Today's News

  • Profit is not a dirty word

    This editorial, by Vic Topmiller Jr., recently appeared in the Silver City Daily Press.

    Profit is not a dirty word. It just becomes dirty when abused, and the very association it has with certain people and groups of people is where the dirt comes from.

    Get it? If you get too close to dirty people some of the dirt rubs off. That should be a good lesson for some of us — “If you play with dirt you will soon have dirty hands.”

  • NMHU roundup: Overtime goal lifts Highlands

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Breanna Fatten saw her chance, and she didn’t let it slip away. Fatten slashed inside for a game-winning goal, lifting New Mexico Highlands to a 2-1 women’s soccer triumph in overtime at Colorado Christian on Sunday in Lakewood, Colo.

    The victory gives the Cowgirls and head coach Oscar Mendoza a winning record (2-1-1) in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Second-half sting

    He wasn’t particularly their beloved Paris.

    Black Hills State running back Phydell Paris rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass to help the Yellow Jackets rally to a 50-40 win at New Mexico Highlands on Saturday afternoon at West Las Vegas.

    The Cowboys had largely contained Paris — the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s second-leading rusher — in building a 34-20 advantage by halftime. But Paris found his stride in the second half.

  • Ortiz scored five TDs in RHS win

    A commanding second half lifted Robertson to a 33-20 homecoming victory over Taos in a battle of unbeatens on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Arjay Ortiz’s 47-yard scamper up the western sideline on the opening drive of the third quarter gave the host Cardinals the lead for good at 20-14 after the District 2-4A rivals — ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll — had battled to a 14-14 halftime tie.

    It was one of five touchdowns for the senior quarterback, whose most spectacular play may have been on defense.

  • Looking Ahead, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

    Cross country: Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School at Los Alamos, 3 p.m., Valley Middle School at Taos, 3 p.m.; Volleyball: Cochiti at Valley Middle School, 4 p.m.
    THURSDAY Football: Memorial Middle School vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., TBA; Soccer: Robertson girls and boys at Santa Fe Prep, 4:30 p.m. Volleyball: Taos (A,B,C) at Robertson, 4 p.m., Marr Gym; Pojoaque Valley (A,B,C) at West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Lopez Gym; Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., TBA.

  • Prep roundup: Running with the pack

    Buoyed by a runner-up finish from Miguel Coca, the West Las Vegas boys’ cross country team kept its recent hot streak in Albuquerque going Saturday.

    The Dons placed third in Volcano Vista’s meet, beating a number of big Duke City schools like Del Norte and Manzano. They finished behind only host Volcano Vista and Cibola in the boys’ varsity race.

  • Friday night football: RHS wins battle of unbeatens

       A commanding second half lifted Robertson to a 33-20 homecoming victory over Taos in a battle of unbeatens on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Into the fire

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The environmental health and safety director at New Mexico Highlands University is the safety and technical adviser for an upcoming movie about firefighters killed in a wildland fire.

    For Brian Henington, his work on the film hit close to home.

  • A dispute 150 years in the making

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Sept. 15 scheduling hearing did not really address the merits of a complex Mora County property dispute. However, the number of lawyers involved in the hearing showed how complex Fourth Judicial District case No. D-430-CV-2017-00040 has already become.

    The plaintiffs in the civil suit are Jude and Jacob Regensberg, whose family roots go back to one of the earliest families to settle when land grants were first established in the Guadalupita area in the 1840s.

  • Court invalidates 10 Gov. Martinez vetoes

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Ten vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez have been invalidated by a state district judge because the governor missed deadlines or failed to explain her reasoning, allowing the piecemeal legislation on economic development, high school curricula and hemp production to take effect Thursday.