Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 4, 2012
  • Work of Art - Got a Magic Marker?

    Several months back, around the time Highlands University developed its own license plate, I jumped in line for one of the lower numbers.

    Sharon Caballero, in charge of selling the new tags, called me when someone cancelled an order, and I was able to draw HU00011. A second plate, HU00211, which fits my second car, I got directly from the local motor vehicle department, unaware that Highlands had a stash of the lower-numbered plates.

    Not bad! The lower number makes me feel oh so important; the higher number, 211, reminds me I ought to weigh a lot less than that.

  • Bustos leads all-state selections

    Justin Bustos’ remarkable senior season received a crowning honor this past month with the announcement of his selection to the Class 3A boys’ basketball all-state team.

    Bustos led Robertson in scoring and was among the state and team leaders in several statistical categories, helping the Cardinals reach the state semifinals in March.

  • Cowgirls recover, earn split with Lions

    A pair of bounce-back efforts on Sunday secured a doubleheader sweep and a four-game series split for New Mexico Highlands softball in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play against visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    The Cowgirls, who’d lost both ends of a Saturday twinbill with the Mountain Lions, trailed by three runs in Sunday’s opener but put together four runs in each of the third and fourth innings to prevail 8-4.

  • ‘Cats claim crown

    The Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS — Before his confetti-flecked suit gets back from the cleaners, John Calipari will be on the road.

    Such is life for a coach who recruits all that NBA-ready talent — especially when those players get in the habit of bringing championships back to their ol' Kentucky home.

  • Luna softball finds success on road trip

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    It was a largely successful road trip for the Luna Community College Lady Rough Riders, who swept Clarendon 5-3 and 5-4 last Wednesday and took one of four games from North Platte Community College in games played Friday and Saturday.

    They lost to North Platte 4-3, 10-1 and 8-5 and won 5-3.

    The Lady Rough Riders are now 8-23 on the year.

  • Vatos rumble past Brujos

    Submitted to the Optic

    After solid wins over Las Cruces (31-20) and Albuquerque (28-18), the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos Rugby Club will host Santa Fe  at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Chavez has highlight day

    Anytime you can stay close to — much less defeat — Pecos star Antonio Varela in a race, it’s a very good day.

    Mora’s Alonzo Chavez pulled off that particular feat this past Saturday in the Fox-Vixen Relays hosted by Fort Sumner High School. Running in the boys’ 1,600-meter run, Chavez finished in 4:49, good enough to win the event and edging Varela — the two-time defending state champion in the event — by more than four seconds.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 4, 2012

    Track and field
    • Fabian Trujillo Memorial Invitational (includes Robertson, West Las Vegas, others), 3 p.m., TBA

    • NMHU at Metro State, 3 p.m., Denver
    • LCC vs. Lamar CC (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson boys at Bosque, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

  • Council blasted over zoning

    Plans to build a new child care center for 70 children on the southeast corner of Eighth Street and Friedman have been scrapped, and two members of the Las Vegas Planning & Zoning Commission are blaming election season politics for the outcome.

    The project — which according to the applicant would have resulted in eight to 12 new jobs for the community — would have required a zone change, from the current O-1, or office zone, to a C-1, or neighborhood commercial zone.