Today's News

  • 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 His driver’s license had been revoked because of his prior DWIs.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.

  • Charge increased in stabbing case

    The Tijeras man accused of stabbing his uncle in July is now facing a more serious charge.

    Anthony Tapia, 27, had been charged with aggravated battery following the stabbing, which left his uncle in critical condition at University of New Mexico Hospital. But prosecutors in October decided to up the charge to attempted murder, a second-degree felony.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 10, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Vigil sworn in for high court
    SANTA FE — Barbara Vigil has been sworn in as the newest member of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
    The ceremony was held Friday afternoon at the courthouse in Santa Fe.
    Elected in November, Vigil fills the spot left vacant by the retirement of Justice Patricio Serna.
    Vigil says she hopes to continue Serna’s legacy by serving New Mexicans with integrity and fairness.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 10, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Dec. 10 — Gold Bond Stamp Company is relocating its Gift Center in Las Vegas, W.A. Grimes, New Mexico Division Manager of the trading stamp firm, announced today. The center, formerly located at Daphne’s Floral & Gift Shop, 511 Sixth St., is being relocated to Tony’s Dry Goods, 146 Bridge St. “Gold Bond gifts make particularly attractive Christmas presents,” Grimes said.