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Today's News

  • Sad ending, self-inflicted

    The forced resignation of Eugenio S. Mathis as district judge was a sad but necessary ending to an otherwise impressive 20-year career on the bench. On Feb. 28, the New Mexico Supreme Court signed off on an agreement that required he step down from his 4th Judicial District position and never again hold a judicial office in the state.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 11, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Where a misfit might just fit

    First, let’s clear up a rumor. The Optic is not going to close. That makes no sense. Since I’ve been running this newspaper, we’ve ended every year in the black, always with a positive profit margin, and I’d be willing to wager that’s been the case every year since Russell Kistler printed the first edition in 1879.

    But let’s not start this farewell column there. Instead, return with me to when another esteemed newspaper did close. Oct. 18, 1991. That was the day the Gray Old Lady died.

  • Highlands athletes invade Birmingham

    Three noted New Mexico Highlands University athletes joined counterparts from around the country for national championship competition over the weekend in Birmingham, Ala.

    Birmingham was the host site for both the NCAA Division II indoor track and field and wrestling nationals.

    Highlands’ Jillisa Grant and Danisha Phipps made the trip for the Cowgirl track and field team. Unofficially, their efforts landed NMHU a 26th place team finish in the indoor nationals.

  • One and done for Vegas teams

    The Pecos Panthers will be going to the Santa Ana Star Center for this week’s state basketball quarterfinals.

    So will the Mora Rangerettes.

    And count the defending state champion (Class B) Wagon Mound Trojans in for their quarters, which play out at Bernalillo High School.

    But no teams from Las Vegas proper will join them, having been eliminated in games over the past weekend.

    CLASS 2A BOYS
    No. 2 seed Pecos throttled No. 15 New Mexico Military Institute by a 90-70 count on Saturday evening at Sanchez Gym.

  • RHS, WLV softball teams unbeaten

    Robertson softball got off to a promising start by winning a season-opening tournament at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque over the weekend.

    The Lady Cardinals went 3-0 over the weekend, defeating Estancia, Sandia Prep and Rehoboth by scores of 12-0, 25-7 and 8-3.

    RHS returns to action in the St. Michael’s tourney March 21-23 in Santa Fe.

    • • •

    West Las Vegas softball also had a good weekend, sweeping Lovington on the road.
    Game scores were 16-5 and 11-6.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 11, 2013

    Monday
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Christian (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    • Class B state tournament girls’ quarterfinals, beginning 8 a.m., Bernalillo
    • Class 2A state tournament girls’ quarterfinal: Mora vs. Clayton, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    Wednesday
    Baseball

  • Luna election results in

    With the fate of two Luna Community College Board of Trustees races hanging in the balance, Thursday’s canvassing meeting took on a tense mood as County Clerk Melanie Rivera explained the process and rebutted claims of irregularities and alleged bias.

    And in the end, the two races up in the air — the District 7 race, which was tied and the District 3 race, which had the top two candidates separated by a single vote — were decided.

  • For love of the game - Reffing tourney honor for brothers

    As state basketball tournaments begin this weekend, all eyes will be on the players who have the honor of duking it out for a trophy and the bragging rights that come with it. But it’s also a big deal for the officials calling the games, including the Vigil brothers, who got their start in Las Vegas.

    Carl Vigil Jr. has been selected to officiate next week’s state basketball championship tournament in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. His younger brother, Curtis, will be calling basketball games this weekend as well. Curtis has also officiated college level games.

  • Man accused of giving liquor to girl

    Las Vegas police have charged a local man with two fourth-degree felonies for allegedly buying liquor for a Robertson High School student last week.

    Police secured an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Michael Blanchard, whose address is listed as HCR 81 Box 350A in Las Vegas. Blanchard is facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and selling or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor.

    Online court and jail records indicate that Blanchard had not yet been arrested as of Thursday morning.