Today's News

  • State title repeat for Gurule

    West Las Vegas junior Danielle Gurule earned her second consecutive Class 3A state championship in the girls’ discus, beating her nearest competitor by 8 feet, 3 inches, on Friday at UNM Track Stadium.

    Gurule had a throw of 108 feet, defeating runner-up Haley Gansz of Raton (99-9).

  • Lady Dons, Cards put up fight at state

    A ferocious seven-run rally in the sixth inning enabled Portales to overcome West Las Vegas on Friday in the Class 3A state softball tournament, and the Lady Dons were eliminated by a 9-6 score.

    WLV finished 22-7.

    Beginning with Montanna Martinez’s two-run homer to start the game, the third-seeded Lady Dons had held the lead most of the way against the top-seeded Rams.

  • Cowboys go 2-2 in league tournament

    On the heels of another deep run in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, the Highlands baseball team awaited an invitation to continue its season in the NCAA Division II Central Regionals.

    The NCAA was to announce regional matchups on Sunday. (Check Wednesday’s Optic for details).

    NMHU’s resumé includes a 39-14 overall record, including a 3-2 record against nationally ranked Colorado Mesa.

  • Judge blasts co-op action

    Saying he was “flabbergasted” by the procedure used by the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative in disqualifying a candidate for the District 2 trustees position, State District Judge Eugenio Mathis nixed the election scheduled for this past Tuesday and ordered the organization to put Rock Ulibarri’s name back on the ballot.

  • Music Extravaganza

    A tradition is about to be born in Las Vegas. On Saturday, area bands will strut their stuff at several different venues for the Meadow City Music Festival.

    The festival is being organized by Cindy Collins, the executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas, and several organizations.

    “Las Vegas is so fortunate to have such a diversity of great musicians,” Collins said.

  • Rural post offices won’t close

    Rural post offices around the country targeted for closure, including two area post offices, got a reprieve on Wednesday, with the U.S. Postal Service announcing that it is backing away from its plan.

    To save money, the cash-strapped Postal Service instead plans shorter hours for those post offices.

    The announcement is drawing praise both nationally and locally from those who fought to keep their post offices.

  • Civil rights leader to address grads

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A prominent leader in America’s civil rights movement will be this year’s commencement speaker at Highlands University’s main campus ceremony this Saturday.

    Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles became one of the key strategists for the civil rights movement in the early ‘60s, working alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Kyles was at King’s side when King was assassinated.

  • Salman Ranch continues rich tradition

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mike Salman’s family has been growing plants and trees in La Cueva for more than 60 years. So it’s not surprising that Salman, general manager of the Salman Ranch and Nursery, uses methods developed by previous generations while weaving in tricks he’s discovered on his own.

    One of the tricks he discovered is recycling composted raspberry branches back into the soil. “It adds nutrients and keeps the gophers and deer away,” he says. “I also use rocks to help keep the soil around the trees moist.”

  • Looking Back - May 11, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, May 13 — April was the fourth coldest month ever recorded in the history of New Mexico, averaging 1.3 degrees  colder than the lowest previous record, that of April 1908. Except for the last two or three days, the month was cold throughout.

  • Watershed Olympics to be held Saturday

    Gallinas Watershed Olympics, a family event, will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. this Saturday at the United World College USA campus in Montezuma. Kite making and flying, fly casting demonstrations, watershed models, live music, sports, games, music and more will be part of the day’s activities. For more information, call Monica at 575-387-6488 or Lea at 425-5514.