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Today's News

  • Colors of Love — stroll through plaza sweetness

    By Elizabeth deMare
    Submitted to the Optic

    The world exhales a stark and lonely breath this time of year. Trees as gray and naked as your great grandmother’s bones line the Las Vegas Plaza.

    February makes you consider the world through muddy-colored glasses. Everyone’s a world-class curmudgeon with spit to share. Everyone wants spring, wants tulips and dandelions to sprout from aching, frozen brain.    Any groundhog will tell you that you ain’t gonna get your wish, not for at least four weeks and most likely six.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! LOTS OF EXPLAINING TO DO. Las Vegas gets its natural gas out of Colorado, but many other northern New Mexico communities, like Taos and Española, aren’t so lucky these days. Thousands of people have been enduring cold days and nights without their primary heating fuel, and it’s put New Mexico Gas Co. on the hot seat. Momentum is growing for legislative hearings to explore how such a sudden and unexpected shortage of natural gas occurred out of western Texas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! LOTS OF EXPLAINING TO DO. Las Vegas gets its natural gas out of Colorado, but many other northern New Mexico communities, like Taos and Española, aren’t so lucky these days. Thousands of people have been enduring cold days and nights without their primary heating fuel, and it’s put New Mexico Gas Co. on the hot seat. Momentum is growing for legislative hearings to explore how such a sudden and unexpected shortage of natural gas occurred out of western Texas.

  • Another perspective: Dividing our blended state

    Raised in Northern New Mexico, in Mora County, I spoke Spanish as my first language. This was the only language I spoke at home and it was commonplace in our community to speak Spanish at the bank, the market, and among  our neighbors.

    Until I started school in the fall of 1955 I never thought of speaking English on a regular basis. It was a language foreign to me; I had heard my older brother and sisters speak it only in passing.

  • Round 1: Lady Cards

    Wednesday night’s Robertson-West Las Vegas girls’ basketball game may have been entertaining for fans, but it left both squads a little worse for wear.

    Robertson, the sixth-ranked team in Class 3A girls’ hoops, upended fourth-rated West Las Vegas 71-62  before several hundred spiritied fans at Gillie Lopez Gym. In the process, however, West’s Vanessa Lucero and Robertson’s Kassandra Tapia — both considered important team leaders — sustained injuries that cloud at least the near future for the Lady Dons and Lady Cardinals.

  • District wrestling tourney returns to Las Vegas

    With the St. Michael’s Horsemen out of the way, this year’s District 2 (1A-3A) wrestling tournament will be devoid of the red (Cardinals) vs. blue (Horsemen) finals that were plentiful for years.

    Robertson, whose streak of state wrestling dominance fell at the hands of St. Mike’s last year, figures to be the favorite Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym, host site for this year’s district tourney. Unbeaten Daniel Martinez leads a host of strong Cardinal wrestlers. Fellow RHS seniors are Charlie Armijo, Gabe Lovato, John Pino and Jeremy Valdez.

  • Cowboys 7th in regional rankings

    Three consecutive victories — including one significant upset — propelled New Mexico Highlands up to seventh in the latest NCAA Division II Central Region men’s basketball poll.

    The Cowboys (16-5 overall) were unranked in the Feb. 2 poll but checked in at No. 7 in this week’s rankings, relayed Wednesday night by Amber Feldman, assistant coordinator for championships with the NCAA.

  • Santa Fe Spirit
  • Four HU athletes on all-academic teams

    Four New Mexico Highlands atudent-athletes have been named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic teams for basketball.

    Whitley Coca and Briana Gholston from coach Tiffany Darling’s Cowgirls made the women’s all-academic lineup. Ledreece Smith and Mike Moody from coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys were honored on the men’s side.

  • Graham up to fourth on national list

    New Mexico Highlands University's Angella Graham moved to No. 4 on the national rankings list for the pentathlon with her performance at the University of New Mexico Multi and Classic Track and Field meet Feb. 4-5 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

    The seven-time All American in the multi-events and jumps scored 3,543 points in the five events comprising the pentathlon (60-meter hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, 800 meters).

    It was Graham's first multi of the season and Coach Bob DeVries found reason to be encouraged.