Today's News

  • Vatos’ title quest ends in Elite 8

    Submitted to the Optic

    With a lot of courage and luck this past Saturday in San Francisco, the Vatos slipped past the PacWest No. 1 seed (and nationally ranked No. 3) CSU Maritime Academy 31-29.

    Although given little ball and space, All-American Jeremy Misailegalu literally muscled in three scores. For his toughness in the forward trenches, Ray Henley was named Man of the Match helping the Vatos reach the National Elite 8.

  • Gonzalez tops in homers

    New Mexico Highlands finds itself on the outside looking in as teams make a push for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason in baseball and softball.

    Still, there have been some solid individual efforts this spring for both Cowboys and Cowgirls.

    NMHU baseball is 10-29 overall and 7-19 in the RMAC standings in the second year of the Shannon Hunt era.

    The Cowboys host Adams State this weekend for four games, hoping to climb as far as third place in the RMAC Plains Division.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - April 22, 2016

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 1:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •NMHU vs. Adams State, noon, Brandt Park
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, TBA
    •NMHU at CSU-Pueblo (DH), 11 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •West Las Vegas JV vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV Field
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park

  • New Day at City Hall

    Newly elected Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron wasted no time in assembling her team, appointing local businessman David A. Ulibarri Jr. as the new city councilor for the Ward 1 seat and naming a new city manager and a new city attorney on Tuesday — a week after winning the mayoral runoff.

  • AG weighs in on Alta Vista OB issue

    The early March closing of the obstetrics department at Alta Vista Regional Hospital has gotten the attention of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. On Wednesday Balderas, a native of Wagon Mound, sent a letter to the hospital’s CEO Chris Wolf expressing his concerns regarding the closing, calling it “an unacceptable gap in services for women across the northeastern part of the state, placing vulnerable New Mexicans at risk.”

  • Get advice on preserving family history

    Submitted to the Optic

    Donnelly Library and the City of Las Vegas Museum will host workshops April 24 through 30 on preserving family documents.

    The workshops are part of the American Library Association’s national Preservation Week

  • NM prepares to sue over wolves

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is threatening legal action against the federal government after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly revealed its intention to release more Mexican gray wolves into the wild.

    The state Department of Game and Fish confirmed Wednesday that its lawyers have filed a notice of intent to sue over the proposed releases.

  • Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two goes through paces at Spaceport

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    It was nothing but clear, blue skies as the sleek, jet-powered plane approached the runway at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, only to briefly touch down and then thrust off again.

    Over and over again, Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo was put through the paces as the pilots, ground crew and mission control specialists checked off some of the numerous ground and air exercises scheduled this week as the team prepares for future commercial space flights.

  • Jail Log April 22, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 12 and April 19:

    Craig Arguello, 22, five-day commitment, bench warrant, LV/Municipal
    Maria Vigil, 25, positive UA
    Chris Trujillo, 32, failure To appear, driving on a suspended- revoked license, bench warrant, Mora
    Joshua Duran, 26, sexual communication with a child
    Lucas Ulibarri, 41, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Benito Chavez, 42, failure to comply with conditions of release

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 22, 2016