Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon - July 1, 2015
  • A new day at Highlands

    The guessing is over. New Mexico Highlands University regents have selected Sam Minner as the school’s next president, ending an eight-month process that began when Jim Fries announced last October that he would be retiring.

    In all, 52 people applied to be Highlands’ president. A search committee whittled that pool down to six finalists and turned those names over to regents in April.

    The university made the names of the finalists public on April 16 and then set up four separate forums for each of the finalists to take part in.

  • Work of Art: Being pelted with erasers

    The class of students that made perhaps the biggest impression on me was an eighth-grade language arts group I taught in a rural town in northwestern New Mexico. Because of a scheduling mixup on the first day, the 24 students I would have had became separated: Ms. Virginia Vigil takes all the girls; I keep the boys.

    That error became a brilliant move, not because of the unisex nature of the class but because of the personalities of the 12 boys.

  • 10-11 All-Stars
  • Two Robbers home games moved to Santa Rosa

    The Las Vegas Train Robbers are scheduled to have five more home games this summer.

    But Las Vegas fans will only be able to see the team three more times in the Meadow City itself, weather permitting.

    The Pecos League late this past week indicated it would schedule two of the team’s remaining home dates for Santa Rosa instead of Las Vegas. The league Web site made it official on Monday that the home games scheduled for July 7 and July 13 would be held at Santa Rosa High School.

    No reason for the move was specified.

  • Mora juniors make history

    For the first time in more than two decades, Mora served as host to a District 4 Little League tournament this past weekend.

    And the locals made the most of it, too. The Mora Juniors (ages 13-14) baseball team prevailed over La Plaza in the final to win the district championship and punch a ticket to state.

    In addition to La Plaza, Santa Rosa and Taos fielded Juniors baseball teams for the seven-game tournament at Mora High School.

  • Smith brothers in national rodeo

    Area native Jett Smith and partner Gabriella Pargas of Grants teamed to place 11th in ribbon roping this past weekend at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Smith and brother Jayde helped represent Team New Mexico, which landed up 11th in the national standings. New Mexico’s boys tied for eighth with Mississippi. Utah won the overall team division and boys’ team division. Texas won the girls’ team title.

    The Smith-Pargas average was listed as 34.68.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 1, 2015

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Garden City Wind, 6 p.m., Garden City, Kans.
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas adult league games, evenings, city softball complex

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Garden City Wind, 6 p.m., Garden City, Kans.
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

  • Breaking: Highlands regents select Sam Minner as president

    New Mexico Highlands University regents selected Sam Minner as the school's next president during a special meeting on Monday morning. The vote was unanimous.

    Minner was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Radford University in Radford, Va.He takes over as Highlands president on Wednesday.

    Minner was one of six finalists regents considered.

    For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic.

  • Details emerge in shooting

    Las Vegas police have secured an arrest warrant for a 29-year-old Las Vegas man wanted in connection with a shooting that left another man wounded last Tuesday.

    Thomas A Gutierrez, of the 400 block of Tecolote Street, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, and possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, a fourth-degree felony.

    It was unclear Sunday whether Gutierrez had been apprehended yet.