Today's News

  • Cowboys in town on Saturday

    New Mexico Highlands football makes its first home appearance of the season on Saturday, when the Cowboys host Colorado School of Mines.

    Also on tap, West Las Vegas (2-0) tests its win streak against perennial contender Portales, while Robertson (2-0) pays Santa Rosa a visit, both on Friday night.

    Jeff Mills’ NMHU team faces an Oredigger side that just stunned defending RMAC champ CSU-Pueblo 57-21. After falling behind 8-0, Mines exploded for 36 unanswered points in the second quarter and saw QB Justin Dvorak throw for 402 yards and six TDs.

  • Beasties sweep Lady Braves

    Freshman Maricela Montoya scored two goals and added an assist Tuesday to lead Robertson past Santa Fe Indian, 4-0, on the road.

    It was the second time this season the Lady Cardinals beat SFIS in shutout fashion.

    Montoya opened the scoring, and Sierra Atencio soon followed with a goal to go with another by Montoya — her third this fall.

    Beasties coach Jeff Houdek praised Montoya’s ability to adapt to the field conditions and weather to dominate at her position.
    Gabrielle Montoya, Savannah Padilla and Victoria Valdez were credited with assists.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 9, 2016

    • Robertson at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Robertson boys vs. Tierra Encantada, 3 p.m., RHS
    • Mora at Fort Sumner Invite, TBA, Fort Sumner
    • Mora JV at Santa Fe Indian tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Mountain View tournament, TBA, Rio Rancho

    Cross country
    • Robertson at Alamosa, TBA, Alamosa, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas at Jemez Valley, TBA, Jemez
    • Mora, Pecos, Mora Middle School, Memorial Middle School at ATC, 9 a.m., Santa Fe

  • Mora superintendent resigns

    Three months after being hired as superintendent of the Mora Independent School District, LeAnne Salazar-Montoya has submitted her resignation.

    “I made a personal decision to focus on my family and doctoral studies,” Salazar-Montoya said Tuesday in a written statement to the Optic. “The safety of my family is my top priority.”

  • West delays decision on school chief

    Employees at the West Las Vegas School District will need to wait a little longer to see who their next boss will be.

    The school board had been planning to hire a permanent superintendent this past Saturday. But during that meeting, the board decided to hold off on its decision.

    The board did, however, narrow the applicant pool down to three. Still in the running are current interim Superintendent Chris Gutierrez, Thomas Graves and Raymond Arsenault.

  • Fun-filled weekend
  • 15 years after Sept. 11 - How the unity we forged broke apart

    By Jennifer Peltz
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — For a time, it felt like the attack that shattered America had also brought it together.

    After Sept. 11, signs of newfound unity seemed to well up everywhere, from the homes where American flags appeared virtually overnight to the Capitol steps where lawmakers pushed aside party lines to sing “God Bless America” together.

  • Lawsuit challenges seizure policy

    The Associated Press

    A lawsuit says Albuquerque’s vehicle seizure policy is unconstitutional and violates state forfeiture laws.

    The city can seize vehicles from people with suspended or revoked licenses and drunken driving suspects who have a record of the offense, the Albuquerque Journal reported .

    Arlene Harjo is suing to end the practice and get back the vehicle her son was borrowing when he was stopped in April.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 7, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Funeral set for slain officer
    ALAMOGORDO — Funeral services have been set for an Alamogordo police officer who was fatally shot in what authorities have said was an attempt to chase down a felon with three active arrest warrants.
    Services for Officer Clint Corvinus will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tay’s Center on New Mexico State University’s campus in Alamogordo.
    The officer is survived by his 8-year-old daughter, his parents and his girlfriend.

  • Weather - Sept. 7, 2016


    HIGH 80° / LOW 55°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday night — isolated showers and thunderstorms.
    6:38 a.m. to 7:19 p.m.