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Today's News

  • Editor's Note - Name dropping, Part 2

    The Optic is bigger than any one person. It’s an institution in Las Vegas — one that’s critical to the community’s life and livelihood.

    This institution, however, is run by people whose collective contribution to our product has been a source of great pride for me, since I’ve had the honor of being at the helm for more than eight years.

  • HU’s Rockhill earns nationals bid

    Justin Rockhill will be representing New Mexico Highlands University in the NCAA Division II national wrestling tournament beginning Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

    Rockhill, who competes in the 197-pound weight class, earned the trip by placing fourth in the Super Region 4 tourney, which doubles as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships, on Feb. 22-23.

    The top four of each weight class in regionals advance to the national tournament.

  • District tourneys - A big assist

    MORA — It’s fitting that in her one minute and 24 seconds of playing time at the end of Mora’s 58-29 win over Santa Fe Prep in the District 2-2A girls’ championship Friday night, Kayla Romero got into the stat book with an assist.

    She drew a Prep defender toward the top of the key, then dished the ball to Maria Garcia, who popped in a three-pointer from the left corner for the Rangerettes’ final points.

  • Cowboys take series vs. Grizzlies

    Welcome to the RMAC baseball scene, Adams State Grizzlies.

    New Mexico Highlands opened the league schedule with three straight wins against the Grizzlies, in their first year of baseball since 1976.

    NMHU won 7-4 on Friday, then took a sweep (14-3, 6-5) on Saturday at Brandt Park.

    Jordan Goliat went 3 for 4 and Matt Gualco was 1 of 2 with three runs batted in in game one.

  • Dons sluggers split opener in Socorro

    Jake Ulibarri hit two doubles and a triple and Andy Gabaldon and Gilbert Garcia had strong outings as the West Las Vegas baseball team opened its season with a split in Socorro on Saturday.

    The host Warriors nipped West 4-3 in the first game, but with Pancho Caro on the mound, the Dons got even with a 12-0 shutout in game two.

    “Overall, I’m very happy with the team. Once the butterflies were out, they all did great,” said Ryan Gabaldon, who made his debut as WLV head coach.

  • RMAC Shootout slate all set

    New Mexico Highlands will be the seventh seed in this week’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout and will play at Adams State, the two seed, 7 p.m. Tuesday in Alamosa, Colo.

    ASU is 19-7, 16-6.

    Joe Harge’s Cowboys (13-13, 11-11) punctuated the regular season Saturday with a 70-67 win at Western New Mexico.

    Mannie Cass and Lavell McDade scored 19 apiece in that win.

  • Breaking: Judge Mathis resigns post

    State District Judge Eugenio Mathis was forced to resign Thursday following allegations that he engaged in improper conduct.

    Mathis, who has been a judge for 20 years, will never again be allowed to hold judicial office under an order approved by the state Supreme Court Thursday afternoon.

    The court documents related to this matter were sealed until late Thursday, after the Optic's Friday edition had gone to press.

  • Lawsuit filed over explosion

    The west-side man who lost his house to a gas explosion two years ago is suing the city, alleging that its negligence caused the destruction of his Church Street home.

    John Singletary’s lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of both the city gas department and the city fire department. The lawsuit, filed in February in state District Court in Las Vegas, seeks unspecified compensatory damages and costs.

  • Senior profile - Bernabe and Nancy Up-the-grove Jaramillo

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    It can be asserted that Las Vegas, New Mexico, is a treasure trove of fascinating individuals from diverse backgrounds. These interesting people live among us and enrich our existence with their life stories and what they “bring to the table.”

    Such is the case with the local couple, Bernabe (Bernie) and his wife, Nancy Up-the-grove Jaramillo.

  • Luna board members sling mud

    Members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees aren’t holding back when it comes to hanging out their colleagues’ dirty laundry for all to see.

    Last week, board member Abelino Montoya Jr. disclosed the thousands of dollars in payments collected by board chairman Jerry Maestas for attending meetings, accusing him of setting a bad example and lining his pockets at the expense of taxpayers.