Today's News

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  • Annual trash cleanup Saturday at Plaza Park

    Submitted to the Optic

    Two upcoming events will bring city residents together to help beautify Las Vegas.

    The Third Annual “Don’t Trash Our Trails” cleanup takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Plaza Park. Lunch, as well as door prizes and all necessary equipment, will be provided.

    The City Solid Waste Department will hold its annual Amnesty Day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. This is a day to get rid of pretty much anything which the transfer station normally accepts, free of charge.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 16, 2016

    7 p.m.
    Mike Super-Magic and Illusion show will take place at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University campus. Advance tickets are on sale at KEDP radio station, studio 103. For more information, call 454-3238.

    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 18, 2016

    The Higher Learning Commission has placed Highlands University on probation after determining that the school is out of compliance with accreditation standards it is required to follow. Highlands remains accredited while on probation, but there’s no question that this is a serious matter for the school. Highlands President Sam Minner said he’s confident he can institute the changes needed to get Highlands off probation as soon as possible.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 16, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - We’re overloaded with communication and information

    In the beginning, people communicated face-to-face, or at least within earshot of each other. It was primitive but effective enough, and the social creature we call “human” evolved into the dominant species we are today.

    Then came long-distance communication through messengers and the mail, followed by the invention of the telegraph to speed it all up. By the time the 20th century rolled around, we were talking with each other on telephones, grounded by electrical lines until wireless came along.

  • Beasties leash T-Wolves

    With the still-young defense exhibiting an increasing amount of maturity and poise, the Robertson girls’ soccer team had little trouble handling East Mountain on Tuesday afternoon at RHS Field.

    The Lady Cardinals scored once in each half to secure a 2-0 shutout of the visiting Timberwolves, a program with a history of postseason appearances.

    Gabriella Montoya booted the ball roughly 20 yards away, driving from the right edge of the penalty area with 21:10 left in the first half.

  • Cowboys face NAU

    Previews of this weekend’s gridiron action involving Meadow City teams:

    Robertson vs. Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Friday, Cardinal Stadium
    Back home at Cardinal Stadium after two weeks on the road, the No. 1 ranked Robertson football team hosts Ruidoso on Friday night.

    The Warriors are 1-2 and ranked No. 5 in Class 4A. After opening with losses at 5A Roswell and 4A defending state champ Hatch Valley, the Warriors defeated Lovington 57-34 last week.

  • Hansen, Cowgirls take 3 of 4

    Sweet, Caroline!

    Caroline Hansen, a New Mexico Highlands University senior, smashed a team-high 52 kills in four matches for the Cowgirls this past weekend in the South Central Classic and earned all-tournament honors.

    Hansen, who is from Gramado, Brazil, also had 41 digs and three aces to help Highlands win three of four matches in the season-opening tournament.

    After beating East Central 3-1, NMHU lost to Southeastern Oklahoma 3-2. But the Cowgirls closed with wins over Southern Arkansas, 3-2, and Cameron, 3-2.

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  • Go Fish - Sept. 18, 2016

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Monastery Lake: Julia Vigil of Rio Rancho caught a 23-inch rainbow trout Sept. 5. She was using purple PowerBait.

    Ute Lake: The Leinbergers of Clovis caught and released a 5.89-pound largemouth bass Sep 10. They were fishing a team tournament and using a top water lure.