Today's News

  • Lady Cards reach final

    RIO RANCHO — Robertson made it all the way to Saturday’s  state championship match in Stacy Fulgenzi’s first season as head coach.

    It was the program’s third title match appearance in the past decade and its first since 2008.

    But top-ranked Sandia Prep, 23-1, didn’t look impressed, blasting to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 sweep and repeating as Class 4A state champion.

  • Dons can’t get past St. Mike’s

    SANTA FE — Back in the state playoffs after a 13-year absence, the West Las Vegas Dons averted a shutout but couldn’t do much more at St. Mike’s, a team accustomed to playing deep into November.

    The sixth-seeded Horsemen (8-3) scored the first 29 points and rode that to a 42-6 win Saturday at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.

    It was St. Mike’s second win over the district rival Dons in eight days after a 47-8 tally on Nov. 5 in the regular-season finale.

  • Cowboys finish grid slate 0-11

    Highlands’ most prolific scoring output of the football season wasn’t enough to lift the Cowboys to victory this past Saturday.

    Visiting Adams State won a shootout 50-40 in the regular-season finale, sending NMHU to an 0-11 final record in Jeff Mills’ second season in charge.

    The Cowboys led twice in the opening quarter, as Cody Keith hit Jairan Manning for one touchdown and ran for another.

  • BREAKING: Rangerettes state champs

    RIO RANCHO -- The Mora Rangerettes are Class 2A state volleyball champions.

    Mora defeated the tournament's top seed Mesilla Valley Christian in four sets after winning the first two on Saturday morning at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    Robertson also reached the championship match but lost to defending 4A champion Sandia Prep in straight sets. 

    Check back for more information in the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • No charges in singer’s death

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator has ruled the death of award-winning musician Preston Garza a homicide.

    “This 44-year-old man, Preston Garza, died of chokehold strangulation,” OMI states in an autopsy report recently released to the Optic.

    But District Attorney Richard Flores said Friday that he has decided not to file charges in the case, saying that based on what he has reviewed, Garza’s son Austin did not intend to harm his father. Flores said Austin Garza has a viable case for self-defense.

  • Questions raised about Hispano Chamber

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is warning area business owners to beware of another organization soliciting membership fees in the area.

    Travis Regensberg, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said his organization has fielded multiple calls from area business owners who believed they had already paid their membership dues to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, when they had actually paid the money to another group that calls itself the Las Vegas Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

  • Yjastros Flamenco dance company to perform at Highlands

    Correction — A front page story in Sunday’s Optic contained incorrect information on ticket prices for Friday’s Yjastros Vivo Flamenco Concert. Children 12 and younger will be charged $8 for admission.

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    Highlands University presents Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company in concert at 7 p.m., Friday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Yjastros, now in its 31st season, is an internationally acclaimed flamenco company based in Albuquerque.

  • 2 Navajo women may have been first GI Janes

    By Charles Brunt
    The Albuquerque Journal

    While compiling a lengthy list of Sandoval County veterans — from the Civil War through Vietnam — retired Army colonel and amateur historian David C’de Baca made an intriguing find: Two Navajo women who served as scouts with the Army’s 20th Infantry Regiment in the summer of 1886 could be the first women to have officially been enlisted in the U.S. Army.

  • Paying Tribute to Veterans
  • How Trump could affect key areas of economy

    By Josh Boak and Bernard Condon
    The Associated Press

    Donald Trump won the presidency by pledging to restore a vanished and golden economic era, when growth roared, factory jobs flourished and America sat unchallenged atop the global economy.

    Yet he never offered much of a roadmap.