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Today's News

  • Highlands regents delay decision

    Highlands University has been given a little more time to find ways to save its wrestling and rodeo programs.

    On Wednesday, the school’s Board of Regents voted to delay a decision on the administration’s recommendation to do away with wrestling and rodeo because of budget cuts.

    This happened before a large crowd of wrestling and rodeo enthusiasts.

    During the meeting, student regent Greg Rael announced that he would have a forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kennedy Hall to look for ways to save the programs.

  • College may ax two sports

    Highlands University’s wrestling and rodeo programs may be destined for the chopping block.

    On Wednesday, the school’s Board of Regents will consider the administration’s proposal to cut the two sports. The university has seen its athletics budget drop by nearly 15 percent since fiscal year 2009 — the result of statewide spending cuts.

    “This isn’t an easy decision to make. It’s not as if people are jumping up and down to get rid of these programs,” Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver said.

  • Editorial: Tragedy, but still hoping

    Once again, incidents and alleged incidents of driving while intoxicated are all over the pages of this newspaper. In just two editions of the Optic, we find tragedy, outrage and a glimmer of hope.

    Last week, a too-familiar nightmare took place. A driver, suspected of being drunk, crossed over the Interstate 25 median and crashed head-on into an another traveler’s vehicle. Gone are Cecilio Jaramillo,  28, of Santa Fe, the suspected drunken driver, and Mariah Arguello, 18, of Las Vegas, who was just getting started in life.

  • Montano elected to lead board

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño was seated as Las Vegas City Schools board president for the second time in a yearly reorganization of the board at a recent meeting. 

    He replaces Phillip Vigil as the leader of the board.  

    Montaño was also elected as president of the state school boards association.

    Gabriel Lucero replaces Montaño as vice president of the local board, and Patrick Romero remains as secretary.

  • Cowboys sweep Lopers on Day 2

    New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team bolstered its hold on first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of host Nebraska-Kearney.

    And longtime NMHU coach Steve Jones earned his 400th win, extending his own all-time Cowboy baseball career coaching record.

  • Lady Dons fourth in St. Mike's tournament

    West Las Vegas' softball team came away with a fourth-place finish over the weekend in the St. Michael’s Invitational.

    Coach Lucas Griego’s Lady Dons fell 11-10 to the tourney host Lady Horsemen on Saturday in the third-place game.

    WLV had led St. Mike’s 10-6 midway through the sixth inning before the home team rallied to steal the win.

    The Lady Dons shredded McCurdy 28-3 on Thursday morning to open the tourney. But they lost 6-2 to eventual champ Moriarty in a Friday semifinal.

  • RHS golf girls third

    Jayme Quintana shot a 93 on Monday in Socorro, qualifying her third and final leg for state.

    And she led Robertson to a third place finish out of eight teams in the girls’ Warrior Invitational.

    Robertson, which played without lead golfer Jamie Allen, has already made the cut for state as a team.

    “Not bad at all for our first tournament,” said coach Gene Gurule.

    The Cardinal boys were to play on Tuesday.

  • Ortiz back at Luna

    After roughly a month off, Luna Community College head baseball coach Peter Ortiz is back on the job, the school reports.

    “Peter Ortiz has been reinstated as baseball coach at Luna Community College,” said Jesse Gallegos, LCC’s public information officer, in a written statement issued late last week. “He had been on administrative leave. Additional steps are being taken to improve our athletic programs.”

  • Letter: Wary of the impact of consolidation

    You needn’t go very far to find those opposed to “change agents.”  The citizens of West Las Vegas were the most adamant for consolidating the two “cities,” but the Las Vegas Daily Optic opposed that consolidation just as adamantly.  I am sure you can find those stories in your own archives.

  • County to tackle turbine rules

    San Miguel County officials will likely take a look at wind-farm regulations at its meeting next month. But no action is expected at that time.

    It’s an issue that has caused division in the Valley since a company expressed interest in putting up wind turbines on the mesa near Bernal a few years ago.

    Some hope to benefit economically from such a project, while others contend turbines are unsightly, noisy and damaging to wildlife.