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Today's News

  • A primer on expressions

    It’s been only in my adult years that I’ve come across the term “Black Friday.” I’ve heard several explanations as to why it’s called that — some much more plausible than others.

    Three of the most common explanations about the term have to do with weather conditions and pollution, the kind we find in big cities, compounded by rain, snow, sleet and sludge, as shoppers rush home with their treasures.

  • Tax simplification needs simplifying

    By John Stossel

    As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows. 

    I want two things: 

    1. Simplification.

    2. More money in private hands.

  • Wrestler and special agent: NMHU alumnus went from mat world to Secret Service

    The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Hector Hernandez’s national wrestling championship for New Mexico Highlands University.
    The Optic recently interviewed Hernandez, now 52, to revisit that history-making day and the journey that surrounded it. Hernandez has since gone on to a distinguished career with the U.S. Secret Service now at the 25-year mark.
    This is the second of a two-part series.

    Hector Hernandez didn’t have long to bask in the glory of his national wrestling championship in 1987.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Nov. 26 - Dec. 1

    SUNDAY (Nov. 26)
    Basketball
    • NMHU men at Wyoming, TBA, Laramie, Wyo.

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    • Pecos Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Pecos
    • Valley Middle School girls at Aspen, TBA

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Pecos girls (A,B) at East Mountain, 5 p.m., Sandia Park

  • RHS faces Portales in rematch of title tilt

    One game away from a third straight appearance in the Class 4A state championship, the Robertson football team is seasoned and savvy about the postseason.

    And about the Portales Rams, the team that spoiled the Cardinals’ party last December.

    This Saturday (1:30 p.m. kickoff at Cardinal Stadium), it’ll be a rematch of the 2016 state title game as Portales comes to town looking to defend the championship.

  • Winning it all: Highlands wrestler marks 30 years since national title

    The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Hector Hernandez’s winning a national wrestling championship for New Mexico Highlands University.
    It was just the second national title for Highlands athletics, and the first since the school’s baseball team won one in 1967, 20 years earlier.
    The Optic recently interviewed Hernandez, now 52, to revisit that history-making day and the journey that surrounded it. Hernandez has since gone on to a distinguished career with the U.S. Secret Service.
    This is the first of a two-part series.

  • Looking Ahead, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Western New Mexico, 5 p.m., Silver City

    THURSDAY
    • No varsity events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Johnson & Wales, 3 p.m., Wilson Complex
    Football
    • Class 4A state playoff games TBA, campus sites

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Shiprock, 1 p.m., Shiprock
    Football

  • Correction

    The Nov. 10 print edition of the Optic incorrectly listed the Las Vegas Outlaw 11-12 football team as an AYF state championship winner. The Outlaws 9-10 team won the state title in its division.

    The 11-12 Outlaws also reached the finals in its bracket, finishing as a state runner-up.

    The error was made in transcription.

  • Cowboys' Holland, Jones have big game vs. Northern

    Jacob Holland poured in 30 points, including an old-fashioned three-point play that gave Highlands the lead for good in a 90-81 win over upstart Northern New Mexico College on Saturday at the Wilson Complex
    It was the high-point effort of the young season not only for Holland but for any of the Cowboys.
    Jordan Jones scored 24  — including four 3-pointers — in another strong effort, while West Las Vegas alumnus D.J. Bustos tallied 10 points, his most prolific scoring to date as a college player.

  • Eastern outguns Cowgirls

    Eastern New Mexico’s women’s basketball team hopes to make noise this winter in the Lone Star Conference, and in-state rival New Mexico Highlands got to hear it in person.

    The Cowgirls fell to 1-3 after a 53-34 setback against the visiting Greyhounds in a Saturday matinee at the Wilson Complex.