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Today's News

  • NMHU grad accepted to nine top law schools

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A 2016 Highlands University graduate with a double major in criminal justice and psychology has her pick of nine top public and private law schools across the U.S.

    Jamie Allen earned a 4.0 at Highlands and will walk the stage at the Highlands commencement on Saturday to pick up her bachelor’s degree diploma. Her minor is in sociology.

  • Little League 2016

    LA PLAZA LITTLE LEAGUE

    All games at Rodriguez Park

    Sunday, May 15
    MAJORS: Yankees vs. Athletics, 6 p.m.

    Monday, May 16
    MAJORS: Dodgers vs. Yankees, 5:30 p.m.; Rockies vs. Athletics, 7:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 17
    MINORS: Yankees vs. Dodgers, 5:30 p.m.; Cubs vs. Angels, 7:30 p.m.
    SOFTBALL: Cyclones vs. Bratz, 5:30 p.m.; Kryptonite vs. Roadrunners, 7:30 p.m.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May 15, 2016

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Round Rock Express, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •La Plaza Little League game, Rodriguez Park
    Soccer
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 2 p.m., Montezuma
    MONDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Round Rock Express, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

    TUESDAY
    Baseball

  • BREAKING : Montoya rules in discus

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Robertson's Angelica Montoya became the first local athlete to win a state championship in the Class 4A track and field meet, winning in girls discus Friday. 

    Montoya, a sophomore, threw for 120-4, winning by nearly 13 feet. It is her second medal in a throwing event. As an eighth grader, she placed thirdin the shot put.

  • STATE BASEBALL UPDATE : Texico 6, Pecos 2, final

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Texico 6, Pecos 2, final, in Class 3A state baseball championship game at Isotopes Park. Relief pitcher Arturo Archuleta strikes out two Wolverine batters in top of 3rd, stranding three to escape bases-loaded jam. Texico had no-hitter going through three before Panthers struck for first time in bottom of 4th.

  • 8 apply for West board seat

    The wife of former West Las Vegas School board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez has submitted her application to fill her husband’s former board seat.

    Carla Benavidez, an employee in the district’s human resource department, is one of the eight candidates to apply for the position. Other candidates are: Emilio Aragon, John Trujillo, Alvin Jiron, Henry Abeyta, Matt Griego, Linda Montoya and Kenny Lujan.

  • Suit alleges monsignor raped 6-year-old

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe was hit with three new child sex abuse lawsuits this week. One of those lawsuits alleges that a monsignor who previously worked at Immaculate Conception Parish in Las Vegas sexually abused and raped a 6 year-old girl who was attending the now-defunct Immaculate Conception School in the 1950s.

  • Event to commemorate closure

    Submitted to Optic

    Fort Union National Monument will be buzzing with activity starting today with a Naturalization Ceremony and a ceremonial flag lowering on Sunday.

    Once the largest fort west of the Mississippi River, Fort Union will host the Naturalization Ceremony allowing immigrants from Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, India, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom to become U.S. citizens from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the monument located in Watrous.

  • NM eyes federal funds for home visits

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s fast-growing effort to improve early childhood health and development by offering home visits from nurses and counselors would likely be eligible for federal matching funds under Medicaid, a policy expert told lawmakers on Wednesday.

  • In Brief May 13, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Feds arrest six in Shiprock

    Authorities say a crackdown on narcotics trafficking in northwestern New Mexico has led to arrests of multiple people charged in federal indictments.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says the multi-agency investigation was launched in response to an increase in methamphetamine trafficking in the Shiprock area of the Navajo Nation.