Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoons - May 18, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca’s last days

    It was a Sunday morning on Feb. 18, 1917. Surrounded by his family, Ezequiel C de Baca died peacefully at age 52, after 49 valiant days as New Mexico’s second governor.

    C de Baca had not sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 1916.

    He genuinely resisted attempts to draft him, protesting that he did not have the funds to wage a campaign. As well, he was feeling in persistent poor health, due to some unexplained ailment.

  • River Walk Clean Up
  • Que Pasa - May 18, 2012

    • The Natural Resources Conservation Service office is taking applications for the National Water Quality Initiative within the Gallinas Watershed. Application deadline is Friday, May 18. Applications can be picked up at the local NRCS office at 1927A Seventh St. or on online @ www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov. For more information, call 425-3594 extension 3.

  • Bike Rodeo is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 21st annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson Complex parking lot on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate. An entry fee of $5 is required which includes a new bicycle helmet. Participants with a safe and legal helmet will be admitted for $1. Entry fees are used to help defray the helmet costs. The child provides the bicycle, and a parent is required to accompany the child.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 18, 2012

    • NCAA Division II Central Regional, matchups TBA, 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m., Mankato, Minn.
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park

    • NCAA Division II Central Regional, matchups TBA, Mankato, Minn.

  • Grant: RMAC track athlete of year

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic reports

    Jillisa Grant as been selected as the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Women’s Athlete of the Year.

    Grant is a three-time NCAA Division II national champion in the long jump (outdoor, 2011; indoor, 2012) and 200-meter dash (indoor, 2011).
    She is currently ranked among the top three in the nation in the 100, 200 and long jump. She also runs on Highlands’ 400-meter relay team, currently ranked fourth nationally.

  • Region honors Cowboy slugger

    More honors rolled in this week for the New Mexico Highlands baseball team, which is playing in the NCAA Division II Central Regional playoffs this week in Mankato, Minn.

    Kyle Davis, a junior designated hitter for the Cowboys, was named to the first-team all-Central Region for his work leading up to the national tournament.

    Davis has hit. 396 with 42 runs batted in and 35 runs scored.

  • Isotopes back at ‘the Lab’

    Isotopes and Las Vegas Optic reports

    After some time away, the Albuquerque Isotopes will be back at their own ballpark for a while.

    And so will onetime Isotope Manny Ramirez, albeit in a different uniform.

    Ramirez, now with the Oakland A’s organization, will return to Albuquerque to make a rehabilitation appearance with the Sacramento River Cats when they play the Isotopes on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Go Fish - May 18, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
    Cochiti Lake: May 9, Mike Gianfriddo of Albuquerque caught a 4.5-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a Mepps spinner.