Today's News

  • Two RHS teams in Final Four

    Robertson punched not one but two tickets to the Final Four of the state basketball tournaments with a pair of hard-fought wins over West Las Vegas in the quarterfinals.

    Meanwhile, boys’ teams from Pecos and Mora stayed on track in their pursuit of state championships in 3A and 2A, respectively.

    Cardinals 66, Dons 54
    It was West Las Vegas that threatened to run away with the game in the early going Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Coach: I owe career to WLV

    The West Las Vegas Dons may have lost Wednesday night, but as the program continues its quest to win a state basketball championship, they can count on Aaron Chavez to be firmly in their corner.

    Chavez, 34, is associate head coach of a successful Bakersfield (Calif.) College men’s hoops program, and he has been with the Renegades for more than a decade. He also helped coach at Bard College (N.Y.) prior to moving to the west coast.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 10, 2017

    • Luna Community College vs. Odessa College, noon, Brandt Park
    • NMHU at Metro State, 2 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA, Bayard
    • Class 4A boys’ state semifinals: Robertson vs. Hope Christian, 9:45 a.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 4A girls’ state championship: teams TBA, 3:30 p.m., The Pit
    • Luna Community College vs. Otero Junior College (DH), 1 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson at Las Cruces tournament, TBA, Las Cruces
    • Robertson at Mayfield Invite, TBA, Las Cruces
    Track and field

  • State hoops updates


    Class 2A quarterfinals: No. 1 Tatum 60, Mora 28, final.
    Class 4A quarterfinals: Robertson 57, West Las Vegas 52, final. Next for Lady Cardinals is 4A semifinal vs. Shiprock 11:30 a.m. Thursday at The Pit in Albuquerque.


    Class 2A quarterfinals: Mora 66, Menaul 58, final. Rangers to play Lordsburg in semifinals 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • SMCC picks new manager

    Vidal Martinez, who formerly served Luna Community College in several positions — including vice president — is the San Miguel County Commission’s choice to fill the county manager post.

    The SMCC made that decision late Monday after conducting interviews of three finalists behind closed doors.

    The other finalists were Morris Madrid, former Las Vegas city manager, and Ronald Lucero, according to SMCC Chairman Rock Ulibarri.

  • Shelter in trouble - Samaritan House in peril

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Joseph Untalan recently found himself without a job. Without a home. And with a severely frost-bitten foot after sleeping on the street on a 10-degree December night.

    Things changed for Untalan after moving into the Casa de Samaritan (also known as Samaritan House) homeless shelter in Las Vegas, where he is also paid minimum wage to work as a caregiver 28 hours a week.

    “Without the shelter, I may have died from hypothermia,” the 31-year-old Las Vegas man said last week.

  • Ethics panel gains steam

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposed constitutional amendment to create an independent ethics commission in New Mexico picked up endorsements from top legislative leaders on Monday as it moves toward the House floor for a vote.

    Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf promised to expedite a House vote to ensure time for Senate consideration before the Legislature adjourns March 18, as the House Judiciary Committee unanimously endorsed the plan. Approval by a majority of all lawmakers would put the measure on the statewide ballot in 2018.

  • The bigger they are ...
  • Marchi, Vigil named to regents

    By Margaret McKinney
    NMHU University Relations

    The New Mexico Senate on Friday confirmed Frank Marchi’s reappointment to the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents, which also welcomes John Ramon Vigil as the new student regent.

    Marchi, a lifelong business leader in New Mexico, was first appointed a regent by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2011. His second term extends through Dec. 31, 2022. The governor originally nominated Vigil for a two-year term that ends Dec. 31, 2018.

  • Early warning for fire season