Today's News

  • Cowboys recover for day-two sweep of Rangers

    The New Mexico Highlands Cowboys (29-11, 22-9 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) used six pitchers to earn two wins (by scores of 5-1, 15-13) against RMAC foes Regis University (20-20, 15-16 RMAC) on Saturday at Brandt Park.

    Matt Gualco improved to 5-1 in his complete game in the first half of the doubleheader. Gualco’s outing included six strikeouts and two walks. Gualco also made an appearance in the second game as a pinch hitter against the submarine-style pitcher Hunter Aronson.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 23, 2012

    • Robertson at Capital CIty Invite, 9 a.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton, 3 p.m., WLV field
    • LCC at Otero JC (DH), 1 p.m., La Junta, Colo.
    • Robertson at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton, 4 p.m., WLV field
    No local varsity events scheduled

  • Spencer Theatre to bring magic to Vegas

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    International Magicians of the Year-The Spencer’s Theatre is coming to the Meadow City with a show at 7 p.m. this Tuesday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Kevin and Cindy Spencer have been called modern-day Houdinis who leave their audiences spellbound with their unique blend of high-tech spectacle, drama and danger.

  • Que Pasa - April 20, 2012

    • “Alice in Wonderland” by American Family Theatre (children’s broadway musical), 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. Tickets: General admission: $ 8, local students w/valid I.D.’s: $6, NMHU students w/valid I.D.’s and children (10 years and under): $5. Advance tickets, call 505-454-3238 or visit KEDP radio station, studio 103.

  • A huge turnaround

    In December of 2006, shortly after Jim Fries had been named a finalist for the Highlands presidency, he was asked how long he planned to stay if picked for the job.

    “’Til I wear out,” he responded half jokingly.

    His response may have been made in jest, but given the seemingly never-ending turmoil at the university at that point in its history, his joke hinted at the long road ahead for the embattled university.

  • Ex-con treasurer gives $45K to wife’s race

    CORRECTION: An Albuquerque Journal article appearing in the April 20 Optic about former state Treasurer Robert Vigil’s $45,000 donation in old campaign funds to the candidacy of his wife, Viola, contained an inaccuracy. The Roberta Vigil who is the treasurer of Viola Vigil’s campaign is the daughter of Viola and Robert Vigil. She isn’t the Roberta Vigil who is married to state Rep. Richard Vigil, D. Ribera.

  • Robert Vigil responds

    Former state treasurer Robert Vigil acknowledged that the Albuquerque Journal column reporting that he had contributed money to his wife Viola's treasurer campaign was accurate, but he said the newspaper sensationalized the story.

    “I did contribute that money to her campaign, which, as the article says, is perfectly legal. As far as the article, of course it's sensationalization of things... That's just part of selling newspapers,” Vigil said Wednesday.

  • Breaking Ground

    Area ranchers needing to have their cattle slaughtered and processed for meat can either do it themselves or else transport their animals to slaughter houses in Raton or Fort Sumner and hope the processing plants aren’t too busy.

    Timoteo Martinez and his family are hoping to change all that, and they’re betting the ranch on its success. They broke ground this week on a slaughterhouse on the old sale barn property off the frontage road, and they’re hoping to have their business up and running by August.

  • Man, 70, arrested on drug charges

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force arrested a 70-year old Las Vegas man on Tuesday on several drug charges.

    Mauricio Tapia, whose address in court documents is listed as the 200 block of Delgado Street, has been charged with trafficking crack cocaine, a first-degree felony, distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of suboxone and two counts of possession of hydrocodone.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño issued a warning to anyone engaged in illegal drug activity.

  • Looking Back - April 20, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 10 — The baseball season in Las Vegas will open on May 16 with the first of a series of four games between the Dawson aggregation and the Maroons. Such was the announcement made this morning by assistant manager J.B. Duncan Jr.