Today's News

  • Eyes on the prize - Cardinal wrestling gunning for return to the top as Montoya seeks history

    A number of Las Vegas-area wrestlers will be pursuing individual state championships — Robertson senior Rico Montoya is after a record fifth — this weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    The Cardinals look as strong across the lineup as they have in years and are in contention for their first team championship since 2009, the last of a four-year run at the top. Defending state champ Bloomfield and St. Michael’s, which won three state titles in the previous four years, are also leading contenders.

  • Three awards in three days for Chavez

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    And the trio of awards is complete.

    Fifth-year senior Matthew Chavez was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association South Central Region Player of the Week Wednesday.

    He was named New Mexico Highlands Subway Athlete of the Week on Monday and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday.

  • Boys’ teams from WLV, Mora, Pecos’ girls all top 5 in state polls

    The West Las Vegas Dons are back in the place with which they’ve been familiar almost all season — second in the Class 4A state boys’ basketball poll behind only defending state champion Hope Christian.

    West is No. 2 in the NMOTSC.com coaches’ poll released late Monday.

    In descending order, the top 10 rankings are Hope Christian, West Las Vegas, Taos, Portales, Pojoaque Valley, St. Michael’s, Cobre, Bloomfield, Silver and Kirtland Central.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 20, 2015

    • LCC vs. Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. West Texas A&M (DH), 11 a.m., Brandt Park (NEW TIME)
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 6 and 8 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • State tournaments, 9 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho (NEW TIME)


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 20, 2015


  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 20, 2015
  • Another Perspective - Now is the time for capital outlay reform

    This legislative session, the legislature is expected to approve a capital outlay bill expending more than $200 million for capital projects without the benefit of any formal system for planning, vetting or selecting the projects. New Mexico is regretably unique among the states in its folly.

    This free-for-all system is in dire need of improvement to ensure that the state’s investment in capital infrastructure yields the greatest return possible for the taxpayer.

  • Governor’s policies aren’t child friendly

    By Gerald Ortiz y Pino

    As a politician, I can state unequivocally that “I love all children.” They are our future; they are our most vulnerable citizens, needing the greatest attention; history will judge us by how we’ve treated them, and (never forget) they make for great photo ops.

  • Another Perspective - Right-to-work bill would be good for New Mexico

    By Pete Domenici

    I am writing in response to those who oppose the proposed right-to- work legislation. While I respect those who oppose, they are flat out wrong on this issue.

    The truth is, passing right-to-work legislation would be good for New Mexico’s workers and our economy. But unfortunately, some politicians are trying to turn this into a partisan battle even though a majority of Americans support it.

    It’s not hard to see why.

  • Nat Gold Players offers original one-act play

    Submitted to the Optic

    The original one-act play, “Sheltered Women,” will have its premiere performance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20, 21, and 22. Nat Gold Players will present the play at Charlie’s Spic and Span event center at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be obtained from Tome on the Range or any cast member or Nat Gold Player board member.