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Today's News

  • Weekend Roundup - Near miss for Highlands

    For the fourth week in a row, the New Mexico Highlands University football team — assuming the moniker “Cardiac Cowboys” once more — dropped a game it had a shot to win in the closing minutes.

    This time, somehow, on the road against one of the premier schools of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the sting of defeat wasn’t as pronounced.

    Chadron State (6-2 overall, 5-1 RMAC) led nearly all game but had to score a late touchdown to pull ahead of the hard-luck Cowboys (2-6, 1-5).

  • MMS football finishes unbeaten

    Eight wins.

    No losses.

    One happy team and a bunch of proud parents and other fans.

    After an early hiccup, Memorial Middle School’s football team found its typical form Thursday evening, beating their West Las Vegas Middle School rivals 50-6.

    Several hundred fans turned out at the Herrera Complex to watch the game, which was the season finale for MMS; WLVMS has one game left on its schedule.

  • Series shifts to St. Louis

    The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS — Koji Uehara emerged from the dugout, walked onto the field at Busch Stadium and gazed at the gleaming Gateway Arch.

    The World Series scene shifted Friday. And far from the Green Monster and Fenway Park, the Boston closer and many of his Red Sox teammates were eager to look around.

    “I’ve only been in St. Louis since I got off the bus, so I haven’t got much to say,” outfielder Daniel Nava said. “But I’ve heard a lot about it.

  • Cowgirls climb to fifth
  • Crespin to fight Nov. 16

    “El Toro” Arturo Crespin will be back in the professional boxing ring as one half of the main event of an upcoming card in Albuquerque.

    Crespin is scheduled to fight Julio Lanzas of Colorado Springs, headling a Chavez Promotions event on Nov. 16 at the PAL Auditorium.

    The West Las Vegas alumnus has been training in town at his father Carlos Crespin’s gym and also making trips to spar with fellow pro contender Fidel Maldonado, according to the elder Crespin.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 28, 2013

    Monday
    No local varsity events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    Wednesday
    Volleyball
    • Pecos (A,B) vs. Mora, 4:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    Thursday
    Volleyball
    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona

    Friday
    Football

  • Official accused of tirade

    A San Miguel County Commissioner angrily walked off the job at New Mexico Highlands University, but not before crumbling up his suspension letter and tossing it, along with his keys, in the face of his supervisor.

    A university police report filed in the case also states that Ron Ortega threatened the supervisor, Kent Reid, who at the time was the interim director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands.

  • Senior profile - Rufina Ortega

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Born in 1937 to Alberto and Lucianita Trujillo, Rufina was raised in Las Tusas, near Sapello. She is carrying on a family tradition begun by her father, in 1914.

    He served as the contract United States Postal Service mail carrier for the Beulah Route for 50 years. In 1964, Alberto decided to retire, so Rufina bid on the position. She was hired and has been the carrier for the last 49 years.

  • Robertson vandals not scot-free yet

    It has been several months since vandals breached the Robertson High School security system and created a huge mess for staff and students. The vandalism took place a few days before the commencement.

    On Wednesday, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said two private investigators hired by the district have identified several suspects in the case, but their names have yet to be released publicly.

  • High court takes up gay marriage

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court stepped into the fray over gay marriage on Wednesday, with the state attorney general and gay rights advocates urging justices to order county clerks statewide to allow the unions.

    The Supreme Court heard from lawyers in a case that could determine whether gay marriage is legal across New Mexico. The five justices will issue a decision later.