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Today's News

  • Hope-ful
  • Cowboy wrestlers split duals

    New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team split a pair of road dual meets to close this past week.

    The Cowboys lost 30-9 at Chadron State on Thursday in Nebraska, with Erick Rangel (125 lbs.), Easton Hargrave (174) and Justin Rockhill (197) all winning by decision.

    NMHU rebounded the following night, beating Colorado School of Mines 34-12 in Golden, Colo.

    Hargrave, Cody Marquez (285) and Tre Humphrey (133) pinned their opponents to highlight the dual win.

  • Aggies fall in Chi-Town

    The Associated Press

    CHICAGO  — Clarke Rosenberg scored 20 points and Quinton Pippen added 19 with eight rebounds as Chicago State defeated New Mexico State 86-81 Thursday night.

    The Cougars (8-9, 3-0 WAC) shot 54.9 percent from the field and were 8 of 12 from beyond the arc. Matt Ross scored 17 points, Nate Duhon contributed 12 and Corey Gray had 10 for Chicago State.

  • West teams win Friday

    The following are scores from this past weekend’s Hope Christian basketball tournaments.

    Thursday: Lovington boys 69, West Las Vegas 62
    Los Lunas girls 80, West Las Vegas 49

    Friday: West Las Vegas boys 69, Rehoboth 41
    West Las Vegas girls 63, Hot Springs 26

    Saturday: West Las Vegas boys 63, Bloomfield 34
    West Las Vegas girls 57, Socorro 43

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 20, 2014

    Monday
    No local varsity events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women vs. Northern New Mexico, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Mora, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Wagon Mound, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (B,C) vs. Maxwell, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Capshaw, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym

  • Board may ask Campos to stay

    A Luna Community College trustee who has been one of President Pete Campos’ fiercest critics inquired at a meeting Monday whether the board could have the option of continuing with Campos at the school’s helm a while longer.

    “Can we have the option to bring the president back,” Trustee Ernie Chavez asked at the board of trustees work session.

  • Many volunteers pitch in - Cultural center’s opening is near

    Gloria Gonzales had a dream to create a community center that many can enjoy. Her dream is materializing as the Old Ribera School received its certificate of occupancy on January 3. The news was a long time coming for Gonzales, but there is still work to be done, as her dream is not completely alive.

    “In my dream I saw a building where children were laughing and having fun,” Gonzales said while looking at the 6,395 square foot building that overlooks the valley. “I wanted to make it come alive and it started many years ago.”

  • Espinoza chosen for sheriff post

    The Mora County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Amos Espinoza to the vacant sheriff’s post.

    Espinoza, a native of Mora County, is a volunteer with the Guadalupita fire department and has previously worked as a deputy in the department, said Mora County Manager Rebecca P. Montoya.

    She said Espinoza thanked the Commission at the meeting and expressed that he is looking forward to stepping into the position.  

    Montoya said Espinoza has been a certified law enforcement officer since June 2010.

  • Assessor issues warning over letter

    The San Miguel County assessor and clerk are warning the public to beware of a letter being sent out seeking $83 in exchange for the person’s property deed.

    The letter — from Property Transfer Services, out of Sioux Falls, S.D. — looks like an official government bill, though in small print on the envelope the company does disclose that it is not a government agency.

  • Nonprofit suspends Sanchez

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico has suspended one of its employees after the man was arrested last Friday on drug trafficking charges.

    Andrea Maril, the organization’s chief executive officer, confirmed to the Optic that Raymond J. Sanchez, 32, who resides at 1302 Second Street, has been suspended without pay pending the organization’s own investigation.

    “We did do very thorough background checks  on him initially, and they all came back clear, as did his references,” Maril said.