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Today's News

  • Earth Chronicles Project features NM artists

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Earth Chronicles Project: New Mexico art exhibit in Burris Hall Gallery with an artist reception at 5 p.m. this Thursday. The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

    Following the reception, a documentary that features the New Mexico artists in the exhibit will be shown at 7 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 30, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Substitute Groundhog“ by Pat Miller. Free and open to the public.
    • Las Vegas City Schools board election forum, 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the city of Las Vegas Council Chambers. The election takes place Feb. 5. For more information, contact Charlene Jiron at 454-5702.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Tale of two presidents

    Last week, two presidential contracts were approved by the governing bodies of Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University. Luna President Pete Campos got a one-year extension to his contract and Highlands President Jim Fries has three more years. Campos is good through June 2014 and Fries through June 2016.

    It’s no surprise there were stark differences between the public discussions about and the decisions made regarding each of their contracts. Campos and Fries are very different people, as are their bosses’ politics.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 30, 2012
  • Work of Art - Picking Sunday’s winner

    How much do you think Sunday’s Super Bowl commercials on TV will cost? The latest figures show close to $4 million for a 30-second spot and about $8 million for a full minute.

    That comes out to about $126,666 a second. That’s Donald Trump-like money. By contrast — and inflation is a big factor here — a 30-second commercial cost $42,000 back in the late 1960s, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • ‘Boom Boom’ to test win streak Friday

    Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin is on a roll.

    But the Las Vegas fighter faces a fellow New Mexico boxer who is also riding a win streak into this coming Friday’s pro card in Albuquerque.

    Brenda Gonzales, 30, of Moriarty is 2-0 as a pro, although she hasn’t fought in a sanctioned bout in a year and a half. Her victories came against Stephanie Maestas and Bridgette Ruiz, both in their in-ring debuts. The more recent bout was a four-round unanimous decision over Ruiz at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque on June 4, 2011.

  • Highlands sweeps WNMU

    Highlands’ women put a nine-game losing skid behind them. The men won their third in a row.

    Both developments came courtesy of downstate rival Western New Mexico, which visited the Wilson Complex for a Saturday matinee.

    Cowgirls 72, Mustangs 56
    One of NMHU’s best starts of the year gave the Cowgirls enough breathing room to weather a Mustang comeback.

    Highlands shot 57 percent, including an 8-for-15 clip from three-point land, in the first half.

  • Workin’ overtime - Dons edge Cards in extra-session thriller

    Reserve guard Martin “Tino” Castellano buried a three-pointer from the left wing with 13 seconds left in overtime, giving his West Las Vegas Dons insurance in an 88-82 win over Robertson on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    More than a thousand fans were on hand to witness the all-Meadow City contest, which took its place among the more exciting versions in the rivalry’s recent history.

  • Cowgirl tracksters compete in UNM indoor meet

    New Mexico Highlands’ women had a solid showing at this past weekend’s New Mexico Invitational hosted by UNM in Albuquerque.

    Jillisa Grant placed sixth in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.06.

    Shot put participants Brittney Sangwin and Elizabeth Robertson landed ninth and 10th respectively in their event, throwing for 12 and 11.89 meters.

    Stephanie Gomez (19th, 5:45) led the Cowgirl contingent in the mile run. Former West Las Vegas standout Amanda Ortzow (21st, 5:55) and Brianna Cathcart (22nd, 6:06) followed.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 30, 2013

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex (RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 11)

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys (A,B) at Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora girls at Santa Fe Prep, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Raton, 5:30 p.m., Raton