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Today's News

  • College roundup: Homers can't save Highlands

    This past weekend in local college athletics:

    • New Mexico Highlands University baseball (8-20) took one win in a four-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road series at Regis Friday through Sunday in Denver.

    Regis took Friday’s opener 12-7 after the teams combined for nine home runs. Andrew Bryniarski hit two for Regis as part of the Rangers’ 5-1 start. Auggie Francis, Codie Simmons, Justin DeHoog, Jared Brown and Carlos Ramirez all hit homers for Highlands.

  • Prep roundup: Redbirds win three in Portales tourney

    Robertson’s baseball team is off to a scorching 10-1 start after going 3-0 in the Portales tournament over the weekend.

    “We’re hitting the ball well,” said Cardinal head coach Rick Armijo, “and our pitching and defense has been consistent.”

    Robertson began by crushing Sandia Prep 17-2 on Friday. The Cardinals scored the game’s first nine runs, including seven in their first set of at-bats.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 28-31

    WEDNESDAY (March 28)
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) vs. Raton, 3 p.m., WLV field (RESCHEDULED)

    Softball
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Raton (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

  • Marching for New Mexico lives

    West Las Vegas High School sophomore David Lopez took over a megaphone at the start of Saturday's March for Our Lives in Las Vegas. 

    He's hoping his generation can soon take more control over its future — at least in terms or gun policy.

    As part of the international March for Our Lives, a concerted demonstration in more than 800 locations in the U.S. and abroad, about 150 students, children and adults marched from Sixth Street and Friedman Avenue to West Las Vegas High on Saturday, stopping a few times to allow students to make statements.

  • State Auditor says training is critical

    NOTE: After spending a recent Friday in Las Vegas conducting training on this year’s Auditor Rule, appointed State Auditor Wayne Johnson stopped by the Optic to take questions.

  • Highlands to raise tuition yet again

    After months of discussion, the Highlands University recently voted at a recent special meeting to make increases in tuition for the 2018-19 school year.

  • WLV, Pecos cheer squads extend state championship reigns

    West Las Vegas and Pecos cheerleading teams both earned repeat state championships Saturday at the state spirit competition.

    State Spirit is held at Dreamstyle Arena, aka The Pit,  in Albuquerque.

    West repeated in the category of Class 1A-4A co-ed cheer.

    Pecos extended its reign in Class 3A cheer.

    Taos won in 4A cheer, and St. Michael's won in 1A-4A dance.

  • An uplifting experience

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University will host the State Street Ballet’s performance of Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. April 13, with a children’s matinee at 2 p.m. April 14.

  • City Council: Lodgers tax raised to 5 percent

    Hotels, restaurants and other businesses that rely heavily on income from tourism are always looking for ways to pay for new infrastructure.

    Thanks in part to a resolution approved this week by the Las Vegas City Council, businesses will have access to a few more dollars in the years ahead to pay for such upgrades and improvements. At Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting, the council approved an increase in the municipal lodgers tax from 4 percent to 5 percent.

  • Signing the agreement

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón signed a contract late last month for the city’s purchase of 800 acre-feet of water storage from the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    She was joined by Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry and Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallegos.