Today's News

  • Mora wins Lady Lion Classic

    In 2011-12, Mora captured an early-season championship in Santa Rosa’s Lady Lion Classic and went on to a district title and deep state tournament run.

    The Rangerettes look like they want some more where that came from.

    Mora improved to 4-0 and repeated as champions of the Lady Lion Classic over the weekend, finishing the three-day event by defeating Española Valley’s junior varsity 62-44 in the championship game on Saturday night.

  • RHS grapplers debut in SW Duals

    RIO RANCHO — Robertson’s wrestling team got most of what it was looking for in the team’s first event of the season.

    The Cardinals’ debut came at the Southwest Shootout Duals hosted by Rio Rancho High School on Friday and Saturday.

    A loaded field of teams from throughout the region took part in the event. Robertson was one of just a couple small-classification schools from New Mexico to participate.

  • Lady Dons defeat Ruidoso

    A balanced effort from the West Las Vegas Lady Dons led to a 68-42 road win at Ruidoso this past Saturday.

    West improved to 4-0 with another road trip set for Tuesday, when the Lady Dons were to visit Socorro. West Las Vegas then plays in this coming week’s Capital City Invitational.

    Briana Hidalgo delivered one of her best performances by scoring a team-high 15 points, collecting seven rebounds and five steals to lead West on Saturday.

    Hidalgo had ample help. Michelle Tapia tallied 14 points and eight boards. Jayme Quintana scored 10.

  • Mesa defends turf vs. NMHU hoops squads

    Trailing by just three with 24 seconds left, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team couldn’t muster any more offense in an 81-75 defeat Saturday at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Dominick Baca’s three-pointer had reduced the deficit to 78-75, but Landon Vermeer hit two free throws for the host Mavericks on the next possession. And after a miss by Roland Fitch, Mike Melillo added an insurance free throw for the final margin.

  • Sipapu reports 14-inch snowfall

    Submitted to the Optic
    VADITO, N.M. — New Mexico’s first winter storm pounded Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort with a reported 14 inches of snow Sunday, and resort officials announced it is opening new terrain beginning this past Monday.
    Sipapu is open every day, and staff members are preparing for record-breaking attendance since it will be the only ski area open in New Mexico through Wednesday, said general manager John Paul Bradley.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 12, 2012

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS

    • Mora boys (A,B) at Tucumcari, 5:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    • Mora girls at McCurdy, 5:30 p.m., Española
    • Robertson boys at Sandia Prep tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson girls, West Las Vegas girls, West Las Vegas boys at Capital City tournaments, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas JV boys at Bernalillo JV tournament, TBA, Bernalillo


  • Man busted for 12th DWI

    An area man who authorities say has 11 prior DWI convictions was arrested last Monday for allegedly driving under the influence again.

    Jose R. Griego, 65, who resides on Anton Chico Route, was stopped last Monday evening on NM 283 for driving erratically. Court documents state that he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel in the first place. His driver’s license had been revoked because of his prior DWIs.

  • Holiday giving
  • Longtime Highlands staffer retires

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University GEAR UP Program Director Joe C’ de Baca retired Nov. 30 after 21 years of service to the university.

    “Joe’s contributions to the university, our students, and area middle and high school students have been remarkable,” said Highlands University President Jim Fries. “All of us wish him, and his wife Mabel, well as they both retire from the university.”

  • Hanukkah celebrations under way

    By Diana Presser
    For the Optic

    Jews around the world — including the Las Vegas Jewish Community — are celebrating Hanukkah for eight days and eight nights.  

    Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, began Saturday.