Today's News

  • Soccer roundup: Cowgirls battle to tie at WTAMU

     Zinnia Hannig’s goal in the 18th minute — coupled with a strong defensive performance from the team — was enough to secure New Mexico Highlands’ women a 1-1 tie at West Texas A&M on Thursday in Canyon, Texas. Hannig, who was assisted by Abigail Chavez, took advantage of a bad clear attempt by the Lady Buffs.

    WTAMU answered less than seven minutes later when Marlene van Mourik took a shot set up by Shanelle Arjoon and Mackenzie Taylor, tying the match. Neither side could break through again.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 8. 2017


    It took a 47-yard field goal by kicker Luke Jones and some strong second-half defense to help put the Highlands University Cowboys back on the winning side. The 23-22 victory for the local crew is welcome news following a 12-loss skid that stretched back to Nov. 7, 2015.

  • Houston, we all have a problem; a huge one

    If ever there was a time to convert to science, this is the moment.

    Hurricane Harvey and the incredible flooding it caused should be reason enough to start believing that global warming is more than a Chinese hoax, as President Trump has said. Like it or not, we had best get ready for a future filled with extreme weather.

  • Editorial Cartoon — Sept. 8, 2017

    Editorial Cartoon — Sept. 8, 2017

  • Students take to streets to defend DACA principles

    By Mercy López-Acosta, Las Vegas Optic

    The signs spoke volumes.

    “Resist,” “We are here to stay,” “Education, not deportation” were some of the slogans on display during a demonstration Tuesday afternoon at Highlands University. Demonstrations occurred across the country after President Donald Trump’s administration announced the dismantling of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

  • Robbery victim kidnapped, forced to strip

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was taken to jail last week after Las Vegas Police say he and another man forced a third man to strip naked at gunpoint while committing a robbery — even though the victim was apparently also provided heroin by the accused.

  • Highlands set to celebrate with parade and much more

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Homecoming is getting under way slightly earlier than usual at Highlands University — but the variety of events and activities will still be vast. This year’s NMHU Homecoming festivities begin Friday and continue through Sept. 17.

  • City Lodgers board makes recommendation

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    In Tuesday’s two-hour, 15-minute special meeting, the City of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax Advisory Board didn’t do a lot of voting or creating of recommendations.

    However, it cleared up a number of responsibility-sharing questions involving the role of the board versus those of various city staff and the Las Vegas City Council, and did make one concrete short-term recommendation on how to distribute lodgers tax funds.

  • Area roundup: Montoya scores five in rout

    Maricela Montoya was a force to behold on Tuesday, rocking the Santa Fe Indian School defense for five goals and one assist as Robertson cruised to a 10-0 shutout in girls’ soccer at RHS Field.

    The Lady Cardinal sophomore has scored eight this season — second on the team behind sister Gabriella’s 11.

  • Dons visit No. 1 Portales; RHS hosts Lions

    With early games against a top-five Class 4A Moriarty team and 5A Grants on the road, it hasn’t been an easy schedule for West Las Vegas’ football team.

    Now the Dons get to visit defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Portales.

    Portales is 2-0 after routing Texico 41-0 on the Wolverines’ home field and doubling up Lovington 42-21. Head coach Jaime Ramirez has led his Rams to 25 wins in the last 27 games, including a 43-14 victory over Robertson in the state championship game Dec. 3 in Portales.