Today's News

  • State brackets unfold

    Las Vegas Optic

    No. 14 seed Pecos stunned No. 3 Capitan Wednesday afternoon at Rio Rancho High in the second round of the Class 3A state softball tournament. The Lady Panthers won 20-6 and advanced to play Rehoboth Christian, a 15-9 winner over McCurdy.

    Pecos baseball saw its strong 2015 campaign come to an end Wednesday morning in the Class 3A state tournament quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Panthers (18-11) lost 15-3 to fifth-seeded Mesilla Valley Christian (13-7) at Lobo Field in Albuquerque.

  • Free hoops clinic Saturday at HU

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team and head coach Brianna Finch are pleased to announce a free basketball clinic for boys and girls, age 6-13, at the Wilson Complex on Saturday.

    The camp will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

    “We are excited to offer a basketball clinic for boys and girls, ages 6-13 years, and all skill levels,” said Finch.

  • Youth Soccer - May 15

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League:

    All U6 games are played at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.

    Peru vs. Italy, Field 1; USA vs. Russia, Field 2; Chile vs. Croatia, Field 3; Greece vs. Mexico, Field 4

    All U8 games are played at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.

    France vs. Portugal, Field 1; Germany vs. Switzerland, Field 2; Belgium vs. Spain, Field 3; England vs. Norway, Field 4; Colombia has a bye

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May 15, 2015

    • State tournaments, Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • State tournaments, Rio Rancho
    Track and field
    • Class 4A-6A state championships, 8 a.m., UNM Track Complex, Albuquerque

    • State tournaments, Albuquerque

  • Cowgirls climb to No. 2 in nation

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team moved up to second in the nation thanks to the 1,600-meter relay qualification for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend.

    Also announced Tuesday were the All-Region honorees across the nation. To be recognized for this honor, athletes had to be in the top five in an event in their respective regions. In New Mexico Highlands’ case, it is in the South Central Region.

  • Budget woes affecting cases

    The Associated Press

    A budget crisis is preventing contract public defenders from being provided for indigent defendants who aren’t jailed, an official said.

    Chief Public Defender Jorge Alvarado recently sent a letter to chief judges statewide explaining the impact of the crisis on his office, the Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday.

  • Riley a noted archeologist - Local scholar gets lifetime award

    For 65 years Las Vegas resident Carroll L. Riley worked as a noted anthropologist, author and an expert in archeology of the southwest.

    On Friday, Riley, 92, received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 43rd annual Heritage Preservation Awards ceremony, for his service in the field of archeology. The ceremony was held at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe and is sponsored by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee.

  • Unorthodox career path for finalist

    Two years after stepping away from his job as a college administrator to pursue an opportunity with a private company, Lucas Lamadrid says he’s ready to return to university life.

    “I think the time is right for me and my family right now,” he said at a recent community forum.

  • Low salaries keeping teachers away

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state legislative report says New Mexico is having trouble retaining teachers and recommends additional pay for certain teaching positions.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee found that only about half of the 871 new teachers who entered the state’s public school system in 2008 were still teaching five years later.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 13, 2015

    Fly fishing in the Gallinas River
    A Fly Fishing in the Gallinas River class will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 at Gallinas Canyon. Cost is $10 and will be taught by Aaron Juarros. To register or for exact location and directions, call Lea at 425-5514.