Today's News

  • Students receive scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands University archaeology graduate students received scholarships from the Archaeological Society of New Mexico that will help fund their groundbreaking thesis research.

    Jason Nevins and Aaron Roth are the first to conduct in-depth forensic anthropological studies of human remains from the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northeast New Mexico. The remains date from A.D. 800 times to the late 1800s.

    Both will use the latest forensic technology in their research.

  • Que Pasa - May 16, 2011

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Conservation District monthly board meeting, 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the United States Forest Service at 1926 Seventh Street. For more information, call 425-9088.

  • Noticias - May 16, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@ lasvegasoptic.com

    • Luna Community College is offering enhanced college credit summer programs for high school students and 2011 graduating seniors. The programs will provide free tuition for up to eight credit hours, books and fees. Applications are available at the high school counseling offices and at the LCC Concurrent/Dual Credit office located in the technology building, room 114. For more information, call 454-5377 or 1-800-588-7232 ext. 175. Registration is on-going through June 10.

  • Water and the west side

    Let’s talk about some harsh realities. The first is about water, or the lack thereof. The second relates to the west side of town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 16, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: CAVE dwellers

    Last week I told you about my tour of the spaceport near Truth or Consequences, following a New Mexico Press Association meeting down there, but I didn’t say anything about TorC itself.

  • Lopers end Cowboys’ run

    New Mexico Highlands may have been the sixth and last team to make the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, but the Cowboys were one of the last teams playing by Saturday night, as the tourney field narrowed toward the finals.

    Nebraska-Kearney held off the Cowboys 12-8 in a Saturday night semifinal to end Highlands’ run.

    Highlands spotted UNK a 9-0 lead by the halfway point of the third inning before getting on the board in the bottom of the third. Eric Maupin drove in Erik Scott, and A.J. Alexander later did the same for J.P. Hollywood.

  • Strong finish

    Daniel Martinez, Jon Adam Dimas, Danielle Gurule, the combination of Abbey Bradley, Chantel Davis, Kristen Montaño and Erica Herrera, and the team of Martinez, Johnathan Lucero, David Coca and Keen Martinez captured individual championship medals over the weekend, and Robertson’s boys surged to a second-place team finish in the Class 3A state track and field championship meet.

    The Cardinal boys accumulated 58 team points, trailing only Lovington (67).

  • Area teams battle it out in state playoffs

    A roundup of state baseball and softball results involving area teams:


    That last-minute doubleheader with fifth-ranked Portales (resulting in a split on the final day of the regular season) almost paid off for the West Las Vegas softball team.

    The Lady Dons put up a fight before being eliminated 4-2 by those same Rams in the losers’ bracket of the state tournament Friday morning at Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 16, 2011

    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park