Today's News

  • Rangel leads Cowboy grapplers

    Erick Rangel’s fourth-place finish in the 125-pound Elite division headlined the weekend for New Mexico Highlands wrestling in the University of Wyoming’s Cowboy Open.

    Rangel lost 9-0 to Isaac Jimenez of Air Force in the round of 16, but he battled back through the consolation bracket with four straight wins.

    He lost the third-place bout to Mitchell Brown of Utah Valley State, 17-2.

  • Spikers take on the State

    It’s already been a successful volleyball season for varsity teams at West Las Vegas, Robertson and Mora high schools.
    But the prizes at stake this weekend in Rio Rancho are what they’ve all been eyeing since the first bumps, sets and spikes of fall practice

    The Optic website, lasvegasoptic.com, will post the latest results from the state tournaments in Class 4A (WLV and RHS) and 2A (Mora) throughout the weekend. And the print editions out next week will have full coverage of area teams’ postseason runs.

  • District Champs
  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 12, 2015

    •NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico at RMAC-Lone Star Shootout, 3 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    •NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 4 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.
    •State tournaments: Class 2A quarters begin 8 a.m., Class 4A quarters begin 3 p.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    •NMHU men vs. West Texas A&M at RMAC-Lone Star Shootout, 8 p.m., Durango, Colo.
    •NMHU women at Oklahoma-Panhandle State, 2 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.

  • 2005 champs reunite
  • 2005 champs reunite
  • Mora spikers second in pool

    Mora's volleyball team finished second in its three-team pool to start the Class 2A state tournament Thursday at Rio Rancho High School.

    The Rangerettes, the No. 3 seed overall entering the tourney, will play Jal at 5:45 p.m. in the first round. Winner moves on to play Mountainair at 8 a.m. Friday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Loser is eliminated.

    Fort Sumner-House won the pool and receive a first-round bye.

    In other pool play Thursday, West Las Vegas and Robertson were competing in Pools B and C, respectively, as part of the Class 4A tournament.

  • Local group gets national attention

    The local Parachute Factory is now part of the Congressional Record. On Saturday, U.S, Rep. Ben Ray Luján stopped by for a visit and to see what all the hype is about in terms of the happenings at the local program.

    Luján said he recognized Mariano Ulibarri and the Parachute Factory on the congressional floor on Nov. 3 for their work.

  • Gov confident top adviser did no wrong

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday that she’s confident a close political adviser did nothing wrong and called allegations of fundraising violations “cheap shots” following reports of a federal investigation.

  • HU students preserve a part of history

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The war memories of 18 New Mexico World War II veterans were captured in video oral histories before their stories are lost forever, thanks to the work of two Highlands University media arts students.

     Jacob Erickson and Ivana Vidal from Highlands produced the videos for the New Mexico History Museum in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services.