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Today's News

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cowboys have record evening

    With an 84-77 win over Western State on Saturday night, the NMHU men's basketball team clinched the RMAC West regular-season title, a first-round home playoff game (Tuesday vs. Colorado Christian), and a piece of history as the all-time turnaround story.

    At 20-7 the Cowboys' record is a 19-game improvement from last season, eclipsing the previous 18-win jump shared by two teams, including NMHU. The record includes all levels of NCAA men's basketball.

  • Lady Dons outgun Robertson, face St. Mike's Thursday

    For the most part, at least, Wednesday’s District 2-3A girls’ basketball showdown between third-seeded West Las Vegas and fourth-seeded Robertson was evenly matched.

    But one key stretch in the second quarter shifted momentum from the Lady Cardinals to the Lady Dons, and the home team was able to protect its lead after that en route to a 64-58 triumph.

    As a result, West is playing in tonight’s semifinal at second-seeded St. Michael’s, and RHS is left to watch and wait.

  • Campos changes mind on bill

    Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, has changed his mind on domestic partnerships.

    On Tuesday, he voted against a bill that would extend some of the same rights of married couples to unmarried gay and straight couples. The bill failed 25-17, with 10 Democrats joining Republicans in opposition.

    Opponents called domestic partnerships “marriage in disguise.”

    In recent days, Campos was mum with the media on how he would vote on the bill. But on Thursday, he issued a statement saying he had changed his position.

  • Hometown Heroes: Local club focuses on improving youths’ vision

    “Lion King” Carlos Lopez said the Grater Las Vegas Lions Club has been responsible for good works in the Meadow City since the mid-1950s.

    The president said his club recently began Operation New Mexico KidSight after purchasing a digital photo-computer system developed at the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.

  • Cowboys eye record in weekend homestand

    The Highlands Cowboys are poised to become the poster boys for single-season improvement in all of college basketball.

    A win in either of two home games this weekend will give NMHU sole possession of the all-time record for turning a program around in NCAA men’s hoops. Highlands already is tied for a share of that distinction, having earned 19 wins under first-year coach Joe Harge compared to one in 2007-08.

  • Hopefuls oppose Luna tax hike

    All the candidates for Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees attending a forum Thursday said they were against a proposed tax increase that would pay for capital improvements at college facilities. That group included incumbent Tony Valdez, running in Las Vegas-based District 2.

    Some candidates also said the college president should be on campus daily, after being asked about the time current president Pete Campos spends away from the school as a state senator during months-long legislative sessions.

  • Elderly man is attacked in home

    An 80-year-old was attacked by an unknown man in his home on Collins Drive earlier this week.

    The victim was outside fixing the door to his apartment in the 2700 block of Collins on Sunday evening when he noticed a drunken man next to his window, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    “(The victim) asked him what he was doing. The man started yelling at him and raised his fist,” the chief said.

    The victim ran inside his house and locked his door, police said. The suspect broke the window and kicked down the door.

  • Plaza Hotel prepares for opening

    Imagine the bride and groom descending the staircase in grand fashion as family members and guests line the entrance to the historic Ilfeld ballroom, glowing from the light of a ceiling filled with chandeliers, tables covered by white linen table cloths and fine dinner ware. 

    Plaza Hotel marketing team, Melissa Greene and Troy Denison, said the hotel is looking to open the next-door Ilfeld building by the end of March or early April and has all the new menus ready to go.

  • 2 vie for Luna’s Springer seat

    Tuesday is the election for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. Three seats are up for election.

    The Optic submitted questionnaires to all of the candidates to give the public an idea about where they stand on the issues.

    In today’s edition, the Optic will run the responses from the District 6 Springer-based candidates.

  • RHS, WLV girls to meet Wednesday in district tourney

    Meadow City hoops fans, get ready for another East-West matchup with major postseason implications.

    Tonight at 7, West Las Vegas’ girls host Robertson in the second round of the District 2-3A tournament. The winner advances to play at second-seeded St. Michael’s on Thursday evening in Santa Fe. Then Thursday’s winner journeys to Jacona on Saturday to meet undefeated defending state champion Pojoaque Valley.