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Today's News

  • Suspicious dorm fire displaces 11 students

    The state fire marshal’s office and Highlands University police are investigating a suspicious fire the broke out Tuesday evening inside a university dorm room.

    The small fire at Connor Hall was contained to a single room, said Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver. It was quickly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, he said.

    No one was injured in the blaze, which apparently started with either a towel or a T-shirt, Weaver said.

    The woman who lived in the dorm was not there at the time.

  • LV man gets drug conviction

    A Las Vegas man has been convicted of multiple drug charges — for the second time in the last 10 years.

    On Feb. 8, a San Miguel County jury found Michael Strand Sr., 52, guilty of trafficking crack cocaine, a first-degree felony.

    Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores said he will “definitely” seek the maximum 18-year sentence for Strand.  The sentencing hearing is set for 10 a.m. March 21 in the courtroom of District Judge Eugenio Mathis, who also presided over the jury trial.

  • Mora county man gets 18 months

    A Mora County man who allegedly tried to get out of trouble by pretending to be his own brother is headed to prison for identity theft.

    Joseph B. Vigil, 39, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to using his brother’s identity for a second time, 4th Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores told the Optic.

  • Let the DA prosecute

    As much as such delays are frustrating — it seems such a long, long time ago that the Jay Quintana case became a court case and even bigger news — it’s probably best to get all questionable or potentially questionable circumstances out of the way before the trial. It should help ensure that the proceedings are fair and just, and will withstand attempts to appeal a jury’s decision.

  • Publisher's Note: Mayoral speculation

    Here’s some premature speculating on next year’s mayoral election, already a hot topic among at least a few Las Vegas political animals.

    I’ve heard eight names thrown into the mix, and having spoken with nearly all of them, can announce the intentions of two in particular.

  • Robertson boys eliminate Braves, face Socorro on Wednesday

    Saturday night’s Robertson-Santa Fe Indian playoff game could have been a cozy reunion for two former district foes, but the No. 4 seed Cardinals were all business, disposing of the Braves 89-47 before a spirited Mike Marr Gym crowd.

    Robertson advances to the Class 3A boys’ quarterfinals and will play Socorro at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Dalan Abreu led Robertson with 20 points and Justin Bustos tallied 14 of his 19 in the first half as RHS ran up a 47-23 lead.

  • West Las Vegas girls cool Hot Springs; No. 1 SFIS is next

    Briana Montaño scored seven of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter Friday night, leading host West Las Vegas past Hot Springs 47-39 in the first round of the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

    West Las Vegas will play the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Santa Fe Indian School, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Cindy Roybal’s Lady Braves dispatched Crownpoint 72-35 in another Friday game.

  • Robertson girls falter against underrated St. Michael’s

    Perimeter prowess helped St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen score a crushing 52-32 upset of host Robertson on Friday evening in the first round of the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

    St. Mike’s, which came into the game as the No. 14 seed, shot its way to leads of 14-2 and 19-9 and never let up against the No. 3 Lady Cardinals.

    Brittany Quintana knocked down a couple of early threes and finished with 12 points for St. Mike’s.

    Jamie Allen, the lone Lady Cardinal in double figures, had 11, unofficially.

  • Mora boys roll into quarters

    High-scoring Mora suffered no first-round hiccups Saturday, blowing past Laguna-Acoma 86-63 in the Class 2A boys’ opener at Montoya Gym.

    The second-seeded Rangers play No. 7 Tucumcari at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Santa Ana Star Center. The Rattlers defeated Navajo Pine 63-53.

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    In one of a few first-round upsets in the 2A girls’ bracket, Pecos’ Lady Panthers (No. 10) nipped No. 7 Clayton on the road Friday 39-35, advancing to a Tuesday quarterfinal with district rival Peñasco, a No. 2 seed.

  • Regis stumps Cowboys

    New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team (4-6, 0-3) couldn’t find an answer for the Regis Rangers in their first three games over the weekend, falling 4-2 on Friday and 8-5 and 3-0 on Saturday.

    Jarod Robinette was the lone Cowboy to collect multiple hits Friday, going 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI. Trent Evins (1-2) struck out seven and held the Rangers (5-4, 3-0) to six hits and two earned runs through six innings but never got the run support he needed to pull out the pitching win.