Today's News

  • Illness can’t keep Highlands senior from making history at indoor nationals

    By Chros McDougall

    MANKATO, Minn. — Jillisa Grant got to Minnesota for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, and she immediately got sick.
    Her nose ran. She coughed. Grant called it the flu.

    “When I wake up in the morning I feel horrible,” she said.

    The situation was not ideal for her debut at the indoor championships. Yet three days later, on Friday, Grant leapt 6.26 meters (26 feet, 6 1/2 inches) on her first attempt in the long jump finals.

  • Young Dons off to 3-1 start

    What this year’s version of West Las Vegas baseball lacks in age, it is making up for with poise, hunger, coachability and — yes — experience.

    The Dons have won three of their first four games, beating Santa Fe Indian 11-4 and Socorro 8-4 and 6-5. The lone loss, a 13-1 setback, came against an excellent Hope Christian club expected to contend for a state title come mid-May.

  • Cowboys take 3 of 4 in Nebraska

    Not even the chilly Midwestern winter air could cool the hot New Mexico Highlands bats over the weekend, as the Cowboys won three of four games at Nebraska-Kearney.

    Highlands took the first three games by scores of 10-8, 26-10 and 10-2 before falling in Sunday’s series finale, 12-2.

    It’s an important series win for the Cowboys (13-2 overall and 7-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). UNK has been one of the top three or four teams in the RMAC postseason picture for a number of years.

  • Lobos, Aggies to ‘Dance’

    Las Vegas Optic staff and wire reports

    Saturday night was all right for dancing as both of New Mexico’s major college men’s basketball teams earned tickets to the Big Dance — the NCAA Tournament.

    Drew Gordon’s double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds capped a strong Mountain West tournament run for the University of New Mexico senior forward and earned him Most Valuable Player honors in the Lobos’ 68-59 triumph over No. 18 San Diego State on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 14, 2012

    • NMHU at Western New Mexico (DH), noon, Silver City

    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Aztec tournament, TBA, Aztec
    • Robertson at APS Duals, 7:30 a.m., Albuquerque

    • LCC vs. Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • East official remains on leave

    Las Vegas City Schools Finance Director Myrna Garcia will remain on administrative leave though the end of the fiscal year, though school district officials remain mum on the reason.

    To pick up the slack, the district has contracted with Teresa Casias of Wagon Mound and Theresa Barreras of Tucumcari. Casias and Barreras were each given a $50,000 contract  to oversee the district’s finances.

    Casias is currently employed by Wagon Mound Schools as business manager.

  • State Champs
  • Garcia considering a senate run

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia is considering a run for the senate seat now held by Pete Campos.

    The redistricting plan that has been adopted moves the District 68 seat that Garcia currently occupies to the Rio Rancho area. That means that if Garcia wants to continue serving in the state house, he’ll have to challenge Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Ohkay Owingeh, for the District 40 seat. His other option is to run for the District 8 senate seat now held by Campos.

    Garcia, an Ocaté Democrat, said some of his constituents have urged him to run for the Senate.

  • Civil War’s 150th overshadowed here

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico is in the middle of celebrating its statehood Centennial and some residents say another commemoration remembered in other states is getting overshadowed: the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

    That’s because historians say few know the role New Mexico and other western states played in the war, and some who do know have struggled with how to remember that role.

  • Looking Back - News - March 12, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, March 11 — With the opening of the first State Legislature in Santa Fe today, the eyes of the citizens of the new commonwealth are turned toward that body with interest as it is to elect two senators to the seats in the highest legislative tribunal in the land. Looming as most prominent candidates for senatorial togas are ex-governor William J. Mills of this city and Albert B. Fall of Three Rivers.