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Today's News

  • Cowgirls take 1 of 5

    Highlands’ softball team came away with one victory in five games in the season-opening Desert Stinger Softball Tournament this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nev.
    The Cowgirls, led by head coach Shellie Broyles, scored a 14-8 win Saturday against Upper Iowa University.

  • East’s screeners given authority

    The Las Vegas City Schools superintendent screening committee will do most of the heavy lifting as the district looks for a new leader.

    At the first joint meeting of the screening committee and incoming and outgoing school board members, it was decided that the board would take a hands-off approach, giving the committee full autonomy in narrowing down the list of applicants. As a result, no school board members will sit on the superintendent search committee.

    Of course, the final selection remains in the hands of the school board itself.

  • Valentines Forever

    Two Las Vegas couples have love stories that have developed over decades.

    Eddie and Viola Quintana have been married for nearly 52 years, while Mauricio and Mary Pacheco will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in April.

    Each of their stories differ, but there is one element in common — love. Their love for their partner has made each of their marriages survive for decades.

  • Trujillo dies, remembered for his gifts

    As an athlete, as a teacher, and as a coach, Fabian Trujillo gave generously of himself in life.

    So it is fitting that he continues to give of himself even in death.

    Trujillo, 50, had agreed to be an organ donor, and that decision was one more gift to his fellow man.

    Trujillo died Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe as the result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident two days earlier on Interstate 25 near Las Vegas.

    Funeral arrangements were pending as of Sunday, a representative of the family told the Optic.

  • Concert for amantes

    The inclement weather did not appear to have dampened the spirits of a capacity crowd at Highlands’ Ilfeld Auditorium on Saturday evening.

    Billed as NMHU Winterfest — A Mariachi Valentine’s Concert, the performance featured Baila Baila, Mariachi Buenaventura and seven-time Hispano Music Awards nominee Reynaldo Maestas.

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  • A couple of bad ideas

    When Gov. Bill Richardson was first elected more than eight years ago, he pledged an open government. It didn’t exactly happen. And when Gov. Susana Martinez was elected last year, she made essentially the same promise. She’s not off to such a bad start in that regard, but only time will tell if her administration is serious about keeping state government open to public scrutiny. More often, a politician is far more committed to openness when running for office than when in office.

  • Publisher's Note: 'Las Vegas, New Mexico'

    I’m going to take a chance here, by publishing lyrics to a song. It’s written by Jim Terr, a Las Vegas native who lives mostly in Santa Fe scratching out a living as a singer-songwriter and making off-beat videos.

    He’s also a big Vegas booster, as his work attests to (google him if you want to see for yourself). He gets much of his inspiration from right here at home.

  • Cowgirls beat buzzer, Mesa

    Whitley Coca’s last-second three-point heave banked off the window and into the hoop, swiping a 57-56 buzzer-beating victory from Mesa State on Friday evening at the Wilson Complex.

    New Mexico Highlands’ women, which lost to Western State 85-59 in Saturday’s regular-season finale, are 12-15 overall and 7-12 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

  • RHS grapples to district title

    Nine Cardinal wrestlers won individual District 2 (1A-3A) championships Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym, ushering Robertson to a team title and assuring everyone on board individual qualification for state.

    Rico Montoya (103), Charlie Armijo (119), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Johnathan Lucero (140), Troy Estrada (145), Daniel Martinez (160), Gabriel Lovato (215) and Sam Marquez (heavyweight) all took first place for coach Richard Martinez’s Redbirds. Additionally, three RHS wrestlers were runners-up and two others placed third.