Daily Lobo stories

Stories written by J.R. Oppenheim

Despite Martinez, Hispanics traditionally stick with Dems.

Even with a Hispanic Republican governor in the midst of a re-election bid, more of New Mexico’s Latino voters side with Democrats at the ballot box, political experts said. Gov. Susana Martinez in 2010 became the nation’s first Hispanic woman to win a gubernatorial election, but data from the research website Latino Decisions suggests she accumulated 38 percent of the Hispanic votes during that race against Diane Denish, who generated 61 percent.

Men’s soccer starts 30th year in Division I

Dave Robertson wasn’t on the first UNM men’s soccer roster when it gained NCAA status in 1983. He spent his first year of college on a soccer scholarship at San Diego State. While Dave was in California, his dad Craig Robertson was leading the UNM men’s soccer team in its first season of a program that would become one of the University’s most renowned sports program.

UNM opens training camp with Gautsche as starter

During Wednesday’s media-day event at the Tow Diehm Complex, a reporter asked New Mexico football coach Bob Davie if quarterback Cole Gautsche will be a starter heading into training camp. Davie, standing at the podium, turned to his sophomore signal-caller seated off-camera and said “Cole? You going to jump out there with that first group?”

Boston Marathon bombing reinforces need for security at UNM athletics events

Last week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon does not necessarily force UNM to re-examine its security protocols for sports and other public events, but officials said it does reinforce the importance of security, and could lead to reviews of current policies. Three people died and more than 180 were injured when two bombs exploded during the April 15 Boston Marathon, one of the largest and most well-known running events in the country. The explosions and ensuing manhunt for suspects garnered national attention.

Nothin’ but Noodles: UNM introduces Craig Neal as hoops coach

Eighty-one hours after men’s basketball head coach Steve Alford announced he was leaving UNM for UCLA, the Lobos found their new man. Turns out he was sitting one chair to the left all along. The University officially introduced associate head coach Craig Neal as its 20th head coach during a ceremony and press conference at the club level of The Pit on Wednesday.

Lawmakers seek independent input in primary elections

Three Albuquerque lawmakers came forward Thursday to pitch potential legislation to allow independent voters to participate in the New Mexico primary election process. During a press conference held at UNM, state Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Albuquerque, said he intends to sponsor a bill that will grant voters who decline to state a party affiliation access to the primary election ballot box.

Track boosts local economy

Albuquerque’s indoor track facility provided a significant economic boom for the city over a roughly two-month span. Seven indoor track and field meets held at the downtown convention center generated a total of $1.8 million in direct spending, a figure that tracks new dollars brought into and circulated within a city, according to information from the Albuquerque Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Commentary: The Pit’s new name changes nothing

Got a problem with the WisePies Arena name for UNM’s basketball venue? Get used to it. If this deal runs through the length of the agreement, the fedora-clad logo will be on the building for the next 10 years. Don’t forget the key fact in all this: UNM will receive $5 million over the life of the contract. This is a good deal for the men’s and women’s programs, the Athletics Department and the University as a whole.

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