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Today's News

  • FYI - May 5

    The New Mexico State Police will conduct multiple DWI checkpoints in San Miguel and Mora Counties this month. State Police will also conduct multiple DWI Saturation Patrols, random Driver’s License and Registration Checkpoints as well as speed enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement projects throughout May.

  • Naturalization Ceremony Friday at Fort Union

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument announced its first Naturalization Ceremony to be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the monument located near Watrous. This is an opportunity for some to become the first in their family to earn American Citizenship.

  • Que Pasa - May 5, 2014

    WEDNESDAY
    MIÉRCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING &
    ONGOING

  • Give Grande, Las Vegas

    Nonprofit organizations play such a vital role in every community throughout this nation. In some instances they serve as a safety net, engaging in such activities as providing meals to the hungry and shelters for the homeless. In other instances, they serve as advocates for important causes like revitalizing a city’s downtown district and helping out troubled or abused kids.

    In almost every instance, they enrich our communities.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 5, 2014
  • Another Perspective: Acequias important to area

    Indo-Hispanos have created an intimate relationship with the land and growing crops for subsistence for over a hundred years in New Mexico.

    They built acequias — communal irrigation systems — not only to sustain an agricultural lifestyle, but also to nurture an organic and communal way of life. Researchers affiliated with the Rio Grande Bioregions Project initiated a pioneering collaborative, farmer-led, and interdisciplinary study of Colorado and New Mexico acequias in 1995-99.

  • Harge, Darling out at NMHU

    Both of New Mexico Highlands University’s head basketball coaches will end their six-year tenures with the school, the Optic learned late this past week.

    Details were not made clear as of press time, but a source with the school administration confirmed that both coaches Joe Harge and Tiffany Darling are leaving NMHU.

  • District champs!

    The Meadow City figures to be well-represented when the New Mexico state tennis championships begin this Wednesday in Albuquerque.

    Robertson swept to twin team district championships on the boys’ and girls’ sides over the weekend in Taos, also taking home individual championships in boys’ singles, boys’ doubles, girls’ singles and girls’ doubles. RHS will send a total of seven girls and six boys to state. West Las Vegas adds one girl to the mix as well.

  • Lady Cards soar to district softball title

    Robertson softball added an exclamation point to its regular-season District 2-3A championship by handling Taos on the road Saturday.

    Final scores: 15-5 and 20-2 RHS.

    The Lady Cardinals (16-8 overall, 9-2 district) and head coach Adrian Jaramillo awaited the state tournament seeding, to be announced Sunday afternoon by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    The Lady Cards and their Robertson baseball brothers — who fell 5-2 and 11-3 at Taos on Saturday — were projected as likely hosts for first round games.

  • Cowboys dash past ‘Runners

    Winning three of four over the weekend against Metro State in the regular-season finale pushed New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team over the coveted 30-win threshold.

    It’s become a common milestone for Steve Jones-led teams.

    Bigger prizes await for this one, which finished the regular season 31-18 overall, 28-11 in league play and 16-7 at Brandt Park.

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament begins this week in Grand Junction, Colo.