Today's News

  • Cotto stops Margarito

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Fueled by an exuberant crowd, Miguel Cotto targeted the eye. Cotto unloaded so many punishing uppercuts and head shots to Antonio Margarito, the Mexican star’s right eye was sealed shut.

    A crowd of 21,239 at Madison Square Garden gasped — then roared for Cotto to continue — as the squeamish scene flashed on the big screen.

  • Third-ranked Metro State teams turn Highlands away

    Ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II men’s basketball, the Metro State Roadrunners zipped past New Mexico Highlands 88-68 on Friday night in Denver as both schools opened the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference portion of their schedules.

    Metro State outshot the visiting Cowboys from the floor (47 percent to 40 percent) and got to the foul line more (making 27 of 39 free throws compared to 18 of 25 for NMHU). The Roadrunners also outrebounded their guests 43-33 and forced 22 turnovers.

  • Weather leads to cancellations

    Inclement weather over the weekend led to the first cancellations of the 2011-12 sports year in Las Vegas.

    The first casualty was West Las Vegas’ scheduled girls’ basketball game Friday night against Ruidoso. The Lady Warriors did not make the trip due to snow and icy road conditions resulting from the storm that struck much of the state beginning Friday and continuing Saturday.

    The West Las Vegas wrestling team had been scheduled to travel to Los Lunas for a tournament on Saturday morning but opted against making the trek.

  • Rodriguez: All-American

    For the second time in her illustrious career at New Mexico Highlands University, Julissa Rodriguez has earned All-American status.

    Rodriguez, a 5-5 senior from Kennewick, Wash., was most recently named to the Daktronics NCAA DII Women’s Soccer All-America Third Team. The honor was announced this past Thursday.

    Rodriguez, who played forward for the Cowgirls, ends her career at NMHU as a two-time All-American, a two-time Daktronics All-Region First Team Selection as well as a two-time Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year.

  • Storm, Tigers, Wildcats take state

    It took a two-touchdown fourth-quarter comeback, but the Lovington Wildcats are again state football champs in Class 3A.

    The Cats, whose resumé included wins over both Robertson and West Las Vegas this season, overcame a 10-0 deficit to beat St. Michael’s 14-10 on a chilly Saturday at Ivan Head Stadium in Santa Fe.

    The Horsemen (12-1) were denied an undefeated season and their first title since beating Robertson for it in 2007.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 5, 2011

    • Robertson boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    • NMHU women at Northern New Mexico, 5 p.m., Española
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Rosa (A,B), 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Santa Rosa (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    No varsity events scheduled


  • Breaking: Benavidez convicted of murder

    A San Miguel County jury has convicted Louis "Louie" Benavidez of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of Kevin Duran.

    The verdict was read by District Judge Eugenio Mathis at about 2 p.m. Friday, less than four hours after the jury began deliberating.

    Benavidez, 56, was also convicted of tampering with evidence in the case. His public defender, Stephen Mcilwain, said the verdict will be appealed.

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

  • Court asked to toss sex case

    The former Robertson High School teacher who is facing charges for allegedly carrying on a yearslong sexual relationship with a student is asking that the charges be dismissed because the state violated his constitutional right to a speedy trial.

    Jay Quintana’s criminal defense attorney filed the motion in state district court on Nov. 16. The judge presiding over the case has yet to issue a ruling on the motion.

    Rob Perozynski, the assistant district attorney in Carlsbad prosecuting the case, declined to comment on the motion.

  • Details emerge in HU rape

    The New Mexico Highlands University student raped in her dorm room on Oct. 26 told police she went outside for a walk to get some air at around 4:30 that morning and that she was attacked as she was returning to her room in the new student residence hall.

    The woman told police that her assailant, who was tall, pulled her hair from behind as she opened her dorm room door, that he pulled her earphones from her ear and that he put a knife to her throat and told her that if she said anything he was going to cut her throat.

  • Let the holidays begin

    Las Vegas is kicking off the holiday season on Saturday with the 22nd annual Electric Light Parade and Luna Community College’s “Noche de Luminarias.”

    But if you plan to go, you’d  better bundle up because weather forecasters are predicting chilly temperatures on Saturday with a high near 31 and a low around 13.

    The parade and luminaria tour have long been favorites for locals and visitors alike.