Today's News

  • Cowboys rally past Hounds

    Surging New Mexico Highlands had to rally for three runs in the seventh inning to steal an 11-10 win Tuesday over visiting Eastern New Mexico.

    It was Highlands’ 10th consecutive victory and elevates the Cowboys to 12-5 overall. Head coach Steve Jones, who won his 500th career coaching victory on Sunday, moves to 501-354.

    ENMU fell to 11-6.

    Jarod Jamerson drove in five runs and went 2 for 4 with a home run and a triple to lead the Cowboys at the plate.

    Jordan Goliat, Jordan Chavez and Chris Pile each had two hits for Highlands.

  • Three-on-three: Luna hosts hoops for community

    Submitted to the Optic

    Basketball is coming to Luna Community College in the form of intramurals.

    The Luna Wellness Center staff will be starting a basketball intramural program for both LCC students and community members.

    The goal is to hold three-on-three competition three days out of the week. There will be maximum of five players per team.

  • West LV sluggers tie with Moriarty

    West Las Vegas’ baseball team battled to an 8-8 stalemate with host Moriarty on Tuesday evening, with the game being called due to darkness.

    The Class 4A Pintos were a late addition to the Dons’ schedule. West had been originally slated to play at Class 1A Questa on Thursday, but when that fell through, Moriarty agreed to a game.

    Jorge Gallardo paced the West Las Vegas offense, going 2 for 3 and scoring three runs.

  • Go Fish - March 15, 2013

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.


  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 15, 2013

    • LCC vs. Clarendon College (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • State tournaments, TBA
    • LCC at Adams State JV (DH), 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • Robertson at Santa Fe High quad, 7:30 a.m., Santa Fe
    • LCC vs. Clarendon College (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Metro State (DH), noon, Brandt Park

  • Tainted heroin alert issued

    The San Miguel County Detention Center and its health care provider have issued a warning that tainted heroin is suspected in the death of one former inmate and in three other inmates becoming ill and having to be rushed to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Warden Patrick Snedeker said Monday that there’s no doubt in his mind that contaminated heroin is responsible for what he and his staff have seen over the last few weeks. They suspect that the heroin has been mixed with bath salts.

  • Ex-cop accused of bribery

    The former Las Vegas police officer who was arrested and charged last September with fraud and other crimes is back in jail on new charges.

    Shawn Montoya, 41, of the 700 block of Dora Celeste, was arrested last week on multiple felonies and misdemeanors. Court documents allege that Montoya once again forged documents to make it appear as though he was a licensed contractor in good standing.

  • City investing in ballpark upgrades

    The city of Las Vegas has begun investing in improvements to its Rodriguez Park complex to spruce it up for the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs.

    The City Council earlier this month signed off on two measures. The first one was awarding a bid to Rio Rancho-based Carreon Construction for decorative fencing and a gate for the front of the park. The bid was for $63,300. City councilors voted unanimously to approve that measure during a special meeting on March 1.

  • Supreme Court takes up gay bias case

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — In a case that tests anti-discrimination protection for gays, a religious rights group told the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday that a photographer who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple was exercising her rights to free speech and artistic freedom.

    The First Amendment should exempt Elaine Huguenin and her Albuquerque business, Elane Photography, from state laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the high court.

  • Looking Back - March 13, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, March 15 — A group of Robertson High School students are assisting director Mrs. Betty Evetts, drama instructor, in the production of an all-school pay, “Bull in a China Shop.” The play is to be presented at Ilfeld Auditorium. The students include Lewis Terr, Stanley Potocki, Billy Wertz, Danny Montgomery, Janelle Wootton, Susan Bunker, Luana C de Baca, Karen Donnell, Judi Murray, Charles Finley, Diane Parmer and Laurie Terr.