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Today's News

  • Vatos place fifth at nationals

    The New Mexico Highlands University rugby club defeated Duke 31-0 to claim fifth place in the National Small College Rugby Organization sevens tournament on Sunday in Chester, Pa.

    The Vatos, who’d won the last two national championships in sevens rugby, were bumped from contention for a third straight title Saturday after finishing in third place in the pool play round.

    First-year NSCRO participant Christendom College (Va.) — a team the Vatos beat on Saturday — went on to edge St. Mary’s (Md.) 24-19 in the final on Sunday afternoon.

  • Valdez’s secret: Hard work

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School 2017 graduate Victoria Valdez is the second recipient of the Eliana Marie Herrera Memorial Scholarship.

  • Obstacle race will benefit RHS sports

    Community members are invited to take on an obstacle course race this weekend that will generate funds for the benefit of Robertson High School’s athletic department.

    The event will take place Sunday, June 11, with all participants meeting at the Cardinal Stadium football field. Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. with first wave of runners starting at 9.  The runners will be moving throughout the campus, completing various obstacles covering approximately 2 miles.

  • Warriors go up 2-0

    By Janie McCauley
    The Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and ran a circle around LeBron James, then drove left through the paint and beat him to the rim for a right-handed layup over the star’s outstretched arm in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic.

    Steve Kerr got a front-row seat again for the show, delighted to be back on the bench witnessing those signature moments he has seen so many times before.

  • Vatos shut out Duke, take fifth

    The New Mexico Highlands University rugby club defeated Duke 31-0 to claim fifth place in the National Small College Rugby Organization sevens tournament on Sunday in Chester, Pa.

    The Vatos, who'd won the last two national championships in sevens rugby, were bumped from contention for a third straight title Saturday after finishing in third place in the pool play round.

    First-year NSCRO participant Christendom College -- a team the Vatos beat on Saturday -- was to play St. Mary's in the final on Sunday afternoon.

  • Vatos to play for fifth in national tourney

    New Mexico Highlands' rugby club will play for fifth place in the National Small College Rugby Organization sevens tournament on Sunday in Chester, Pa.

    The Vatos went 2-1 in pool play on Saturday; Sunday brackets are based on the eight qualifying teams' performance in pool play.

    Highlands opened with a 31-14 loss to Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The team rebounded to smash Colby College 38-7 but got extended in a 19-14 nailbiter over Christendom College, a first-year participant in NSCRO rugby.

    NMHU will face Duke in the fifth place contest at 10:20 a.m. Mountain Time Sunday.

  • Child facility director charged after fight

    The director of a Las Vegas chilren’s facility was charged with disorderly conduct, after which she pleaded no contest and received probation and a fine.

    Alizza Gonzalez, 37, the director of Bright Beginnings Child Development Center, pled no contest earlier this spring to charges of disorderly conduct and public affray, stemming from a fistfight with a Memorial Middle School faculty member at the school last November. Gonzalez pled no contest to the charges in April and was placed on probation and assessed a $126 fine by a San Miguel Magistrate Court judge.

  • Bridging the gap - A Pecos High graduate hopes to help ease burdens for the deaf in the medical field

    Nicolette Gonzales grew up with her deaf parents having a difficult time during their doctors’ appointments. Now, she has set her sights on medical school and an advocate for policy change to help patients with disabilities.

    The 2014 Pecos High School graduate is part of the University of New Mexico’s Combined BA/MD program.

  • Trump withdraws U.S. from climate pact

    By Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world’s climate change pact as a “refreshing” stance for the U.S. that would save jobs and unburden industry.

  • Krebs retires; Balderas says consequences are still possible

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he’s pleased that University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs is stepping down but that his office’s look at athletic department spending will continue.

    Balderas says in a statement reacting to Krebs’ announcement Friday of his intention to retire June 30 that public officials who leave office “can still face legal consequences for actions they took while in office.”