Today's News

  • MMS girls, WLV boys’ JV among victors

    Memorial Middle School’s cross country team demonstrated both depth and ability — particularly on the girls’ side — in coasting to victory in Saturday’s Meadow City Invitational at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Led by Makayla Quintana’s winning performance, MMS swept the top three, placed five of the first six and seven of the top 10 in the girls’ race.

    Also Saturday, the West Las Vegas high school boys’ junior varsity had a solid outing to garner a team title. Dylan Trujillo led the Dons by taking second overall.

  • Fitting tribute - Late coach’s name to grace Highlands hardwood

    Las Vegas Optic and
    Luna Community College

    During his time as mayor of Las Vegas, Henry O. Sanchez spent many hours at City Hall.

    Over his three decades in the Meadow City, he also became well-known for his corner table at the Hillcrest, home of many a chat with friends and cohorts. He was a regular at church, and he spent plenty of time out in the community with humanitarian causes such as his Love Thy Neighbor fund.

  • Hall pass - H Club to induct Class of 2012 into its Hall of Honor

    Eight notable athletes whose time at New Mexico Highlands from different eras spanning from 1956 to 1995 will be honored on Thursday as the H Club inducts its Class of 2012.

    The ceremony, immediately preceded by the naming of the Wilson Complex floor in honor of the late Henry O. Sanchez, is part of a banquet beginning at 5 p.m.

  • Soccer: Cowgirls get even vs. Grizzlies

    Avenging a narrow defeat earlier this season, New Mexico Highlands rolled past Adams State 3-1 in women's soccer this past Sunday at Perkins Stadium.

    Crystal Schuder, who'd scored her first goal in Friday's win over Colorado State-Pueblo, found the Grizzly net twice on Sunday afternoon. Her second score proved to be the game-winner.

    Schuder scored three minutes into the contest. Kelsie Roberts took a pass from Marci Johnson and dished to Schuder from inside the box, beating Adams State goalkeeper Christie Stemple.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 3, 2012

    • Robertson girls vs. Taos, 4 p.m., RHS field
    • NMHU at Regis, 7 p.m., Denver
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. Capital, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Mora Middle School vs. Springer, 4 p.m., Mora
    • Valley Middle School at Gonzales, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona

    • West Las Vegas vs. Laguna-Acoma, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex

  • Wildlife refuge established

    WATROUS — Thousands of acres of land in Mora County were officially donated to the federal government on Thursday to establish the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge near here.

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on hand for the dedication ceremony.
    The 4,224-acre property — known as the Wind River Ranch — was donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Thaw Charitable Trust.

  • Mayor’s Ball
  • Council OKs water rate hikes

    It’s official.

    Las Vegas water customers will begin paying more for water after the city’s governing body voted Friday to institute a series of rate hikes over the next four years.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said water customers will see the initial increase reflected in their bills beginning on Dec. 1.

    Friday’s vote caps months of public meetings on the water rates. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the measure, prompting Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the increases.

  • Alumni donate $1.25M to UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    Six alumni assumed the mantle of stewardship from the school’s founding benefactors this week by meeting an endowment challenge that will provide scholarships for future generations of UWC-USA students.

    Sebastien de Halleux ‘96, Bertrand Kan ‘84, Kuo-Chuan “KC” Kung ‘87, Ben ‘98 and Alexa ‘99 Melkman, and Charles Wong ‘84 have contributed a combined $1.25 million for scholarships, which will be matched by UWC-USA benefactor Shelby Davis for a total of $2.5 million.

  • Looking Back - News - Oct. 1, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Oct. 1 — Milt Callon, author of “Las Vegas, New Mexico-The Town That Wouldn’t Gamble,” is in town this week to autograph copies of his history of Las Vegas. Callon will be at the Optic at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the last time that autographed copies of the interesting history of Las Vegas will be available. The books may be bought and autographed at the Optic.