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Today in History
Source:  Artesia News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:00

Today in History

MVD's pandemic backlog means long waits
Source:  The Santa Fe New Mexican
Sunday, 23 August 2020 21:00

New Mexicans who need to apply for a driver's license or vehicle registration must wait months for an appointment or hours in line at the privately owned MVD Express.

Medio Fire near Santa Fe grows to 2,300 acres
Source: - New Mexico News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:49

The fire was reportedly at 600 acres on Friday and has now grown to 2,300 acres.

More firefighters arrive to help battle Medio Fire
Source:  The Santa Fe New Mexican
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:30

Crews cleared foliage and cut low limbs Sunday to try to keep the blaze in check.

Northern California firefighters dig in ahead of high winds
Source:  The Santa Fe New Mexican
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:00

Three massive wildfires chewed through parched Northern California landscape Sunday as firefighters raced to dig breaks and make other preparations ahead of a frightening weather system.

The president can't match Ali's standard for trash talk
Source:  The Santa Fe New Mexican
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:00

President Donald Trump, a heavyweight only if he dares to step on a scale, still enjoys imitating the late, great Muhammad Ali.

Setting sail in New Mexico
Source:  The Santa Fe New Mexican
Sunday, 23 August 2020 20:00

With fickle winds and regular summer thunderstorms, sailing is a niche activity but still present in the landlocked state.

Pandemic sends vacationers outdoors for distance
Source:  The Santa Fe New Mexican
Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:45

COVID-19 has translated to a boom in business for RV dealers and campgrounds.

Court told New Zealand shooter planned to burn down mosques
Source:  Artesia News
Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:33

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques had intended to burn down the mosques afterward, a prosecutor said in court Monday, while describing two of those praying as making heroic efforts to stop the mass shooting.

Lobo basketball women: A plan going forward, a new director of operations
Source:  Albuquerque Journal
Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:18

The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team’s 2020-21 journey has begun.

Such as it is.

Neither coach Mike Bradbury, his assistants nor UNM’s players have any idea what to expect from the coming months as college sports struggle to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Last season’s NCAA basketball tournaments and spring sports seasons were canceled, and numerous fall sports, including those in the Mountain West Conference, have been postponed until at least next spring.

For the time being, however, the 2020-21 college basketball season is still a go and teams have to start preparing. With classes starting this week, Bradbury’s Lobos have done so with a mix of limited weight training, running and some very basic skills work.

While he’s hesitant to call these preseason sessions practice, Bradbury is glad to have his team back together.

“We needed something positive,� he said. “We can’t work out as a team and there’s no contact allowed, but just having everyone here and getting back in shape is something. It’s nice to see people smiling for a change.�

UNM’s players, including international student-athletes Ahlise Hurst (Australia), Celine Dupont and Kathelijne van Bennekom (The Netherlands), all arrived in Albuquerque in late July and cleared New Mexico’s 14-day quarantine period. They’ve since engaged in workouts at the Davalos Center, four players at a time and all wearing masks, to begin getting in condition.

“It’s mostly about getting stronger right now,� Bradbury said. “Players couldn’t work out on campus over the summer and their conditioning dropped off, so that’s the focus. They can work on shooting and skills a little bit but that’s not the same with nobody guarding you. Building strength and endurance are things we can do.�

UNM paused workouts this week because school officials are revamping campus COVID-19 protocols as students return for a mixture of online, hybrid and in-person classes. Bradbury expects to restart next week, preparing for a season that may or may not start in November.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,� Bradbury said, “but we have to assume we’re going to play. We’ll do our best to get ready.�

POSITION FILLED: UNM recently hired Kabrina Merriweather as director of women’s basketball operations, a position that had been vacant since December.

Kabrina Merriweather is the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team’s new director of operations as of August 21, 2020.

Merriweather played college basketball at Florida A&M and Georgia Southern and had more recently been coaching AAU and high school teams in her native Indianapolis. She is the sister of Wright State head coach Katrina Merriweather, who assisted under Bradbury at WSU before he came to UNM.

“I’ve known Kabrina for a long time, and she’s paid her dues trying to get into the business,� Bradbury said. “She’s excited to be here and we’re glad to have her.�

UNM spent most of last season without a director of operations after ex-Lobo Laneah Bryan resigned for family reasons. Athletic director Eddie Nuñez said leaving the director of operations job unfilled again was not an option, even though UNM’s athletic department has a number of open positions it is not currently attempting to fill.

“Mike and his staff stepped up to coordinate everything last year and we saved some money,� Nuñez said, “but director of ops is a necessary position. Mike wanted to wait for the offseason so he could hire the right person, and I was comfortable with that.�

UNM’s employment website lists Merriweather’s salary at $56,867.

RECRUITING UPDATE: Bradbury confirmed that UNM is once again recruiting Sandia High standout Viane Cumber, who recently decommitted from Texas Tech after coach Marlene Stollings was dismissed.

Cumber, a 5-foot-10 guard/forward, averaged 22.5 points and 10.7 rebounds as a junior last season. UNM was among several schools courting Cumber before she verbally committed to Texas Tech in April. Aside from confirming recruitment, NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from commenting on unsigned players.

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