Today's News

  • Tri-Cities basketball tourney comes to Mora Dec. 27-29

    Mora High School will host the annual Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament, one of the premier small-school events of the hoops season, beginning on Thursday of next week.
    The eight-team tournament will run through Saturday, Dec. 29, at Montoya Gym in Mora.
    In the opening afternoon session, Santa Rosa plays McCurdy at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. That game will be followed by Pecos vs. Escalante at 3 o’clock.

  • Mines athletics leads nation

    Submitted to the Optic
    CLEVELAND — After the completion of seven fall NCAA championships, Colorado School of Mines remains atop the standings in the Learfield Cup, a nationwide competition measuring performance in up to 14 intercollegiate sports.
    Colorado School of Mines, based in Golden, Colo., is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and a rival of New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Coach joins call for action to prevent violence

    By Rusty Miller
    AP Sports Writer
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Moments after his team lost a basketball game, Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey spoke of a bigger loss.
    The first-year coach of the Eagles gave an impassioned plea for government and private leaders to act soon to prevent further massacres such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week that left 20 children and six adults dead at the school.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 21, 2012

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Española Valley, TBA, Española (RESCHEDULED FROM TUESDAY)
    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Portales, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas freshman boys at Maxwell Invite, TBA, Maxwell
    • Mora Middle School girls at Questa, 4 p.m., Questa
    • Robertson at Greeley Invite, TBA, Greeley, Colo.
    • Mora girls (A,B) vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym

  • BREAKING: Lucero and Ludi running unopposed

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Gabriel Lucero and West Las Vegas School board member Christine Ludi are running unopposed for their seats during the Feb. 5 election.

    The candidates running for Position 5 in the West Las Vegas School Board are incumbent David G. Romero and Jessica D. Torres.

    Las Vegas City Schools board election candidates are: Incumbent Ernesto Salazar and Sean Medrano for Position 1; Luis Ortiz, Alexis Mamaux and Carlos A. Perea are competing for the Position 5 seat.

  • Castañeda Hotel has a buyer

    The owner of the Castañeda Hotel has accepted an offer for the historic Railroad District property, although the deal could take six or so months to close, according to the Phoenix man who made the offer.

  • Spirit of the Season
  • Tiny DWI victim fuels push for tougher laws

    By T.S. Last
    Albuquerque Journal

    In New Mexico, the Baby Brianna bill toughened child abuse penalties, and Katie’s Law allowed DNA testing for anyone suspected of committing a felony.

    Could Dimitri’s Law be next?

    On Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez met with Aileen and Zach Smith, whose baby boy, Dimitri, died of injuries suffered in a car accident last June near Las Vegas, N.M., about a minute after being born by emergency Cesarean section at a Santa Fe hospital.

  • West still dealing with heating issues

    Heating problems continue to plague the West Las Vegas School district.

    During a recent Dons basketball match against the Española Valley Sundevils at Gillie Lopez gym, fans and players bundled up as the heating unit for the complex malfunctioned, leaving the facility without any heat during freezing temperatures.

    On Thursday, board member Christine Ludi didn’t hold back, criticizing district officials for failing to have a backup system to address these issues. Heating issues have wreaked havoc for the west side school district for years.

  • Arrest warrant issued for HU official

    Las Vegas police filed documents in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday charging New Mexico Highlands University Associate Athletic Director Gavino Archuleta with several crimes stemming from the Nov. 17 incident in which he allegedly grabbed another athletics department employee’s genitals.

    The criminal complaint charges Archuleta, 29, with criminal sexual contact and false imprisonment, both fourth-degree felonies and with three petty misdemeanor counts of battery.