Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 9, 2016


    8 p.m.
    Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias comedy show will take place at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Complex on the campus of Highlands University. Tickets available online at fluffytickets.com. For information, call 454-3238.

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  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 9, 2016

    With the completion of the Highlands University Trolley Building, there’s finally an appropriate home for the university’s Media Arts and Technology Department. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 9, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Notes on the passing small-town scene

    For more than three years now, I’ve been collecting news out of small towns around New Mexico. I launched the Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as a news-sharing service in May 2013 and have been reading many of New Mexico’s smallest newspapers (either online or in hard copies mailed to me) ever since.

  • So we meet again

    At the end of his one and only season coaching West Las Vegas volleyball, Eric Zamora wasn’t in the gym with the Lady Dons, an exile that was either self-imposed or encouraged, depending on the source.

    On Tuesday night, Zamora was back at Gillie Lopez, only this time leading the opponents, Class 5A contender Valencia.

    The Lady Dons, a markedly younger group than the one suited up at the end of last season, gave the visiting Lady Jaguars a tough challenge before falling in four sets, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21.

  • Cowboys in town on Saturday

    New Mexico Highlands football makes its first home appearance of the season on Saturday, when the Cowboys host Colorado School of Mines.

    Also on tap, West Las Vegas (2-0) tests its win streak against perennial contender Portales, while Robertson (2-0) pays Santa Rosa a visit, both on Friday night.

    Jeff Mills’ NMHU team faces an Oredigger side that just stunned defending RMAC champ CSU-Pueblo 57-21. After falling behind 8-0, Mines exploded for 36 unanswered points in the second quarter and saw QB Justin Dvorak throw for 402 yards and six TDs.

  • Beasties sweep Lady Braves

    Freshman Maricela Montoya scored two goals and added an assist Tuesday to lead Robertson past Santa Fe Indian, 4-0, on the road.

    It was the second time this season the Lady Cardinals beat SFIS in shutout fashion.

    Montoya opened the scoring, and Sierra Atencio soon followed with a goal to go with another by Montoya — her third this fall.

    Beasties coach Jeff Houdek praised Montoya’s ability to adapt to the field conditions and weather to dominate at her position.
    Gabrielle Montoya, Savannah Padilla and Victoria Valdez were credited with assists.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 9, 2016

    • Robertson at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Robertson boys vs. Tierra Encantada, 3 p.m., RHS
    • Mora at Fort Sumner Invite, TBA, Fort Sumner
    • Mora JV at Santa Fe Indian tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Mountain View tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho

    Cross country
    • Robertson at Alamosa, TBA, Alamosa, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas at Jemez Valley, TBA, Jemez
    • Mora, Pecos, Mora Middle School, Memorial Middle School at ATC, 9 a.m., Santa Fe

  • Mora superintendent resigns

    Three months after being hired as superintendent of the Mora Independent School District, LeAnne Salazar-Montoya has submitted her resignation.

    “I made a personal decision to focus on my family and doctoral studies,” Salazar-Montoya said Tuesday in a written statement to the Optic. “The safety of my family is my top priority.”

  • West delays decision on school chief

    Employees at the West Las Vegas School District will need to wait a little longer to see who their next boss will be.

    The school board had been planning to hire a permanent superintendent this past Saturday. But during that meeting, the board decided to hold off on its decision.

    The board did, however, narrow the applicant pool down to three. Still in the running are current interim Superintendent Chris Gutierrez, Thomas Graves and Raymond Arsenault.