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Today's News

  • Cowgirls split with Eagles

    Efficiency was the name of the game for New Mexico Highlands’ softball team in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Chadron State in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference pod play.

    The Cowgirls (7-32 overall, 4-24 RMAC) split two games with the Eagles (15-20, 13-15), having lost Sunday’s opener 10-6.

    NMHU got just four hits — two by Ashley Paiz — in the 3-0 victory, but made the most of its baserunning opportunities.

    In the top of the third, Samantha Butler’s sacrifice fly scored Melissa Martinez to break a scoreless tie.

  • Cowgirl track tops region

    For the first time in program history the NMHU women's track and field team sits atop the NCAA Central Region rankings determined by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

    The Cowgirls are leading by nearly 30 points over second-ranked Chadron State. The rankings are determined by a point system that compares performances in each event versus other regional teams. The Highlands women are well ahead of RMAC foes Western State (No. 4) and Adams State (No. 7) in this past week’s ranking.

  • National champ returns to LV

    Las Vegas Optic

    Hector Hernandez, who won a national wrestling championship for Highlands in 1987, will be the special guest speaker in an enchilada dinner fundraiser Thursday.

    The dinner, which doubles as a recognition ceremony for top local high school wrestlers, begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hillcrest Flamingo Dining Room; tickets are available for $20, with proceeds to benefit the NMHU wrestling program.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball
    • LCC at Otero JC (DH), noon, La Junta, Colo.
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Los Alamos, 3 p.m., Los Alamos

    THURSDAY
    Softball
    • Robertson vs. St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., RHS Field
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Mount Sac Relays, 9 a.m., Walnut, Calif.
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Raton Invite, 3 p.m., Raton

    FRIDAY
    Baseball

  • FYI - Sports

    The Optic is looking to provide the most comprehensive area sports coverage available. To submit sports scores, statistics and story ideas, e-mail:
    dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • LV Elite stun Dukes; move to 5-1 overall

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Elite scored one of its most riveting wins of the season over the weekend, handing the previously undefeated Dukes their first loss in Rio Rancho by a 7-6 count.
    The Elite held the Dukes in the first inning and scored one run.

    In the fifth inning, with his team down by one run, Caleb Marrujo was hit by a pitch; he stole his way around to tie the game at 6-6

  • WLV Junior Wrestling
  • Water emergency declared

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously declared a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions on Friday, and city officials announced that  Stage IV water restrictions banning all outdoor watering are now in effect.

    According to the city's resolution, the Gallinas River — the city's main water source — “will most likely not have enough flow to support the city's needs this summer and in the future because of the present drought conditions.”

  • Kidnapping captivated Las Vegans

    The two Colt six-shooters are relics of a bygone era and of a sensational kidnapping case that “stirred the city  to its foundation” a century ago.

    The kidnapping of 2-year-old Waldo Rogers from his home near the Highlands University campus generated relentless media attention with coverage in the New York Times and daily updates in the Optic.

  • Gov. signs budget legislation

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law on Friday a package of financial measures, including a budget allocating $5.4 billion next year for public education and general government programs.

    The budget, as signed, will cut state spending by nearly 3 percent, or $156 million, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.