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Today's News

  • Cowgirls to host clinic, tourneys

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NMHU women’s basketball team will host various events throughout the winter and spring to provide recreational activity to the community. Cowgirl Head Coach Tiffany Darling has scheduled several sessions of her “Little Dribblers” skills camps for the children of Las Vegas. The Cowgirls will also host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to allow the ballers of Las Vegas to show their skills.

  • Wolves extend streak to 36

    Held to an abysmal 11 percent efficiency in converting third-down situations, the New Mexico Highlands University football team racked up 430 largely fruitless yards Saturday in a 47-21 loss to Colorado State-Pueblo.

    CSUP (10-0, 8-0) clinched at least a share of its third consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship and can win the title outright next weekend against Western State.

    The ThunderWolves have won 36 straight regular-season games and 31 in a row against league foes.

  • Cowgirl spikers forge weekend split

    Eight Cowgirls contributed kills Saturday night as the New Mexico Highlands volleyball squad swept Western State at the Wilson Complex.

    The quick 25-22, 25-20, 25-16, victory gave Highlands a split of its weekend homestand. The Cowgirls had lost to Adams State 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, the previous evening.

    Darian Mullen led NMHU in kills both matches. She had 19 on Friday and 13 on Saturday.

    NMHU hit a healthy .237 to keep the Mountaineers winless in league play.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 11, 2013

    Monday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Portland Bible College, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Northern New Mexico, 6 p.m., Española
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS Gym
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Portales

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Portland Bible College, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    Wrestling

  • City easing water restrictions

    Just in time for winter, the city of Las Vegas is easing its water restrictions, allowing irrigation of your now dormant grass and other outdoor vegetation.

    While there might not be much need for outdoor irrigation right now, the relaxed restrictions do allow city water users to wash their cars at home, something they haven’t been able to do legally for years. But you’d  better use a hose with a shutoff nozzle. Failure to do so could open you up to a fine.

  • Rehab for raptors - Bird-spotting Sundays at refuge

    With winter on the horizon migrating birds are traveling south to warmer temperatures. On Sundays, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will have various programs allowing the public the opportunity to spot the migrating birds within the refuge’s 8,672 acres.

    Interpretive programs take place each Sunday with one at noon and another at 1:30 p.m. at the refuge visitor center.

    Along with the programs, there is a Special Wildlife Kids Crafts with various themed crafts between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., also at the refuge visitor center.

  • Regents move ahead on trolley building

    New Mexico Highlands University regents have selected an Albuquerque firm to create the design for the historic trolley building, which will eventually house the university’s media arts program.

    Baker Architecture + Design was selected for the project last Friday. Regents spent several hours discussing the project and interviewing a total of three finalists for the design phase. The other firms interviewed but not selected were Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and Autotroph.

  • Woman accused of filing false report

    A 21-year-old Las Vegas woman was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of making a false police report this week after police say she left the scene of an accident and then reported her car stolen.

    Arlene H. Gonzales, of the 500 block of South Grand Avenue, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Monday, and she was still there Wednesday, according to online jail records.

    Police say Gonzales eventually admitted that she was in her vehicle at the time of the crash but denied that she was the driver.

  • Suit says anal probes ordered after traffic stop

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    A southern New Mexico man who was pulled over for not making a complete stop was taken to two hospitals and forced to have anal probes, three enemas, two body X-rays and a colonoscopy because police thought he was hiding drugs, according a federal lawsuit. In El Paso, a woman crossing the border was strip-searched, vaginally probed then taken to the hospital for more invasive tests, a forced bowel movement, X-rays and scans, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

  • Review - Book showcases areas’s rich history

    “The Las Vegas area has long been a place for gathering. Geography is the reason.”   

    Thus begins the introduction to “Images of America: Las Vegas,” a collection of photographs, loosely organized according to historical periods in the life-span of Las Vegas. The Introduction traces the history of the town in a sort of prose outline. However, the part that draws readers in is the large array of photographs.