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Today's News

  • Cowgirls foiled at Pan Am

    Ari Baca scored a team-high 11 points off the bench in a solid effort, but it was to no avail.

    Baca’s New Mexico Highlands women came out on the short end of a 94-37 score at NCAA Division I New Mexico State on Nov. 25 at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.

    The Aggies (4-2) shot 53 percent overall and made 10 of 16 shots from 3-point range, getting double-digit efforts from six players.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 30, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Pecos Middle School girls at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco
    Wrestling
    • West Las Vegas Middle School hosts WLV Jamboree, 3 p.m., WLVMS gym

  • Saturday football: Cards earn return to title game

    Robertson High School is back in the Class 4A state football championship game.

    The Cardinals ran their record to 12-0 by beating Hatch Valley 38-20 on a cool Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. The semifinal win is the first in the teams' last three meetings, including the 2015 state championship game last December in Hatch.

    Robertson, the No. 1 seed, will play at No. 2 Portales, a winner over No. 6 St. Mike's in the other semifinal.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • The fight of his life - Pecos teen wants others to learn from his ordeal with testicular cancer

    Growing up, Mark Archuleta Jr. could be found on the basketball court or on a baseball field competing.

    And while he has faced tough battles on the court and the field, none of those compared to the foe that came knocking at his door in late July. That’s when Mark found out he had testicular cancer.

    Getting that diagnosis, weeks before Mark was set to begin his senior year at Pecos High School, set the Archuleta family in a new direction. Suddenly, the focus was no longer on his senior year, but on fighting this battle against cancer.

  • 10-year hunting ban for poacher

    Submitted to the Optic

    An investigation that spanned more than two years and led to the filing of 26 poaching charges has resulted in a decade-long revocation, just the second time this has occurred in New Mexico’s history.

  • HU students land jobs with Forest Service

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The U.S. Forest Service hired three Highlands University forestry majors on the spot at the Society of American Foresters National Convention.

    Fifteen Highlands University forestry students participated in the convention Nov. 2-5 in Madison, Wisc.

  • Court blocks plan to extend overtime pay

    By Michelle Rindels
    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In a blow to the Obama administration’s labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.

  • Gov: Permanent fund off limits

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez wants state lawmakers to know that the state’s permanent investment fund should be off limits from efforts to resolve a state budget deficit.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 27, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Blaze set to  pro-life offices  
    ALBUQUERQUE — The FBI and Albuquerque Fire Department need help finding the person responsible for arson at a pro-life Catholic organization on Wednesday.

    Authorities say someone set several fires at the office of Project Defending Life, a Catholic-based ministry that offers help to pregnant women.

    The office and a chapel inside the building were damaged.

    Firefighters quickly put the blaze out and nobody was injured.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 27, 2016

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1966 —  New Mexico Highlands University’s Cowboys, the nation’s highest-scoring football team, are set to take on Waynesburg, Pa., in the NAIA Champion Bowl semi-finals. The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at University Stadium in Albuquerque. Highlands has a season record of 8-1, and the Yellowjackets stand at 9-0. The Cowboys are averaging almost 50 points per contest and are led by Carl Garrett, who tops all college players in scoring this year with 158 points.