Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Cramming a visit into a day in proper fashion

    A recent advice column that I read in some publication (I read all sorts of stuff!) addresses the proper way one is supposed to be and do as an overnight houseguest.

    The writer of that column may have had my very recent houseguests as her models when she wrote the column.

  • West High School graduate completes cadet basic training

    Submitted to the Optic

    WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet Corey Archibeque, son of Ben Archibeque and Mary Jo Archibeque, has completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.

    Archibeque entered West Point on July 2 and has completed six weeks of Cadet Basic Training.

  • In Brief - Education - Sept. 21, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Students protest abortion poster
    ALBUQUERQUE — An anti-abortion poster depicting a fetus in an American Indian headdress has sparked a protest at the University of New Mexico.

  • Highlands receives $300K grant

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University was awarded a $300,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant that will fund a new geospatial technology lab for advanced map making.

    Highlands will be the first university in the state to provide this kind of facility for classroom instruction and research.

    Geospatial technology includes a wide variety of mapping applications including 3-D terrain modeling,  geographic information systems, or GIS, and high-precision global positioning.

  • Vatos play on

    To fellow members of the Vatos rugby club, Alani Tuineau Sione was more than a teammate.

    He was a brother.

    As can be expected, Sione’s death in a rollover accident Saturday on Interstate 25 near Santa Fe has shaken the tight-knit club to its core.

    Sione and other members of the club as well as other family members — including several young children — were returning from a rugby road trip when the crash took place.

  • Cowgirls drop Zias in four

    Former Rio Rancho star Darian Mullen connected on 18 kills while hitting .279 and added 11 digs in leading New Mexico Highlands past Eastern New Mexico three sets to one on Tuesday night at the Wilson Complex.

    It was Highlands’ home debut under new head coach Bryan Crawford, and the Cowgirls plan to stick around a while. They’ve got home matches with Western State and Adams State scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings.

  • Dons to host homecoming

    West Las Vegas’ homecoming game Friday night against Ruidoso won’t be a walk in the park.

    The visiting Warriors, who kick off against the Dons at 7 p.m., are coming off wins over Socorro and Hot Springs, while West is looking to break a three-game skid.

    A positive is that West (0-3) and first-year head coach Robert Alarcon will be playing under the lights of their own Herrera Complex, which hosted a first-ever Friday night varsity football game last weekend.

  • ‘The Cowgirl Way’ - Endowment program honors outstanding women athletes

    True success doesn’t happen by accident, guest speaker Dorothy Robinson told an audience at the recent Cowgirl Way scholarship luncheon. Meaningful achievement requires the ingredients of determination, grit, courage and ethical behavior.

  • Crespin boxing in Santa Fe Saturday

    Las Vegas professional boxer Amanda Crespin is slated to fight on Saturday night in Santa Fe at the Pueblo Pavilion.

    Angela Hayes has been announced as the opponent for Crespin, who is 5-4-1 as a pro after winning earlier this month in Pueblo, Colo.

    Tickets (from $15 up) are available at the venue itself, which is on the campus of Santa Fe Indian School. Gates open at 5 p.m.

    Headlining the card will be Albuquerque’s Raymond Montes (5-2, four knockouts) in a bantamweight battle with Tony Valdez (6-3-2, six KOs) of Española.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 21, 2012

    • Robertson vs. St. Michael’s, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Ruidoso (homecoming), 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • NMHU women at Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Robertson JV boys at Santa Fe Prep, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson JV girls at Santa Fe Prep, 3:30 p.m., Santa Fe
    • NMHU vs. Western State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex