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Today's News

  • Ortiz could be dual threat for Highlands

    A chance to compete for a meaningful role — not the mere comforts of familiar surroundings — is what drew Arjay Ortiz to choose New Mexico Highlands as he continues his education and football career.

    Ortiz, the Robertson senior who led the Cardinals to its third consecutive appearance in the Class 4A state championship game this past fall, officially signed with NMHU on Wednesday morning.

    An All-State pick in football, he is a leading scorer for the basketball team.

  • Peaceful, easy feeling: Pavlic to join Eagles

    Once he visited the campus of Chadron State College, there was no turning back for Brooks Pavlic.

    The Robertson senior offensive lineman said the place just felt like home.

    On Wednesday, Pavlic made it official that he will be attending school at the Chadron, Neb., university and playing on the line for the Eagles this coming fall.

  • Highlands football adds to roster

    New Mexico Highlands Cowboy football has announced the following commitments from Wednesday’s national signing day.

  • Reflections of Company C

    By Maurilio Vigil, Special to the Optic

    The story is the first in a multi-part series. Part two can be found here: goo.gl/mkUDeP

    Frank Belisandro “Billy” Rodriguez was not feeling particularly patriotic or overly “gung ho” to be a soldier on Sept. 16, 1940, when he decided to enlist in the New Mexico National Guard.

  • Driver of pickup truck cited

    The driver of the truck that crashed into a Douglas Avenue building on, Feb. 1, injuring two female pedestrians, has been cited for careless driving by Las Vega Police.

    According to police reports, Russell Ritchie, 53, of Springer, was trying to park his GMC truck at 715 Douglas Ave., but instead of using the brake, he accidentally hit the gas pedal.

    The truck jumped the curb and struck Clynn Finnegan, 73 of Las Vegas, and Annette Baca, 46, also of Las Vegas.

  • Education funding bill hopes dim

    By Robert Nott, The Santa Fe New Mexican
    SANTA FE — Early childhood education proponents are proclaiming a big win now that the House of Representatives has approved a measure to pull more funds from the state’s $17.5 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for prekindergarten programs.

    But House Joint Resolution 1, as the measure is known, will soon have to navigate its way through the choppy waters of the Senate Finance Committee before it goes to the full Senate for debate and a vote.

  • Could N.M. become two-plate state?

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — What do you have on the front of your car?

    New Mexico is one of 19 states that does not require a front license plate, leaving room for plenty of custom plates bearing the names of automotive dealers, the brands of car makers, the logos of sports teams and of universities and all manner of slogans.

    Plenty of New Mexicans do not have anything at all affixed to their front bumper.

  • Lottery reform tabled

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The state lottery’s luck may have run out at the Legislature.
    A House committee on Wednesday tabled a bill that would end a requirement that the New Mexico Lottery turn over 30 percent of the gross revenue of ticket sales for the state’s college scholarship program.

  • Museum supporters to host Valentine’s dance Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection, in partnership with the Las Vegas City Museum, are hosting their seventh annual Sweetheart Dance and meeting at the historic Plaza Hotel Ballroom on Saturday.

  • Habitat heroes

    Gwen Albers/Optic photo

    Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas and the United World College-USA in Montezuma recently recognized Sonya and Adam Berg of Rociada for their longtime volunteer efforts.

    The Bergs, who have been “Get-Away” parents at UWC for 15 years, also have volunteered for other organizations, including the Gallinas Watershed Council and Friend of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.