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Today's News

  • Criticism of middle sports cuts grows

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico education officials on Thursday joined the chorus of people who are criticizing Albuquerque Public Schools for proposing to cut to middle school sports next year.

    Deputy Public Education Secretary Paul Aguilar issued a statement saying parents deserve to know that pay for the district’s top administrators has increased dramatically in just five years and now tops $4 million.

  • Dear Teacher - April 23, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: What are some nontraditional college choices ­— ones that offer something different from four years of academic work on a college campus? Somehow this approach just doesn’t seem right for our son who is very interested in preparing for a career in technology while in school. — Something Different

    Answer: Two programs that will help college students be well prepared to start a career right after college are co-ops and internships.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Column writer uses bachelor’s degree from Highlands every day

    I was surprised to find this ad in an old box of old papers, stashed away in one of our log cabins that is about to be moved. I graduated from High-lands Univer sity in 1954 and I agree with the text of today, 60 years later.

    The New Mexico Stockman is the major publication issues to and for ranchers like us here in Mora County. Highlands attracted rural students from all over the state back then and it still does.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — April 23, 2017

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Posole, salad with dressing, mustard greens, garlic bread, and pumpkin spice cookie

    TUESDAY
    Hamburger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, and cottage cheese with pears

    WEDNESDAY
    Liver and onions, mashed potatoes, green beans, sliced cucumbers, wheat roll with margarine, and peaches and strawberries with topping

  • Scoring in the classroom

    Continuing a tradition of solid performance in the classroom, New Mexico Highlands baseball and softball players were among those honored with All-Academic selection in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this spring.

    The RMAC, based in Colorado Springs, announced the All-Academic honorees this past week.

    Fourteen from Highlands were honorable mentions for baseball and softball.

    Cowboys on the list:
    • Steven Bishop, a senior from Albuquerque, who posted a 3.68 grade point average in human performance and sport.

  • Lady Cards clinch share of district title

    With a pair of lopsided wins — 17-1 and 16-1 — at Pojoaque Valley on Thursday, the Robertson softball team assured itself of at least a share of the District 2-4A championship.

    Coach Michael Quintana’s squad is 17-6 overall and 9-0 in the district. The team is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A behind only Silver (17-5), according to MaxPreps’ ratings.

  • Go Fish - April 23, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers an≠d anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Mani Loveless of Albuquerque caught her biggest largemouth bass ever April 15. The bass measured 24 inches and was caught on a curly tail grub tipped with a night crawler.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 23, 2017

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    Soccer
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
    Softball
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs (DH), 11 a.m., Colorado Springs  

  • Gov defends budget vetoes

    As Gov. Susana Martinez made her way across northern New Mexico this week, continuing a public relations tour after her vetoes of the state budget and funding for higher education made national headlines, she pointed the blame for the impasse directly at state legislators.

    “I’ve been disappointed before,” she told the Optic in a one-on-one interview Tuesday, “but I’ve never felt like they left New Mexico hanging in the balance like this session. The budget they sent me is not balanced, and they overspent.”

  • Man facing 35 counts for using gas card

    A former city of Las Vegas employee has landed himself in trouble for allegedly using a credit card belonging to the city. Andres Garcia, 28, of El Llano Road allegedly used a city credit gas card to fill up tanks for out-of-town medical appointments several times between September and February while he was still on the city payroll.

    Garcia has been charged with for using a credit gas card belonging to the city 35 times over six months.