Today's News

  • Post-Thanksgiving feast

    The basketball made its descent and caught a piece of the rim, then circled and circled and circled — six times, maybe eight or nine or 10 — before deciding to drop through.

    Back in the stands, the Gillie Lopez Gym crowd cheered giddily. West Las Vegas’ D.J. Bustos had just scored his 14th, 15th and 16th points in the Dons’ eventual 72-49 win over Thoreau, and the uncertainty over whether the shooter’s roll 3-pointer from the left corner would be a make or a miss was about all the mystery left at that point, late in the third quarter.

  • Cowgirls lose at S. Utah

    Anngelina Sanchez scored a season-high 25 points Saturday in a losing cause, as New Mexico Highlands lost 82-64 at Division I Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah.

    Sanchez scored Highlands’ first five points and went eight for 11 from the floor, sinking all eight of her attempts from the free-throw line, in hitting the quarter-century mark for the Cowgirls (0-5). She also had four rebounds, three steals, one assist and six turnovers.

    The Cowgirls committed 30 turnovers in the loss.

  • State football finals set

    Ruidoso, the No. 2 seed behind Robertson and the only team to seriously threaten the Cardinals during their unbeaten regular season, will shoot for a state title in Class 4A football this coming weekend in Ruidoso.

    The Warriors won 14-7 over Silver, the 2013 state runner-up, in one of Saturday’s two semifinals.

    Their opponent? No. 5 seed Cobre, which knocked off No. 8 Hatch Valley 21-14 on Saturday.

    Defending champion Robertson was upset by Hatch 20-16 in the quarterfinal round last Saturday, finishing 10-1.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 1, 2014

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS

    • NMHU women vs. Texas-Permian Basin (FREE ADMISSION), 6 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Prep, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (C) vs. Roy, 5 p.m., TBA
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • East catches up on audits

    It has been eight years since Las Vegas City Schools could say it was current on its audits. At least until now.

    Earlier this month the east side school district submitted its audit for the 2013-14 school year to the State Auditor’s Office by the required deadline. The last time the district was current on all audits was in 2006. The submission comes on the coattails of the 2012-13 fiscal year audit submission in October.

  • Senior profile - Charles Goddard

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Dozens of friends and neighbors gathered at a house on Myrtle Avenue in Las Vegas to help a man they love and respect reach another milestone.

    A large cake, held up by his caretaker, Lynn Esquibel, and members of her family, bore large numerals: 99.

  • HU student was mentor, filmmaker

    The Highlands University student found dead inside the Kennedy Hall dorm room where she had been staying is being remembered as a mentor to undergraduates and as an accomplished film producer in her own right.

    Paige Martinez, 52, was a graduate media arts student at Highlands. When she didn’t show up to work on Monday, Highlands police were asked to do a welfare check on her. She was found unresponsive inside the dorm room where she had been staying for a few days due to flooding in her off-campus apartment.

  • Don’t forget Small Business Saturday

    Today is Black Friday, the day when bargain- conscious shoppers wake up before dawn and crowd into stores to take advantage of the many deals being offered to holiday shoppers.

    But many merchants in Las Vegas and throughout the country are hoping to bring as much prominence to another shopping holiday, called Small Business Saturday, which is aimed at drawing customers into small businesses in their own communities.

    Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, the day after Black Friday, and several small businesses are offering up bargains of their own on that day.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 28, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21:

    Anthony Romero, 47, 80- day commitment
    Tina Gallegos, 32, probation violation: new charges (driving on suspended revoked license, child not restrained)
    Elisha Romero, 31, failure to comply with conditions of release, bench warrant, SM District
    Mary Romero, 35, criminal trespass, shoplifting
    Augustine Coca, 23, probation violation: positive UA

  • Board orders recount in statewide race

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The certification of New Mexico’s general election results is on holding pending a recount in the statewide race for land commissioner.

    The State Canvassing Board met Tuesday in Santa Fe and ordered a recount in the contest between incumbent Democrat Ray Powell and Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The latest totals provided by the secretary of state’s office show Dunn with a 704-vote lead.