Local News

  • QuÉ Pasa

    • The AAUW, Committee of Concerned Citizens for Better Schools, along with the Optic is sponsoring the West Las Vegas school board candidates forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the NMHU Student Union theater.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.


  • Cardinals Triumph in Trinidad

    Six Robertson High wrestlers won their weight classes and led their team to a championship Saturday at the Gene Gagliardi Invitational in Trinidad, Colo.
    The school’s own Cardinal Classic — a two-day tournament set this Friday and Saturday at Mike Marr Gym — is the sport’s regular-season finale. District duals are the following weekend at RHS, and the district and state tournaments will follow on the succeeding weekends.

  • Redbirds Fly Past Peñasco

    Four Cardinals soared with double-digit scoring totals in an 85-34 romp this past Saturday night at Peñasco.
    Robertson improved to 6-13. The Cardinals, coached by Manuel Romero, are the No. 10 team in Class 4A boys’ basketball this week.
    Sebastian Gonzales continues to have a strong winter campaign. The junior guard torched the Panthers for 26 points.
    Javan Gallegos and Francisco “Coco” Arguello manned the inside well for 18 and 13 points, respectively. And Arjay Ortiz added 13 points, continuing an eye-opening freshman year.

  • Nichols Honored

    Kendrick Nichols, a junior guard for the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team, has been named the NMHU Subway Eat Fresh Student-Athlete of the Week for Monday, Jan. 26.
    Nichols scored a career-best 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting. Finding himself with only one point in the first 16:34 of the game, and the Cowboys down 30-25 to rival Western New Mexico, he scored 10 of the final 12 Highlands points in the first half as the home team took a 37-34 lead into the break.

  • Gallegos to Play in Bowl Saturday

    For the second year in a row, Jordan Gallegos, 15, will showcase his gridiron skills on the big stage.
    Gallegos has been selected to play for Team USA (Under-16) against Canada in the International Bowl this Saturday at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Cowgirl's in Lobo Open

    It was a light day for the No. 9 nationally ranked New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team at the Lobo Open on Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Junior Tayler Hendren and freshman Jaylene Garcia finished 9-10 in the 3,000 meters with times of 11:39.28 and 12:48.98, respectively.
    Junior Destiny Dilworth finished 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 37-1 (11.3 meters).
    Senior Elizabeth Robertson took 11th in the shot put with a throw of 42-2.25 (12.86 meters).

  • HU has new digs in Santa Fe

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Santa Fe Center is at a new location that makes it easier for students to access higher education and complete their degree at a one-stop center.

    Highlands Santa Fe is located at the new Santa Fe Higher Education Center, which opened for classes Jan. 12 and celebrated its grand opening Jan. 14. The center is at 1950 Siringo Road – at the northeast corner of Siringo and Yucca Street.

  • Firefighters honored - 3 promoted, 1 receives award

    Las Vegas firefighters took center stage at last week’s City Council meeting, as fire Chief Phillip Mares recognized three of them who have been promoted and a fourth who helped save a life.

    Billy Montoya, who has been with the fire department for more than 14 years, was promoted from lieutenant to commander, the department’s second highest position.  The commander position had been vacant due to a retirement.

    Mares noted that Montoya started off as a firefighter and worked his way up to engineer, lieutenant and now commander.

  • Chief justice: Courts need more money

    By Astrid Galvan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico courts are heavily overburdened and need millions more in funding, the state’s top judge said Thursday.

    Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil told legislators during the State of the Judiciary address that courts need nearly $172 million in funding this upcoming fiscal year, which begins in July.

    That’s about a 9 percent increase in funding over last year.

  • Phone town hall on insurance is Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    BeWellNM, the official state marketplace for New Mexicans to shop, buy, and compare health plans, will be hosting a free telephone town hall for residents of Santa Fe, Taos, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Mora, and Los Alamos counties at 7 p.m.  Tuesday.