Today's News

  • A gala fit for a PRESIDENT

    Saturday evening was all about glitz, glamour, roasting and more for the 2012 President’s Gala-Dollars for Scholars.

    The Wilson Complex was transformed from a basketball court to an elegant ballroom complete with giant screens and massive banners, courtesy of the New Mexico Highlands University’s Media Arts Department. Attendees arrived to a red carpet and were serenaded by the university’s Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra as they made their way into the facility.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 27, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! DRY AND DRIER. Once again, we’re off to a parched start. According to an Associated Press report this week, by mid-April all of New Mexico was categorized as abnormally to exceptionally dry, which means that farmers and ranchers are already scrambling to find ways to irrigate their land.

  • Editorial Cartoons - April 27, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca of Las Vegas

    Our Centennial series would be incomplete if we did not recount the life of Ezequiel C de Baca, New Mexico’s second governor and first lieutenant governor — and one of the great sons of Las Vegas.

    In 1916, from his modest home in Old Town, C de Baca waged his successful campaign to become New Mexico’s second governor. Tragically, he would die on the 49th day of his governorship — administering the affairs of state from his hospital bed in Santa Fe.

  • Regular seasons near conclusion

    With the regular season about to wrap up, several area baseball and softball teams are on track for state tournament selections — at least according to the polls of NMOTSC.com.

    Robertson is ranked seventh in the website’s April 23 poll, which is voted on by coaches around the state.

    The Cardinals (15-8, 4-3) most recently beat Taos 8-1 on the road this past Tuesday. They close the regular season with a doubleheader vs. Raton this Saturday at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

  • Fan appreciation day Saturday for Highlands baseball team

    Free hot dogs.

    Souvenir baseballs.

    And plenty of action on the diamond.

    It’s all in store for local baseball buffs Saturday as New Mexico Highlands University and corporate sponsor Southwest Capital Bank hold NMHU Baseball Fan Appreciation Day at Brandt Park.

    The promotion will be held as part of the Cowboys’ weekend series with Nebraska-Kearney. It’s a critical series to the team’s hopes of getting a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the upcoming Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

  • Late-season rally falls short for Riders

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College baseball team needed to win all four games this past weekend to make the playoffs. They came up a little short of their dream, winning only one at El Paso Community College.

    The Rough Riders (20-26) won the final game of the series 4-3. They lost 8-2, 6-3 and 11-1.

  • Local girls make cut

    West Las Vegas’ Jayme and Joedy Quintana and Robertson’s Jamie Allen have made the cut for the state golf tournament.

    Jayme Quintana has seven qualifying rounds (three needed), with her most recent an 85 at Santa Fe on Monday.

    Allen has five qualifying efforts. Her most recent was an 88 at UNM April 17.

    Joedy Quintana has four qualifiers. She shot an 82 Monday, also at Santa Fe.

  • Mora track squads 2nd in NRG meet

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past Saturday, the Mora boys and girls track teams finished second  at the Northern Rio Grande Invitational. The meet is an annual event that features eight of the top Class 2A teams in northern New Mexico. This year’s event was held in Dulce.

    The Rangers narrowly missed first place totaling 85.5 points behind Dulce, first with 94 points.

  • Class 2A state qualifiers list grows

    A list of qualifying performances by area athletes for the Class 2A state track and field championships, to be held May 4-5 in Albuquerque:

    • Girls’ 800-meter run: Andrea Romero, Mora, 2:34.9; Cassie C de Baca, Pecos, 2:35.9
    • Boys’ 800-meter run: Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 2:02.8
    • Girls’ 1,600-meter run: Andrea Romero, Mora, 5:46.8
    • Boys’ 1,600-meter run: Alonzo Chavez, Mora, 4:36.7; Antonio Varela, Pecos, 4:47