Today's News

  • Cowboys hold on to 2nd place in league

    After the weekend’s four-game split with visiting Regis, the New Mexico Highlands baseball team fell four games behind first-place Colorado Mesa in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball standings.

    The Cowboys (29-12 overall, 22-10 RMAC) remain the top team in the RMAC Plains Division. They remain tied for second overall with Colorado State-Pueblo, which also lost Sunday.

  • Highlands closes year with wins

    Highlands’ softball team swept host Sunday’s twinbill at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., earning a series split and punctuating a much-improved season on a winning streak.  

    The Cowgirls finished 26-28 overall and 18-22 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Highlands pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of four Grizzly errors in winning Sunday’s first game 16-7. Then the Cowgirls clamped down on defense to prevail 6-1.

  • Isotopes’ Castellanos honored by PCL

    Albuquerque Isotopes
    and Las Vegas Optic

    Albuquerque Isotopes second baseman Alex Castellanos has been named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for games beginning on April 16 and continuing through April 22 after a torrid week that saw him bat .440.

    The infielder is the first Isotopes player to earn the PCL's weekly accolade in 2012.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 25, 2012

    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field (NEW DATE)
    Track and field
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Socorro, 3 p.m., Socorro

    • NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • District 2-3A tournament, 7:30 a.m., Taos

    • NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney (DH), noon, Brandt Park

  • More bullying alleged

    West Las Vegas Middle School Principal Steve Sandoval has been placed on leave as more parents have come forward to report that he has also bullied their children.

    The district’s decision to place Sandoval came after the guardians of a 15-year-old student told the Optic that they had filed a police report against Sandoval for harassing him and violating his right to an education.

    After that story was published, two more parents reached out to the Optic saying that their sons had also been bullied by Sandoval.

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  • Ex-councilor accused of fraud

    A former Las Vegas city councilor who resigned his elected post in 1994 after he was caught forging checks from San Miguel County is once again facing criminal charges.

    Frank Berged, 44, of Albuquerque and his business partner, Brenda Duggan, 45, of Corrales, have each been charged with five felony counts for allegedly conning an investor. Berged and Duggan have two weeks to surrender themselves to authorities for booking.

  • MainStreet gets $90K for project

    Submitted to the Optic

    MainStreet de Las Vegas has been awarded $90,000 in capital outlay funding for the renovation of the Bridge Street Breezeway.

    Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela announced the capital outlay funding on Thursday during the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Forum.

  • Swing-state unemployment down

    By Paul Wiseman
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON  — The improving economy is swinging the pendulum in President Barack Obama’s favor in the 14 states where the presidential election will likely be decided.

    Recent polls have shown Obama gaining an edge over his likely Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, in several so-called swing states — those that are considered up for grabs.

  • Taking their oath