Today's News

  • Vatos earn return to sevens finals

    New Mexico Highlands’ Vatos are headed back to the big dance of small-college rugby.

    The Vatos upended Iowa Central Community College 24-10 Saturday in the final of the National Small College Rugby Organization “sevens” qualifier hosted by Tulane University.

    The Vatos avenged a 12-0 defeat to the Iowa school in pool play to emerge as one of the national tournament qualifiers.

  • Archuleta shines on both sides for West

    West Las Vegas baseball (8-6-1) won its first game of a scheduled doubleheader with Pojoaque Valley 3-2, getting a walk-off victory on James Archuleta’s RBI hit to end the game.

    Archuleta went the distance on the mound for the Dons, holding the Elks to seven hits in as many innings, striking out five.

    Game two was knotted up at 4-4 when it was called due to darkness after nine innings. A makeup will only be set if the outcome will impact the district standings at season’s end, according to WLV officials.

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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 12, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • Robertson at Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson JV vs. Hope Christian (DH), 4 p.m., MMS Field
    • Luna Community College vs. Adams State (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson (DH), 3 p.m., WLV Field

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 p.m., Colorado Springs

  • West OKs reorganization plan

    The West Las Vegas School board approved a plan on Thursday evening to reorganize its elementary schools.

  • Crazy about Swayze - Late actor’s memorabilia to be auctioned; ‘Dirty Dancing’ star kept ties to LV area

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    An auction featuring actor Patrick Swayze’s estate will include items from the San Miguel County ranch he and his wife purchased in 1997.

    A three-time Golden Globe nominee who became an instant celebrity after the 1987 hit film “Dirty Dancing,” Swayze died in September 2009 after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

  • AG targets sexual violence on campus

    According to statistics reported by the 2015 CNN Films documentary “The Hunting Ground,” if you are a woman attending college, there’s a nearly one-in-five chance you’ll be sexually assaulted at some time during your studies.

  • Jail Log - April 9, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 3 and April 5:
    Laurence Gonzales, 54, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended or revoked license, no insurance, no registration, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Gary Romero, 43, bench warrant: 22-day commitment, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Patrick Chavez, 38, probation violation: admitted to using meth, Adult Probation Office, Guadalupe County

  • U.S. fires missiles at Syria

    The Associated Press

    BEIRUT — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s congested skies.