Today's News

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 28-March 4

    WEDNESDAY (Feb. 28)

    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec Center

    No varsity events scheduled


    • NMHU at Colorado School of Mines, 5 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • State tournaments, first-round girls’ games, campus sites


  • State basketball first-round matchups announced

    State basketball seedings and first-round matchups for area prep basketball teams, as announced by the New Mexico Activities Association on Sunday evening. 

    GIRLS — Friday, March 2

    Class 4A

    No..9. West Las Vegas visits 8. Hope Christian, 6 p.m.

    No. 15 Taos at No. 2 Robertson, 7 p.m.

    Class 3A
    No. 9 Tierra Encantada at No. 8 Pecos, 6 p.m. 


    Class 4A

  • Cars and Courts

    It’s not an easy job for a used-vehicle dealership to more a car from an auction and into a customer’s hands.

    Not only does it take a great deal of paperwork, phone calls and emails and ferrying of vehicles to and from mechanics and arranging car washes, it also can take up a lot of owners’ time in court business.

  • Cowgirls fourth in RMAC indoor championships

    New Mexico Highlands' Tashay Hunter cleared 6 meters to capture a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in the long jump.

    Teammate Annie Topal led a Highlands sweep of the top three in the triple jump.

    Those performances buoyed the Cowgirls to fourth place in this past weekend's RMAC indoor track and field championships held in Golden, Colo.

    Colorado-Colorado Springs nipped Western State in a 118-117 photo finish to win the women's team title. Adams State (102) just edged Highlands (99) for third in the 13-school meet.

  • Humphrey wrestles to fourth, pins down nationals spot

    Next stop, Cedar Rapids. New Mexico Highlands wrestler Reis Humphrey battled back from a loss in the consolation bracket to win "true fourth" and qualify for nationals March 9-10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    The result was a sweet end for NMHU on Saturday, day two of the 2018 NCAA Division II West super regional hosted at the Wilson Complex. Fifteen schools from across the region — including No. 4 Cal Baptist and No. 5 CSU-Pueblo and even Simon Fraser from Canada — gathered to whittle down to 40 nationals qualifiers, four for each weight class.

  • Humphrey Highlands' last hope in West regional

    As a horde of top grapplers from west of the Mississippi continued to battle onward around him Friday evening at the Wilson Complex, Reis Humphrey found himself alone -- the last representative from host NMHU with a chance to earn a medal at the NCAA Division II West super regional.

    Humphrey, a senior 149-pounder, made it to the semifinals and was the lone Cowboy to do so, although four teammates managed one win apiece.

  • Rough Riders drop two in home debut

    The first part of a two-day home-and-away series with Otero Junior College didn't go Luna Community College's way Friday in Las Vegas.

    Despite home runs by Eric Alvarado and Ricky Martinez, as well as three-hit efforts from Alvarado and Keaton Christy, the Rough Riders came up short 11-9 in Friday's opener at Brandt Park.

    Otero did most of its damage with an eight-run second, taking a 9-0 lead. Luna scored three in the bottom of that frame, later rallying with six runs in the sixth.

  • Lady Cards add district tourney title to unbeaten run in 2-4A

    With a 51-35 win over Pojoaque Valley on Friday, the Robertson girls' basketball team added a District 2-4A tournament title to the regular-season championship secured one week earlier.

    RHS (24-3 overall) went unbeaten against district foes in the regular season, finishing 8-0 in 2-4A. Head coach Leroy Barela and his team appear to have a good shot at a No. 2 seed in the state tournament. Brackets were to be released late Sunday.

  • Postgame incident under review

    Authorities are reportedly reviewing a postgame disturbance that marred the Robertson-St. Michael's district boys' basketball semifinal Thursday night in Santa Fe.

    Police were summoned to Perez-Shelley Gym for the scuffle, which broke out shortly after the host Horsemen rallied from 11 down to edge the Cardinals 60-58. Spectators and players were involved in the incident, which spilled from the court floor out into the lobby area.

  • RHS principal Yara retires suddenly

    By Alice L. Wagoner, Las Vegas Optic

    Robertson High School principal Mike Yara, announced his retirement effective the end of the school semester, Superintendent Kelt Cooper said Thursday.

    Cooper said reports that the principal was escorted out of the school and that he was fired are untrue, though Yara has been relieved of his duties with the district.

    “There’s a lot of talk in a small community,” he said. “People put a lot of spin on things.”