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Today's News

  • Changes in Highlands soccer program

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Oscar Mendoza, a native New Mexican who starred for Gadsden High before going on to more than 17 years in coaching, has been named head coach of women’s soccer at New Mexico Highlands.

    Mendoza succeeds Justin Wagar, who resigned in January.

    “I am pleased that Oscar has agreed to be our next soccer coach,” Athletic Director Jeff Falkner said. “I think his experiences and ties to the region will aid him greatly as he takes our soccer to new heights in the future.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 13, 2015

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Western Oklahoma State, noon, Altus, Okla.
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Mesa, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Valley, 4 p.m., Valley
    Softball
    • LCC at Midland Classic, TBA, Midland, Texas

  • Carnegie to offer eBooks

    It’s 3 a.m., you can’t sleep and there’s nothing good on television. If only you had a good book to read.

    The next time that happens, you may just be able to check out a book from Carnegie Public Library. No, the historic building that houses the library  won’t be open 24 hours a day, but if you have a library card you will soon be able to check out an eBook anytime of the day or night. Best of all, it won’t cost you a dime.

  • Honoring their service - 2 West board members bid farewell

    On Monday evening, outgoing West Las Vegas board members Gary Gold and Henry Abeyta participated in their last official board meeting. Gold, who served on the board for eight years, decided against re-election.

    Abeyta is wrapping up his four-year term on the board; Patrick Marquez defeated him in last Tuesday’s election.

    Marquez and newly elected board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez, who will take over Gold’s position, will join the board officially in March.

  • Mora severs ties with attorneys

    Three weeks after a federal judge threw out Mora County’s community rights ordinance, the Mora County Commission has voted to sever ties with Thomas Linzey and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

    Linzey and the CELDF were the architects of the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, which U.S. District Judge James O Browning invalidated in January after finding that significant portions of the law enacted to stop oil and gas drilling within the county were unconstitutional.

  • Health care records vulnerable to hackers

    By Tom Murphy and Brandon Bailey
    AP Business Writers

    Everyone worries about stolen credit cards or hacked bank accounts, but just visiting the doctor may put you at greater risk for identity fraud.

  • Hunting, fishing show returns to Expo

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    The annual midwinter hunting and fishing show is back at Expo New Mexico after being cancelled last year following the death of its founder Bob Gerding.

    “We’re thrilled to be reviving the annual outdoor adventure show and carrying on the tradition that Bob started so many years ago,” said Lance Cherry, chief of information and education for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 11, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, Feb. 8 — For the third time in as many years, Eddie Groth, sports information director at New Mexico Highlands University has won national honors in the NAIS’s Football Brochure competition. Groth’s brochure took fourth nationally among the over 400 colleges in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Others in the top five were Southwestern Louisiana University, Florida A&M, Fort Hayes State in Kansas and Hillsdale (Mich.) College.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 11, 2015

    Rotary Club’s lasagna fundraiser is Thursday
    Rotary Club’s annual lasagna lunch and dinner fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Hillcrest Restaurant’s Flamingo Room. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any Rotary Club member or at the door. There will be a silent auction for both lunch and dinner. Dinner entertainment will be by UWC-USA students.

  • Weather - Feb. 11, 2015

    Wednesday
    A chance of rain and snow, mainly before 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. North wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 21. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.