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Today's News

  • Beasties open state tourney at Taos

    Robertson will be the No. 10 seed in the Class 1A-4A state girls’ soccer tournament, which opens this weekend around New Mexico.

    The Lady Cardinals — or Beastie Girls, if you prefer — know their opponent well.

    Host Taos, the No. 7 seed, has been a chief district rival. The Lady Tigers finished third in 2-4A at 11-5 overall and 6-4 in the district. Taos swept the teams’ head-to-head meetings with a 3-0 shutout Sept. 21 and a 1-0 squeaker in the Oct. 7 rematch.

  • Lady Card spikers chalk up another sweep

    Having clinched the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, Robertson made quick work of Taos in their penultimate match of the regular season Tuesday night in Taos.

    The Lady Cardinals won 25-6, 25-12, 25-12, to improve to 17-2 overall and 7-0 in District 2-4A under head coach Stacy Fulgenzi. Winner of seven straight matches, Robertson is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A by MaxPreps, with only defending state champion Sandia Prep (16-2) and Portales (14-4) higher.

    The Lady Cards were to host Pojoaque Valley on Thursday night to close the regular season.

  • Kipkogei, Marrujo pace Highlands runners

    With this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships in the books, New Mexico Highlands is hard at work retooling in preparation for the South Central Regionals on Nov. 4.

    It was a challenging weekend for Highlands overall. Collins Kurui, the Cowboys’ usual No. 1 man and a contender in the talent-rich RMAC, fell back in the pack midway through.

    That left Kennedy Kipkogei to take the lead runner role, as he had in the NMHU XC Jam back in September. He and Kurui finished just inside the top 50.

  • Flying high again

    Photo by Theresa Wesner/For the Optic

    West Las Vegas cheerleader Kennedy Branchal soars above the Bernalillo High School field during a recent road game for the Dons. West and its cheerleaders, staff and supporters will be the visitors again this week when it plays at Robertson on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Vegas Bowl 57, also known as the East-West Game.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Balderas, Presbyterian in settlement talks

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s possible a standoff over millions of dollars in insurance premium taxes could be resolved now that New Mexico’s attorney general and the state’s largest health-care insurance provider are talking.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office confirmed Friday the parties are in settlement discussions and look forward to resolving the case for the good of the state.

  • Presbyterian tops list for unpaid taxes

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A newly released audit places Presbyterian Health Plan at the top of a list of 17 insurance companies with unpaid taxes that are owed to the state of New Mexico.

    Records released by the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor on Tuesday to the Associated Press show a $28.9 million underpayment of taxes at the for-profit arm of Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 2003.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 25, 2017

    The Associated Press

    ‘Ask A Mexican’ column will be no more

    ALBUQUERQUE — The “Ask A Mexican” column, a satirical weekly installment about U.S. Latinos that once ran in more than three dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, is coming to an end.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

    Wednesday, Oct. 25

    The 2017 Monster Ball College Night, hosted by New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College, is taking place 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson Complex. The event is free and open to the public. Call 505-454-3394 for information or RSVP at apply.nmhu.edu/register/CollegeNight2017.

    Wednesday, Oct. 25

  • Three media arts students earn prestigious fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Three outstanding New Mexico Highlands University media arts students received $2,500 fellowships this academic year to develop independent projects, thanks to the Seabury Foundation.

    Elizabeth Lynch, Jamie García, and Brittany Hayes are the 2017 –18 Seabury Fellows.

  • ‘Mockingbird’ flares up anew

    There’s a bit of irony in the following, which concerns a reheated topic of racism, as shown in the decision of several school districts to ban Harper Lee’s award-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    Touching on Lee’s brilliant novel and of censorship leads me to make a couple of disclosures.