Today's News

  • Official cause released in boarding house death

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has determined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was the cause of death of a man taken who died January while living in a Las Vegas boarding house.

    Michael Whalen, 63, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he later died, on Jan. 19.

  • N.M. gets funding for home visiting program

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico has been awarded $3.5 million to continue providing home-visiting services to pregnant women and to parents with young children.
    The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
    Gov. Susana Martinez says the funding will help provide valuable information, resources and skills to at-risk families to ensure their children grow up physically and mentally healthy and ready to learn.
    The program targets pregnant women as early as possible, providing health education.
    One focus is prenatal care within the first trimester.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Artwork gets showing after Nev. shooting
    SANTA FE — Artwork forged out of decommissioned firearms is going on display at a Santa Fe gallery in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.
    Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is promoting the free-admission show scheduled Saturday at the Center for Contemporary Arts in an effort to raise awareness and money for gun-buyback events.

  • Rio Mora refuge was site for ‘STEM Showdown’

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    High school students from Northern New Mexico experienced science disciplines firsthand at a national wildlife refuge, thanks to a partnership between Highlands University and the Denver Zoo.

    The STEM Showdown event took place at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,224-acre property on the Mora River 30 minutes north of Highlands’ main Las Vegas campus. The Denver Zoo co-manages the refuge with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

    Wednesday, Oct. 4

    How should your community grow and change? San Miguel County is updating its comprehensive plan and needs your input to develop policies guiding long-term growth and development in the county. County officials will be on hand to answer your questions on Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rociada Fire Station. Visit www.smcounty.net for the online survey, meeting schedules and plan process and information.

    Thursday, Oct. 5

  • What’s the right protocol for foreigners and our flag?

    Work of Art

    Oh, my, how times have changed. But whether they’ve changed for the better is questionable.

    There isn’t much else in the news if you exclude the horrendous massacre of 59 people, as of press time, in a Las Vegas, Nev., outdoor concert venue and casino.

  • Profit is not a dirty word

    This editorial, by Vic Topmiller Jr., recently appeared in the Silver City Daily Press.

    Profit is not a dirty word. It just becomes dirty when abused, and the very association it has with certain people and groups of people is where the dirt comes from.

    Get it? If you get too close to dirty people some of the dirt rubs off. That should be a good lesson for some of us — “If you play with dirt you will soon have dirty hands.”

  • NMHU roundup: Overtime goal lifts Highlands

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Breanna Fatten saw her chance, and she didn’t let it slip away. Fatten slashed inside for a game-winning goal, lifting New Mexico Highlands to a 2-1 women’s soccer triumph in overtime at Colorado Christian on Sunday in Lakewood, Colo.

    The victory gives the Cowgirls and head coach Oscar Mendoza a winning record (2-1-1) in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Second-half sting

    He wasn’t particularly their beloved Paris.

    Black Hills State running back Phydell Paris rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass to help the Yellow Jackets rally to a 50-40 win at New Mexico Highlands on Saturday afternoon at West Las Vegas.

    The Cowboys had largely contained Paris — the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s second-leading rusher — in building a 34-20 advantage by halftime. But Paris found his stride in the second half.

  • Ortiz scored five TDs in RHS win

    A commanding second half lifted Robertson to a 33-20 homecoming victory over Taos in a battle of unbeatens on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Arjay Ortiz’s 47-yard scamper up the western sideline on the opening drive of the third quarter gave the host Cardinals the lead for good at 20-14 after the District 2-4A rivals — ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll — had battled to a 14-14 halftime tie.

    It was one of five touchdowns for the senior quarterback, whose most spectacular play may have been on defense.