Today's News

  • A ‘smell’ that won’t go away

    State District Judge Eugenio Mathis made an outstanding call last week when he ruled in favor of Rock Ulibarri in a case involving a pending election of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative. The judge was bold and decisive in his use of the law to right a wrong that otherwise would have usurped a democratic process.

    Unfortunately, however, the process is still at risk of being usurped, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 16, 2012
  • Work of Art - Election reaches new heights

    An article in the New Yorker once told of competition among purveyors of steaks along the tollways.

    My first experience with tollways — long before the Interstate network developed — was getting on the Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma, which in those days, the ‘60s, was the only way to drive across the state in less than a week.

  • Highlands baseball makes regionals

    For the third time in four seasons, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys are headed to the national tournament in NCAA Division II baseball.

    The Cowboys and head coach Steve Jones learned their postseason fate on Sunday evening.

    Highlands is the No. 4 seed in a six-team Central Regional to be held Thursday through Sunday in Mankato, Minn.

    The Cowboys will play No. 3 seed Colorado Mesa (39-14), their longtime archrival from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, at noon Central time on Thursday, the first day of the regional playoff.

  • Cowboys reap kudos

    Three New Mexico Highlands University baseball players have been recognized for their work in helping get the Cowboys to a 39-14 overall record and a high ranking in the NCAA Division II Central Region throughout the season.

    The Cowboys have earned an invitation to the national tournament, which begins this week with regional playoffs across the country.

  • Gents finish 6-10 campaign

    Submitted to the Optic

    In a feel-good finish to the season, the West Las Vegas Middle School Gents baseball team took down a strong Class 4A Los Alamos with a 7-4 win on April 25.

    The boys have been playing Ironman baseball with only nine players on the team as three of their usual sluggers have been in Chicago with the national award-winning West Las Vegas Business Professionals of America club.

    Led by head coach Isaac Lopez and assistant coach Mike Jaramillo, the Gents were 6-10 and led in every game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 16, 2012

    • NCAA Division II Central Regional: NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 11 a.m.., Mankato, Minn.; St. Cloud State vs. Winona State, 2:30 p.m.; Minnesota State vs. Regis, 6 p.m.
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park
    • Men’s city league, 5:30, 6:45 p.m., city complex
    • Co-ed city league, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m., Abe Montoya Recreation Center

  • Fire danger remains high

    San Miguel County fire officials are no doubt happy with the recent rainfall, but they warn that wildfires remain a concern.

  • End of the Road
  • Mora Schools get $1.4M grant

    The Mora Independent School District has been awarded a $1.4 million grant to help ensure that it’s students are prepared for college when they graduate from high school.

    “This grant will provide the opportunity for our students to excel from middle school into their collegiate careers,” said Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia. Of the 89 school districts in the state, only 12 are receiving the GEARUP grant, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.