Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoons - May 4, 2012


  • Bustos: ‘We accomplished quite a bit’

    Disappointed he won’t be able to continue as Robertson head boys’ basketball coach, David Bustos said he is proud of what he and his team was able to accomplish during his four-year tenure.

    “I don’t really know how much more we could have done in four years,” he told the Optic on Tuesday.

    Within this past week, Bustos learned he would not be rehired as coach. Like all other head coaches at Robertson, he had to reapply this year in the wake of an administrative decision to open and advertise the coaching positions.

  • Cousins top district
  • National rankings for HU

    Both the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team and the school’s women’s track and field squad made a leap upward in the national rankings this past week as their respective seasons wind down.

    Highlands baseball, coached by Steve Jones, has attained its first national ranking of the season, according to NMHU associate athletic director Gavino Archuleta. The online publication College Baseball Lineup has tabbed the Cowboys No. 29 in its most recent ratings.

  • State tennis tourneys under way

    A number of state tournaments are under way or just ahead for local high school athletes. Highlights:

    The Robertson Cardinals boys’ doubles pairing of Marcos Gallegos and Michael Salas passed their first test of the state tournament Wednesday evening.

    Gallegos and Salas dispatched Capps and Garcia from Lovington to reach Thursday morning’s quarterfinals.

    No. 3 seed Amadeo Lopez of West Las Vegas, No. 4 David Romero III of RHS and Nick Newman, also of RHS, were competing in the boys’ singles draw.

  • Luna softball reaches finish

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team ended its season with a 3-1 and 10-2 loss to Otero Community College last week.

    A doubleheader with Trinidad Junior College scheduled at home on Sunday, April 29, was cancelled. The Lady Rough Riders finished the season at 10-34.

    “I think we ended the year on a strong note and we are looking forward to next season,” said LCC head coach Meredith Gilpin. “We have commitments for next year.”

  • Small-school state meet this weekend

    The two-weekend run of state track and field championships commences Friday in Albuquerque.

    This weekend it’s the small schools’ turn in the spotlight, with Class 1A and 2A athletes — including a number from Mora and Pecos — vying for state titles.

    Next weekend, May 11-12, it’ll be the state meet for Class 3A through 5A. Both meets are at the Great Friends of UNM Track and Field Stadium.

  • Bodemeister early fave in Derby

    By Beth Harris
    AP Racing Writer

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — Bob Baffert sure looks to be on a winning streak lately — and that applies not only to his horses but to his health as well.

    The trainer certainly had good fortune in the Kentucky Derby draw where his Bodemeister was made the early 4-1 favorite after landing a good post position for Saturday's race.

    It's the third time Baffert has had the morning-line favorite; the first two didn't work out.

  • LVCS 5th grade hoops tourney finishes Friday

    The 11th annual Las Vegas City Schools Fifth-Grade Basketball Tournament is due to wrap up a three-day run Friday morning at Memorial Middle School Gym.

    Both boys’ and girls’ championship games will be Friday morning, said organizer and coach Mark Herrera.

    Coach Henry Sanchez first started this annual event when he was head boys’ basketball coach at Robertson.

  • Go Fish - May 4, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
    Clayton Lake: April 24, Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught a 7.5-pound walleye. He was using a jig.