Today's News

  • Strong finish for runners

    Highlights of this past Saturday’s state high school cross country championships held in Rio Rancho:

     1. Terrence Lee, Navajo Pine, 17:21
    17. Casimiro Fresquez, Mora, 18:40
    41. Warren Roybal, Mora, 20:06
    46. Santiago Laumbach, Mora, 21:01
    57. Eloy Roybal, Mora, 22:02
    59. Travis Romero, Mora, 22:11
    60. Andres Martinez, Mora, 22:13
    69. Brandon Dahilig, Mora, 24:04
    (Mora boys placed eighth as a team: Navajo Pine won the meet)

  • HU spikers drop finale

    NMHU Sports Information

    The Cowgirls took a 2-1 lead and had match point in set four, but the Mountaineers rallied and took the fifth set easily as the New Mexico Highlands volleyball team lost its season finale to Western State 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 30-28, 15-4 Saturday night in Gunnison, Colo.

    Highlands finished 11-18 overall and 5-13 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    The host Mountaineers (2-16, 2-13) overcame the match point with a kill, an ace and a bad set by Highlands in game four, tying the match and sending it to the decisive fifth.

  • Beasties @ State
  • Marquez grapples to title for Highlands

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands wrestling team had two grapplers place when they competed at the Cowboy Open at the University of Wyoming this past Saturday in Laramie.

    In his first competition of the season, redshirt sophomore Cody Marquez swept through the amateur bracket at heavyweight to claim the title.

    It took all of 52 seconds for Marquez to pick up six points with a pin of Alexis Garcia of Great Falls.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 12, 2014

    • Memorial Middle School hosts MMS Quad (includes MMS, WLV, others), 3 p.m., MMS gym

    • Memorial Middle School girls at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Class 4A state tournament: West Las Vegas in pool play, 8 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    • Class 2A state tournament: Mora in pool play, 8 a.m., Rio Rancho High School, Rio Rancho


  • Home stretch for drilling law

    The San Miguel County Commission on Wednesday will vote on whether to adopt an oil and gas drilling ordinance that imposes some of the strictest requirements on hydrocarbon exploration in the country.

    The Commission meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the County Commission chambers, on the second floor of the old courthouse building. Besides taking up the proposed oil and gas ordinance, commissioners will vote on whether to amend the county’s Comprehensive Plan to make it consistent with the drilling ordinance.

  • Westsiders a band of brothers

    Ernest LeDoux, Joe Coca, Ted Mares, Ernest Salazar, Ernest Herrera, and the late George Lopez enlisted together and were soon on a train to San Diego Naval Base in 1955.

    The childhood friends joined the U.S. Navy together and competed boot camp together before going their separate ways with other divisions. Now, more than five decades later, they have all reconnected.

  • Study: Amtrak shift would cost state millions

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico would suffer economic losses of about $3 million annually if Amtrak halted passenger service along its current route and shifted the Southwest Chief to another rail line, according to a new report issued Thursday.

    Department of Transportation officials outlined the state-commission study to a legislative panel considering whether New Mexico should pay part of the costs of keeping the passenger train on its route across the northeastern part of the state, which includes Las Vegas.

  • Alta Vista to help with insurance

    Submitted to the Optic

    Beginning Saturday, Alta Vista Regional Hospital will help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health insurance Marketplace.

    As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, which began last October and ended in March, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a Marketplace plan. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

  • Weather - Nov. 10, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. South wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 21.