Today's News

  • Several LCC students attend research conference

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    A group of SMET students recently attended The New Mexico Alliance of Minority Participation 2011 Student Research Conference from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

    Felipe Garcia presented on his research of a mechanized green chile destemming machine. Garcia attended a Summer Community College Opportunity Research Experience  program at NMSU this past summer,  where he performed the research for the green chile destemming machine.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 24, 2011

    • West Las Vegas High School Open House, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24. All parents, guardians and community members are encouraged to attend.

    • San Miguel County Family and Community Health Council meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Public Health Office on 18 Gallegos Road. Call 617-0483 for more information.


  • Ground the flight plan

    Last week’s Las Vegas community forum sponsored by the U.S. Air Force drove a few points home — and hopefully our nation’s military leaders took notice. More than that, they should realize the consequences to ignoring such an outcry.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 24, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Collective memories

    Last month’s 10th anniversary of 9/11 got me to thinking about the national experiences that get etched into our collective memory. The ones in which we personally remember where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news.

  • Cowboys 4th in RMAC meet

    Led by Nicaise Kazingo’s 13th place individual finish, New Mexico Highlands scored a respectable fourth-place team result in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s cross country championship race Saturday in Denver.

    Also Saturday, the NMHU women ran ninth of 13 teams.

    Western State surprised Adams State with a sweep of the team titles, winning 27 to 31 on the women’s side and 28 to 31 on the men’s side.

    Lauren Kleppin and Tyler Pennel, both of WSC, won their respective races to earn Runner of the Year honors.

  • Cards: District champs!

    Ben Ratzlaff and Keen Martinez cracked the code of a tenacious Taos defense Saturday for a 2-1 win that — after the application of a tiebreaker formula — secured a District 1 boys’ soccer championship for the Robertson Cardinals.

    The Cardinal boys and their girls’ team counterparts were among the soccer programs who found out their state tournament seedings and first-round matchups on Sunday after this issue of the Optic went to press. (See Wednesday’s paper for follow-up coverage.)

  • Mora girls win ninth straight

    Three gritty victories in as many nights — including a come-from-behind win over big, hard-hitting Bosque Prep — kept alive a nine-match winning streak for the Mora Rangerettes (15-3, 6-0 District 4-2A) this past weekend.

    “These three in a row and four this past week, counting Pecos on Tuesday, this is preparing them for state,” said Mora head volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez. “And two of them were intense games. This is teaching the girls they have to work to get where they want to go.”

  • HU kickers tie Mesa

    Autumn Woods’ shot with just one minute and 21 seconds remaining in regulation tied host Colorado Mesa 1-1 in what would hold up as the final score Friday in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer action in Grand Junction, Colo.

    New Mexico Highlands (9-6-1 overall, 7-4-1 RMAC) was to visit No. 21 nationally ranked Fort Lewis on Sunday in Durango, seeking to hold on to a top-five spot in the league standings as the regular season winds down.

  • Cowgirls shock Grizzlies in RMAC volleyball upset

    Gabriella Rifilato had just set up a Megan Tapia kill to give the RMAC West-leading Adams State volleyball team a 24-22 lead for match point of what would have been a clean sweep Friday night at the Wilson Complex.

    But then things got messy.

    The Highlands Cowgirls staved off elimination as Broke Fahnestock passed to Ashley Nugent for a kill.

    With CiCi Cordova at the service line and Dominique Benton and Kelsey Groff up front, the Cowgirls reeled off three straight points to steal game three.