Today's News

  • Letter: Highlands hurting its neighbors

    I attended the New Mexico Highlands University Master Plan public meeting on Jan. 27 with several of my neighbors, including the Cordovas who have lived in their home next door to me for over 50 years. Highlands presented three Master Plans (A, B, C) at its previous public meeting in the spring of 2009. Plan B involved demolishing our homes for a parking lot.

  • Racist graffiti mars candidate's signs

    A mayoral candidate in Wagon Mound has reported to authorities that her campaign signs have been marred with racist graffiti.

    Betty Ann Medina, a village council member who is facing Arthur Arguello in the mayor’s face, said three of her signs on N.M. Highway 120 on the way to Roy were vandalized with swastikas. Someone wrote “KKK” on another, and five were stolen, Medina said.

    The only sign unaffected was near some dogs, she said.

  • RHS girls have Hope

    There is Hope on the schedule after all for the Robertson girls’ basketball team.

    The Lady Cardinals scored a significant non-district victory on Monday night, beating Hope Christian 52-49 on the Huskies’ home campus in Albuquerque.

    Hope Christian entered the game ranked sixth in the latest Class 3A girls’ poll sponsored by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Robertson was ninth in the same poll.

    RHS led 25-21 at halftime and held on down the stretch to complete the upset.

  • Editorial: No good excuses

    We were amazed last year when the state announced that Sierra Vista Elementary School was No. 40 on the state list for demolition. Recently, officials announced that the school is now at No. 14.

    And Sierra Vista is only a little more than 20 years old.

    Whatever way you cut it, the taxpayers have been failed if a relatively new building needs to be leveled. Officials say a leaky roof has caused deterioration to the building.

  • HU seeking own license plate

    Highlands University is hoping to issue a new license plate as soon as it gets state approval for the design, officials say.

    President Jim Fries said Associate Vice President Lawrence Trujillo brought to his attention that the university might consider its own personalized HU license plate. 

    “State universities have the opportunity to work with the Department of Transportation to secure a license plate that would basically advertise the university. I’m sure you’ve all seen UNM and other state university’s plates,” Fries said.

  • Work of Art: The benefits of laughter

    Several people commented on the piece about the demolition of Mortimer Hall, the Highlands building at Eighth and National that was cleared to make room for a new student center. In that building, as mentioned in a previous column, was “The Door.” On it I kept humorous headlines from various newspapers.

    In one move around Mortimer Hall, it was easier to move the entire door to a new location than to apply an Exacto knife to remove the clippings. But let’s be clear: The door was of the standard institutional variety, and it held up pounds of profundity.

  • Cards hold on in East-West game

    Justin Bustos made a living at the foul line Monday night, going 10 for 12 at the charity stripe, and tallied 21 total points to lead Robertson to a 73-63 boys’ basketball win over crosstown rival West Las Vegas at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Bustos swished his first 10 free throws, all in the fourth quarter, before missing twice in his last trip to the foul line.

    The Cardinals (15-5 overall, 3-3 District 2-3A) got what they were looking for — a bounce-back game after consecutive district losses to leader Santa Fe Indian School (6-0) and Pojoaque Valley.

  • Sheriff Vigil to run for second term

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil plans to run for a second term, saying he has a plan to strengthen the Sheriff’s Department if the County Commission goes along.

    Vigil, who has 35 years in law enforcement, is the third person to announce his intention to run. Las Vegas Police Department detective Roy Pacheco and district attorney’s office investigator Tony Valdez have already announced they’re running.

    “I want to continue protecting and serving the citizens of the community. I have always enjoyed working with the people,” the sheriff said.

  • Rangers reap recognition

    Three Mora Ranger boys’ basketball players recently brought home medals recognizing both on- and off-court accomplishment.

    Tyler Martinez was named to the all-tournament team of the 62nd annual Northern Rio Grande Tournament hosted by Pojoaque Valley High School in Jacona. The Rangers, coached by Hank Laumbach, finished sixth in the tournament.

    Additionally, Leo Paul Pacheco was among those honored for outstanding sportsmanship qualities, and Joshua D. Garcia was saluted for his academic work.

  • Letter: Anonymous comments cowardly

    This is my second letter to the Optic regarding (online reader comments) about Phil Warfield (Re: front-page story on Jan. 29). The first was Jan. 30 sent by the Postal Service and today, Feb. 2, sent by e-mail.