Today's News

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cobre eliminates RHS gridders; NMHU hoops debut a winner; Cowboy heavies reach finals

    Cobre put a quick end to the Robertson football season Saturday afternoon in Bayard, moving the ball efficiently and exploiting several Cardinal turnovers to take a 37-10 win.

    The Indians (9-2 overall) move on to the Class 3A state quarterfinals, specifically an unenviable matchup with third-seeded Portales this coming weekend. Cobre is the No. 6 seed in the bracket.

    For the Cardinals (2-9), Saturday’s game kept alive the program’s streak of postseason appearances but brought a close to what has been a difficult season on multiple levels.

  • Cowboy big men lead wrestlers' Wyoming effort

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    No big deal for the big guys.

    New Mexico Highlands heavyweight wrestlers Jesse Boggs and Louis Thornton stormed through their brackets in this past Saturday’s Wyoming Cowboy Open, each reaching the finals before falling in close matches.

  • TWICE SHY: Lady Cards finish with another red trophy

    ALBUQUERQUE — For the first three days of the state volleyball tournament, Robertson looked like an express train, gaining power with every increasingly impressive victory.

    Then on Saturday, the train ran out of steam.

    Ruidoso, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A, was the locomotive of choice, winning the state championship with a three-game sweep of the Lady Cardinals.

  • LETTER: Mil gracias

    Open letter to the County Commission:

    Just recently, the San Miguel County Public Works Department, along with my company, completed a job in San Ignacio, which included road repair involving the placement of culverts and base material. In order to get the most of out of most of the limited funds for the project, County Manager Les W. Montoya and Public Works Supervisor Harold Garcia agreed to use county employees to place the base material and culverts while my company would supply the base material.

  • LETTER: City doesn’t seem to care

    In regards to the Optic’s editorial of Nov. 18 on the Milliken water wells, it would seem to be our best bet now to avoid further water rationing.

    I agree that all possibilities — the hydro dam, the dam to capture all Las Vegas run-off, the pipeline from North Dakota should be explored, but the Milliken ranch wells seems to be the best bet to  stave off  water rationing right now.

    The city can lease one or more of the wells conditionally that it would not have a negative effect on the neighbors.

  • Highlands University names budget director

    Highlands University has hired a budget director, a position that officials say will help the school through troubled economic times.

    The director, Eileen Bentley, brings a wealth of university budget management experience to her new position, including 18 years at Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey, according to a Highlands press release.

  • Communicate more, panel says

    Film companies should communicate better with the community when they are planning their productions, an advisory panel recommends.

    The Plaza Task Force, a mayor-appointed committee, suggested that the city’s permitting procedure should require that film companies provide formal notification letters to local businesses affected. Additionally, the location manager should be required to submit proof in the form of business owners’ signatures that they were notified of the impacts, the panel advises.

  • EDITOIRAL: Gratitude -- lingering appreciations

    On this day after Thanksgiving, instead of our usual thumbs, we are serving up some leftover thoughts on what we’re grateful for as this year slowly comes to a close. We’re thankful for ...

    MOM-AND-POP BUSINESSES: Las Vegas may not be the richest place on earth (at least not monetarily), but we do have some things that enrich our quality of life, including small, independently owned shops with plenty of character and quality merchandise. So don’t forget them this holiday season.

  • COLUMN: The new welfare queens

    The big news is that there is a push on in Washington, D.C. to bail out the “Big Three,” that is to say General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler, with billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money. ($25 billion is the figure currently touted, but don’t be surprised if it goes up.)

    The reason that the “Big Three” are in trouble is presumably that we Americans are not buying enough cars.

  • Judge: Court needs a car

    Municipal Judge Eddie says he’ll return the keys for the court’s city-issued car once he gets assurances that his staff will still have access to a vehicle.

    In a memo last week to City Manager Sharon Caballero, the judge said that his clerks need access to a city car to run errands that are essential for court business. They regularly go to the bank for deposits, the post office, the Police Department, and Magistrate and District courts, and the state Motor Vehicle Division office, he said.