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Today's News

  • Work of Art — A prof’s word was law

    At Highlands University in the ‘80s, a secretary I used to know circulated a sheet that contained clever descriptions of the college hierarchy.

    It started with the dean, who was “able to leap tall buildings at a single bound” and was “more powerful than a locomotive.”

    The department head could leap Quonset huts and sometimes win a tug-of-war with a switch engine.

    The full professor left scuff marks trying to leap over a chair. The lowly instructor would trip over his own shoes.

  • Lady Cards drop Taos

    Judith Trujillo’s homecoming to the gym in which she spent ample time in her younger years was enough to put a smile on her face and those of her Robertson Lady Cardinals.

    There, Robertson swept Taos 25-10, 25-23 and 25-14 on Saturday to regain traction in the District 2-3A volleyball campaign.

    The Lady Cards improved to  6-7 overall and 1-1 in district heading into Tuesday’s match against Raton. They host Pojoaque Valley on Saturday.

    “Hopefully we keep building up and start to peak now that it counts,” Trujillo said.

  • Dons XC makes push

    Moises Coca continues his recent streak of top-four finishes for West Las Vegas’ cross country program.

    Coca chased third-place finishes at Jemez Valley and La Cueva with a fourth this past weekend at Los Lunas.

    At Jemez Oct. 2, Leroy “Caro” Armijo’s Dons varsity placed second as a team behind Laguna Acoma.

    West’s middle schoolers also fared well, taking dual third-place trophies with groups stocked mostly with seventh graders.

  • Cowgirl spikers find win column

    Snapping a five-match losing skid, the New Mexico Highlands volleyball team scored an emphatic straight-sets win over visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Each of the games was competitive, but the Cowgirls prevailed 25-20, 25-20 and 25-21 to move to 8-10 overall and 2-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mountain Lions dropped to 7-9 and 3-5, respectively.

    Darian Mullen paced Highlands in kills for the second night in a row, connecting on 13 in 27 attacks and a .370 percentage.

  • No. 12 FLC stops NMHU

    One goal was all that separated the nationally ranked No. 12 Fort Lewis Skyhawks and host New Mexico Highlands on a cool Sunday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Fort Lewis’ score came roughly one hour into the match. Jordan Hix dribbled a pass through to Emma Cannis, who finished for her fourth goal of the season.

    That was it, as the Skyhawk defense quieted the much-improved Cowgirl front line. Highlands managed only four shots on goal, and all four were handled by Caitlyn Espinosa at the FLC net.

  • Bridge Street award celebrated

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A crowd nearing 100 in number gathered at the Bridge Street Breezeway event celebrating Bridge Street’s designation of “One of 10 Great Streets in America” Saturday.

    The crowd was regaled by the music of New Mexico Highlands University Vaqueros de la Sierra, directed by Benny Lucero.

  • Dons school spirit
  • West schools crank up furnaces

    Many residents have turned on their heating systems or started burning wood in their fireplaces recently due to cold night temperatures.  

    The West Las Vegas Middle School and High School finally have heat as well. For years, both schools have had problems with their heating units.

    Via telephone, Bill Kipnis of Energy Concepts Inc. told the school board last week that although the company has not completed all the work, both sites have heat in the buildings.

  • Review - How unusual can you get?

    For the Optic

    One of the kickoff events for NMHU’s 120th Birthday/Homecoming schedule was a variety show Saturday evening at Ilfeld Auditorium, billed “Politics as Unusual Variety Show Featuring New Mexico Elected Officials.”

    They couldn’t have given it a better billing, as the various individuals undoubtedly showed the small but grateful audience a side of the featured public officials in a light that the general public might never have expected.

  • Senate leads hunt for shutdown, debt limit deal

    By Alan Fram
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week, saying it’s unthinkable that political obstinacy would prevent the United States from paying its bills.