Today's News

  • NMHU 3-0 after upset of No. 20 Mines

    Colorado School of Mines
    and Las Vegas Optic

    GOLDEN, Colo. — New Mexico Highlands University defeated 20th-ranked Colorado School of Mines by the score of 40-34 on Saturday afternoon in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener at Campbell Field.

    The Cowboys (3-0 overall, 1-0 RMAC) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of long touchdown runs by Jermaine Holmes. 

  • Another narrow loss for Cowgirls

    Carly Nelson’s goal in the 11th minute would stand up as the only score of the match Sunday, giving No. 11 Metro State College of Denver a 1-0 decision over visiting New Mexico Highlands in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer action.

    The Roadrunners allowed 10 shots and only two on goal — both by Julissa Rodriguez.

    It was the fourth time in five matches this season that the outcome was decided by a single goal. Highlands is 2-3 overall but 1-3 in matches decided by one goal.

  • Rivera sets saves record

    By Rick Freeman
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera stood by himself, in the center of the diamond at Yankee Stadium.

    For once, the great closer wasn’t sure what to do next.

    So he smiled, blew a kiss to the crowd, and then doffed his cap as cheers washed over him following the record 602nd save of his career.

    “Oh, my God, for the first time in my career, I’m on the mound alone,” Rivera said. “It was priceless. I didn’t know it could be like that.”

  • Gents win again
  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 21, 2011

    • NMHU women vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • Robertson girls at Capital, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson at Ruidoso, 3 p.m., Ruidoso

    • Robertson vs. Capital (homecoming), 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

  • FYI - Sports - Sept. 21, 2011

    Three-on-three basketball tournament to benefit the Pecos/DC Civic Youth Group will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Pecos gym. Divisions from third grade to adults over 40. Youth entry fee $50 per team if paid before Sept. 23; $75 thereafter. Adult fee is $75 a team before Sept. 23; $100 thereafter. To obtain registration form and further information, call Evelyn Hurtado, 470-2980, or Rhonda Sanchez, 231-0201.

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  • Breaking: Former Mayor Sanchez dies

    Former Mayor Henry O. Sanchez has died.

    Sanchez, a longtime basketball coach who served as mayor of Las Vegas for six years, died of an apparent heart attack at Alta Vista Regional Hospital Monday afternoon.

    For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic. 

  • Banker backed for East board

    Outgoing Las Vegas City Schools board member Ricky Serna is recommending that Ernesto Salazar replace him on the board.

    Serna made the recommendation during Thursday evenings work session, his final meeting as a board member. His resignation became effective this past Friday, and the board now has 45 days to pick a replacement for Serna’s now vacant seat. Board President Felix Alderete said the person selected will be up for election in 2013.

  • Jail Birds
  • More details emerge in fatal stabbing

    The woman who fatally stabbed a 40-year-old Las Vegas man early Wednesday morning told police she did so in self-defense, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court last week.

    Shirley Griego told police she was trying to leave the house, and Angelo Padilla stabbed her, according to the search warrant affidavit filed by Lt. Adrian Crespin. Griego told authorities she managed to stab Padilla back, killing him.