Today's News

  • Investigation launched

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The New Mexico Corrections Department has launched an investigation into a then warden accused of thwarting an FBI probe into an alleged rape of an inmate by a guard.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 18, 2012

    THUMBS UP! ACCREDITED AGAIN. In the world of colleges and universities, accreditation is always a big deal. And in a town such as Las Vegas, where educational institutions are among the largest employers, an accreditation for the university that trains most local teachers is an even bigger deal. So, needless to say, the Highlands University School of Education’s re-accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a real cause for celebration.

  • Editorial Cartoons - May 18, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca’s last days

    It was a Sunday morning on Feb. 18, 1917. Surrounded by his family, Ezequiel C de Baca died peacefully at age 52, after 49 valiant days as New Mexico’s second governor.

    C de Baca had not sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 1916.

    He genuinely resisted attempts to draft him, protesting that he did not have the funds to wage a campaign. As well, he was feeling in persistent poor health, due to some unexplained ailment.

  • River Walk Clean Up
  • Que Pasa - May 18, 2012

    • The Natural Resources Conservation Service office is taking applications for the National Water Quality Initiative within the Gallinas Watershed. Application deadline is Friday, May 18. Applications can be picked up at the local NRCS office at 1927A Seventh St. or on online @ www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov. For more information, call 425-3594 extension 3.

  • Bike Rodeo is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 21st annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson Complex parking lot on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate. An entry fee of $5 is required which includes a new bicycle helmet. Participants with a safe and legal helmet will be admitted for $1. Entry fees are used to help defray the helmet costs. The child provides the bicycle, and a parent is required to accompany the child.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 18, 2012

    • NCAA Division II Central Regional, matchups TBA, 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m., Mankato, Minn.
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park

    • NCAA Division II Central Regional, matchups TBA, Mankato, Minn.

  • Grant: RMAC track athlete of year

    NMHU and Las Vegas Optic reports

    Jillisa Grant as been selected as the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Women’s Athlete of the Year.

    Grant is a three-time NCAA Division II national champion in the long jump (outdoor, 2011; indoor, 2012) and 200-meter dash (indoor, 2011).
    She is currently ranked among the top three in the nation in the 100, 200 and long jump. She also runs on Highlands’ 400-meter relay team, currently ranked fourth nationally.

  • Region honors Cowboy slugger

    More honors rolled in this week for the New Mexico Highlands baseball team, which is playing in the NCAA Division II Central Regional playoffs this week in Mankato, Minn.

    Kyle Davis, a junior designated hitter for the Cowboys, was named to the first-team all-Central Region for his work leading up to the national tournament.

    Davis has hit. 396 with 42 runs batted in and 35 runs scored.