Today's News

  • Voting in the runoffs

    We anticipate, on the eve of Las Vegas’ first runoff election, that the turnout will be low. Most runoffs in other locales turn out fewer voters than the election that preceded them, and that’s likely to be the case here in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 16, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A letters ‘explainer’

    This is what people in the news business call an “explainer” piece, where I offer up insights about how letters to the editor get published here at the Optic. Whether you’re a letter writer or simply a letter reader, hopefully you’ll find this informative.

    I have the privilege of handling the letters sent in for publication. In a typical week, I get a steady flow of letters, mostly by e-mail, a few typed up and dropped off or mailed in, and one or two a week sent in someone’s handwriting.

  • Grant: RMAC athlete of month

    For the first time, a New Mexico Highlands University athlete has been honored by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as its Athlete of the Month.

    It’s appropriate that it’s the lone Highlands competitor to have won a national championship this year — Cowgirl track and field standout Jillisa Grant.

    Grant won national championships in the long jump and the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 9-10 in Mankato, Minn. She was one of just two multiple event winners in the meet.

  • Cowboys bury Orediggers

    The lead switched hands four times Saturday afternoon before New Mexico Highlands’ four-run surge in the bottom of the sixth claimed a hard-fought 11-9 triumph over visiting Colorado School of Mines.

    The back-and-forth nature of the game — the second in a three-game weekend series — served up drama that didn’t really reflect the Cowboys’ strength in winning the first three contests.

  • Isotopes open home slate

    Albuquerque (3-7) blinked first in the 13th inning of a four-hour, 21-minute Saturday night marathon against Omaha at Isotopes Park, falling 14-10 in just the second home game of the year.

    The visiting Storm Chasers pulled ahead with five runs in the top of the 13th to end a 9-9 stalemate that had stayed intact since a two-run ‘Topes rally in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

  • Prep Roundup: District race opens; Redbirds split with Taos

    Throwing a wrench into the Robertson Cardinals’ strong start to the District 2-3A baseball schedule, the Taos Tigers earned a road split Saturday at a wind-swept Whorton Field.

    The host Cardinals (13-6) cruised to a 10-0 win in game one and led 4-1 in game two but allowed Taos to rally back for a 6-4 win.

    “The first game, we played sound baseball,” said Robertson head coach Tony Renon. “Antonio Arguello did an outstanding job on the mound, throwing a shutout.”

  • Cowgirls go halfers with Skyhawks

    Highlands (23-25) generated two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-2 win in Saturday’s series opener against visiting Fort Lewis.

    Erica Wieck hit an RBI double, and she and Brittany Potter each collected two hits in the Cowgirl victory over their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes.

    Jessica Brink (9-6) held the Skyhawks to six hits, three walks and two runs — both unearned — in a seven-inning performance that also included five strikeouts.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 16, 2012

    • Robertson at Los Alamos Invite, 9 a.m., Los Alamos

    • Robertson at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson at Hope Christian Invite, 8 a.m., Albuquerque
    • Robertson at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV field


  • FYI - Sports - April 16, 2012

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Department is looking for people interested in serving as umpires for adult softball league games. Season starts May 7. Check with the Abe Montoya Recreation Center for more information.

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