedes Gonzalez hit at a .714 clip to lead the Lady Rough Riders to a split in weekend softball action.

    It was the season opener for Luna Community College.

    The Lady Rough Riders beat Trinidad State 8-7 and lost to Colby Community College (Kan.) 12-10. Both games were played in Trinidad, Colo.

  • Changes in Highlands soccer program

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Oscar Mendoza, a native New Mexican who starred for Gadsden High before going on to more than 17 years in coaching, has been named head coach of women’s soccer at New Mexico Highlands.

    Mendoza succeeds Justin Wagar, who resigned in January.

    “I am pleased that Oscar has agreed to be our next soccer coach,” Athletic Director Jeff Falkner said. “I think his experiences and ties to the region will aid him greatly as he takes our soccer to new heights in the future.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 13, 2015

    • LCC at Western Oklahoma State, noon, Altus, Okla.
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Mesa, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Valley, 4 p.m., Valley
    • LCC at Midland Classic, TBA, Midland, Texas

  • Carnegie to offer eBooks

    It’s 3 a.m., you can’t sleep and there’s nothing good on television. If only you had a good book to read.

    The next time that happens, you may just be able to check out a book from Carnegie Public Library. No, the historic building that houses the library  won’t be open 24 hours a day, but if you have a library card you will soon be able to check out an eBook anytime of the day or night. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime.