Today's News

  • Darley leads Robertson sweep

    Alianza Darley torched the Socorro Warriors for roughly a dozen kills, four blocks and four aces Thursday night as the Robertson volleyball team ran its record to 2-0 under coach Stacy Fulgenzi.

    The Lady Cardinals had little trouble in a 25-11, 25-13, 25-13 sweep — the second in as many nights to begin the season.

    Robertson did not trail at any point in the evening, starting each set well and never allowing Socorro to make any serious runs.

  • Fiesta on the course

    Submitted to the Optic

    What do you get when you cross 40 women from 12 different golf clubs with perfect New Mexico weather and a pristine golf course?

    A Fiesta of fun.

    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association recently hosted its annual Fiesta de Golf tournament on Aug. 31 at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Hole sponsors and silent auction donors helped to raise almost $2,000, which supports LVWGA course improvements such as planter beds, flags, tee boxes and high school student golf programs.

  • Romo on way out?

    The Associated Press

    Tony Romo followed the best season of his career in 2014 with one injury after another.

    The question no longer is whether Romo can duplicate the success he had just two years ago when he led the Dallas Cowboys to 12 wins and the NFC East title. Rather, people wonder if can stay healthy to play at all.

    Romo missed 12 games in 2015 after he broke his left collarbone twice. He begins this year on the sideline after suffering a back injury in the preseason.

    The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback is clearly on the decline.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 11, 2016

    • NMHU women at Angelo State, 11 a.m., San Angelo, Texas
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 2 p.m., United World College, Montezuma

    • Robertson JV vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym
    • Valley Middle School at Tierra Encantada, 4 p.m., Santa Fe


  • Friday night football: Cards edge Lions; Rams outmuscle Dons

    The top-ranked team in Class 4A football, Robertson had to battle to get past Santa Rosa 21-18 Friday night at Santa Rosa. But a late interception by Brandon Lucero sealed the win and the Cardinals are 3-0.

    Meanwhile the No. 3 Portales Rams blew open a close game by outscoring host West Las Vegas 41-0 in the second half for a 55-12 victory. The Dons dropped to 2-1.

    New Mexico Highlands hosts Colorado School of Mines at noon Saturday at Perkins Stadium. 

    For more coverage, see the Optic print editions this week. 

  • Luna hires president’s son

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees signed off Wednesday on the hiring of the son of President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as the full-time assistant women’s softball coach.

    Roy Sanchez will be paid $33,566 a year, according to Human Resources Director Leticia Archuleta.

    The decision to hire the president’s son comes as the college is facing increased scrutiny from the state Higher Education Department which disclosed last month that it has launched a special audit after receiving complaints about improprieties at Luna.

  • Suicide Prevention - Suicide afflicts the young

    Suicide is something that is not talked about freely despite being the second leading cause of death for 15- to 34-year-olds.

    Suicide is the fifth-leading cause of death for New Mexicans. Knowing the statistics, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is trying to send a strong message of hope.

    On Tuesday, Erica Davis-Grump of Balderas’ office held a suicide awareness prevention program at Highlands University. The presentation was held during the first week of nationally recognized suicide prevention month.

  • Missing woman found dead

    Lorenzo Flores suspected from the beginning that something was horribly wrong.

    The last time he spoke to his daughter, Veneranda “Nanda” Flores was on Dec. 17, 2014. She called him from Albuquerque to wish him a happy birthday. And while she told him she wouldn’t be coming home for Christmas, she promised to call him on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. But that call never came, and Flores said that just wasn’t like his daughter.

  • Castañeda concert set for Saturday

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    One Roof Publishing

    A unique concert experience will take place on Sept. 10, in the historic Castaneda Hotel, featuring the works of famous composers and under the guidance of artistic director Ronald Maltais. The program is underwritten by Allan Affeldt, the Las Vegas Arts Council, Southwest Capital Bank, and other donors.

    Tickets for this first of a planned three-concert series, are $15 per person.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 9, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6:
    Kyle Minard, 32, DWI: speeding, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Christina Urioste, 30, failure to comply with conditions of release, District Court
    Dalon Finch, 34, failure to comply with conditions of release, District Court
    Lawrence Harris, 34, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Jason Lopez, 43, stalking, San Miguel Magistrate Court