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Today's News

  • NMHU to end season of frustration

    It’s been like a disappointing fishing expedition.

    There’s been a lot of talk about the one that got away.

    New Mexico Highlands’ football team will wrap up its 2013 slate Saturday with a visit to instate rival Western New Mexico in Silver City. Kickoff is set for noon.

    And regardless of the outcome of that game, the Cowboys and head coach Eric Young may still be wondering what might’ve been.

  • Traynham nets 35; Cowgirls move to 2-0

    Sophomore guard Michelle Traynham exploded for 35 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including seven 3-point baskets in 14 attempts Tuesday night, leading New Mexico Highlands past Northern New Mexico College 69-47.

    After the road triumph in Española, the Cowgirls and head coach Tiffany Darling are 2-0 on the young season.

    Traynham narrowly missed a double-double by pulling down eight rebounds. She had two steals and zero turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

  • Six NMHU wrestlers in top four

    By Vincent Nolasco
    NMHU Sports Information

    Six Cowboy grapplers finished among the top four of their weight classes when New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team competed in the Oklahoma City Open on Nov. 3.

    Highlands head coach Doug Moses brought 20 grapplers (second most in the tournament), and had six wrestle in the Open division and 14 wrestle in the Freshman/Sophomore division.

  • Scherzer, Kershaw cruise to Cy Youngs

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Max Scherzer did most everything on the mound this season — led the majors in wins, started the All-Star game, helped put his team in the playoffs.
    Now, the newly minted AL Cy Young Award winner said he will “wait and see” whether he’s returning to the Detroit Tigers next year.
    Scherzer went 21-3 and was an easy pick Wednesday as the American League’s top pitcher, drawing 28 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 15, 2013

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Montana State-Northern, 5:30 p.m., Phoenix
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Fort Lewis, 7 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    • State tournaments, TBA, Rio Rancho
    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Bethesda, 5:30 p.m., Phoenix
    * West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. St. Michael’s, 10 a.m., WLV
    Football
    • NMHU at Western New Mexico, noon, Silver City
    • Class 3A state playoffs: Robertson at Portales, 7 p.m., Portales
    Volleyball

  • BREAKING: Local coach dies unexpectedly

    Many members of the Las Vegas community are in shock due to the unexpected death earlier today of West Las Vegas High School teacher and volleyball coach Mary Bustos.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson said students and staff in his district are devastated. Bustos was well known throughout the area. She had previously taught and coached at Robertson High School and in the Pecos school district.

    For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • Group surprised with $7K grant

    Volunteers at El Valle Community Center in Villanueva got a special surprise on Monday afternoon from Betul Ozmat of the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    In the entrance room into the old school house now turned community center, Ozmat presented Patricia Gallegos with an award and a $7,000 check for the facility. The center, located in the heart of Villanueva just off NM 3, is one of the 10 organizations across the state to receive the 2013 Chispa Award. Ozmat’s visit was a surprise to Gallegos and the other volunteers.

  • Murder conviction upheld

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a Las Vegas man for the 2009 shooting death of another San Miguel County man.

    Louis Benavidez was sentenced in January 2012 to life in prison for killing Kevin Duran outside of the home where the victim lived with his girlfriend and her six children, including a teenage son who fought with Benavidez two days before the shooting.

  • Devastating fire - Most of family’s possessions lost

    In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, three members of the Lujan family stood outside and watched their home burn to nothing.

    But for the Lujan family was heartened by what happened next. Friends and even complete strangers stepped up to help them. Donations started pouring in, clothes for their teenage daughters were purchased and given to them by friends, and a bank account was set up to help the Lujan family rebuild after the devastating fire.

  • Luna unveils new veterans center

    Officials at Luna Community College marked Veterans Day by holding a grand opening ceremony for the school’s new Veterans Resource Center.

    “When we work together, we accomplish things,” said Luna board member Ernie Chavez, who has advocated for increased services to veterans.

    Chavez, a veteran of the Vietnam War himself, said veterans have a hard time transitioning from a war zone to civilian life, and he expressed hope that the new center would help veterans through that process.