Today's News

  • Noticias - Oct. 3, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • The PRC appointment

    Jerome Block Jr. finally did the right thing, even if it did take considerable pressure from the attorney general’s office to motivate him in that direction. The Public Regulation Commission member agreed to resign his position last week as part of a plea agreement for many of his irresponsible and illegal actions as a “public servant.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 3, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Branding, marketing and ideas

    A report by Mercy López on today’s front page gives you an overview of the “branding and marketing” meeting that took place last week in Las Vegas. I was one among about two dozen people to attend — and I came away with some thoughts of my own.

    One is that a community’s reputation is tightly wrapped up in its own self-identity.

  • HU runners tops in Oklahoma

    Ismael Samano and Justin Lueras placed in the top 10, kicking the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country team to a championship in the college division of Saturday’s Oklahoma State University Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

    The Cowboys had 54 team points, well ahead of runner-up Southwestern (Kan.) and Missouri S&T, which had 121 and 127 points, respectively.

    Meanwhile, the NMHU women finished 13th in a crowded 32-team race.

  • Digging the defense
  • Cardinals line, QB rock in Ruidoso

    A Girard Maestas interception with 1:05 left put the icing on Robertson’s 28-20 slugfest win at Ruidoso on Friday night.

    Maestas had a strong overall performance on both sides of the ball. As the Cardinals’ quarterback he rushed for touchdowns from 18 and 22 yards out, behind solid work across the offensive line.

    Robertson came up with three big interceptions — two by Dalan Abreu and one by Maestas — that were key to winning a rugged battle with the ninth-ranked Warriors.

  • Top-rated Lovington shuts out West LV

    Defending Class 3A state champion Lovington, still the No. 1 ranked team in the class, routed visiting West Las Vegas 44-0 on Friday night on the blue turf of Wildcat Stadium.

    Lovington enjoyed a running clock throughout the second half after darting out to a 35-0 lead by intermission.

    To West Las Vegas’ credit, the Dons kept the Wildcats honest in the ground game. Linebacker J.C. Martinez led a good effort against Lovington’s running backs.

  • No. 7 Skyhawks need overtime to stop Cowgirls

    The hard-luck Highlands Cowgirls took another nationally ranked team to overtime before losing once again by one goal.

    NMHU (4-5 going into Sunday’s home match with Colorado State-Pueblo) lost to Fort Lewis College 3-2 on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Highlands led 2-1 after Janelle McGee’s goal off a Jaime Sawchuck assist in the 75th minute. But Fort Lewis’ Elena Benavides played the spoiler, tying the match in the nick of time at the 89:47 mark. Then Benavides took a feed from Megan Striedel for the match winner in overtime.

  • Cowboys stumble at WSC

    Western State College’s Mountaineers exacted some retribution for New Mexico Highlands’ last-second heroics against them a season ago, scoring a 15-14 homecoming victory on a last-second 27-yard field goal by Lloyd Tucker on Saturday in Gunnison, Colo.

    It was the first loss of the season for the Cowboys (4-1 overall, 2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and the first win of the year for Western State (1-4, 1-2).

    Highlands, head coach Eric Young and his staff now prepare for a homecoming matchup against Adams State on Saturday at Perkins Stadium.