Today's News

  • Editor's Note - Our ballots and their debates

    If you’re waiting on a round of Optic-sponsored candidate forums this election cycle, to help you decide who to vote for in the local races, I’ve got bad news for you: We won’t be holding any.

    The Democratic primary election on June 5 decided nearly all local races. Such is the reality of living where one party rules the day.

  • ‘Pokes rally past Mavericks

    Highlands’ Darius Davis hauled in a 3-yard pass from Emmanuel Lewis for a go-ahead score with 1:52 remaining, completing a late rally by the Cowboys for a 40-36 win over Colorado Mesa on Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The comeback from a 16-point deficit gave the Cowboys a 3-0 record in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, a 4-1 overall mark, and a two-game win streak heading into homecoming week.

    Highlands hosts Western State this coming Saturday.

  • Cowboys take the Jam
  • Elks hold on, drop Dons

    On the first play from scrimmage Saturday, Pojoaque Valley quarterback John Ainsworth dashed 67 yards for a touchdown against the visiting West Las Vegas Dons.

    That play may have set the tone for the afternoon, but it was the Elks’ stingy defense that carried through in a 33-24 verdict that sent the Dons to their fifth consecutive defeat.

    Ainsworth rushed for triple-digit yardage, with 84 coming in the first half, and his arm made him a bonafide option threat throughout the game.

  • Cardinals get healthy at Jags’ expense

    If the Robertson Cardinals were looking for relief from their brutal early schedule, they certainly found it Friday night in Santa Fe.

    The Cards had little trouble outdueling the struggling Capital Jaguars in a 35-0 win, which boosted Robertson’s record to 2-3 overall.

    James Gonzales rushed for nearly 200 yards and Dominic Lucero approached the century mark for the Redbirds, who will have this weekend off to prepare for an Oct. 12 homecoming date with Pojoaque Valley.

  • WLV sweeps the silver

    Alonzo Chavez posted the quickest time to date in winning his fourth straight meet.

    Karlene Montaño returned to form near the front of the pack.

    And the West Las Vegas boys’ and girls’ cross country teams swept the runner-up team awards, all in Saturday’s Meadow City Cross Country Invitational, held at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Highlights of prep varsity results are as follows.

  • Weekend Roundup - Cowgirl kickers earn first RMAC victory

    First-half goals by Autumn Woods, Crystal Schuder and Kelsie Roberts went unanswered for the remaining 57 minutes of regulation, and host New Mexico Highlands claimed its first league victory in women's soccer with a 3-0 shutout of Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowgirls improved to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while CSUP dropped to 1-6-1 and 1-4.

    Autumn Woods punched in a Marci Johnson corner at the 20:48 mark for the first goal.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 1, 2012

    • West Las Vegas JV at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS gym

    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Mora (A,B) at Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Pecos (A,B) vs. McCurdy, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Pecos Middle School vs. McCurdy, 4 p.m., Pecos


  • High school diplomas at risk

    More than a quarter of Robertson High School seniors are at risk of not graduating because they have so far been unable to pass the state test that measures proficiency in reading and math.

    Twenty-eight of the school’s 97 seniors are scheduled to retake the test next week.

    Students who fail it again could end up walking away at the end of their senior year with a certificate of completion rather than a high school diploma.

  • Senior Profile - Pat and Marylena Melton

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    Las Vegas Optic

    Pat and Marylena Melton have spent decades juggling a thriving real estate business and their sprawling ranch east of Las Vegas.

    Now they’re ready to take the plunge into retirement.  

    “It’s taken us since December to get to retirement,” Pat said, noting that breaking away from the real estate business hasn’t exactly been an easy task.

    “Our retirement has been an evolution. It takes time to make that transition.”