Today's News

  • 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.”

  • City Schools adopts security measures

    In response to the recent campus shooting in Florida and rumored threats against area schools, the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education, by a unanimous vote, during its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, directed Superintendent Kelt Cooper to begin the process of implementing extra security measures.

    These new measures will be utilized at the greater Robertson High School campus, which includes Memorial Middle School.

  • Stepping Forward

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Jessica Weber is a first-generation, non-traditional college student.
    Mother, wife, student, and employee are some of the hats she wears.

    To truly understand Weber, you have to understand her journey.
    Weber, 31, will graduate from Luna Community College in May 2018, with an associate of science degree in general science.

  • Retiring Elmo

    Jan. 31 was “once in a super blue blood moon” for Elmo Baca.

    He referenced the epic once-in-a-lifetime lunar event in his thank you remarks, as well over one hundred co-workers, collaborators, dignitaries and dear friends gathered at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe to thank him for his years of service to New Mexico communities as he “retired” from his long association with New Mexico MainStreet.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Feb.25, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, 2018:
    Chusai Padilla, Four Magistrate Court Warrants, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Jessca E. Gonzales,  Magistrate Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Rebecca L. Livingston, Magistrate Warrant, Curry County.
    Jerome J. Pacheco,  Adult Probation Warrant, Guadalupe County Magistrate Court.
    Santino Rivera Razo, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Adult Probation.