Today's News

  • School benefit concert Sun.

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Rio Gallinas School for Ecology and the Arts announces a live outdoor concert by the Round Mountain Bluegrass Band from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at United World College-USA.

    The family event starts at 4 p.m.  and includes a bake sale, jewelry and plant sale, face painting and other activities. There will also be a cookout with burgers, hot dogs, corn, sides and drinks for sale.

  • Que Pasa - May 4, 2012

    • Racquetball registrations for the Spring Racquetball 2012 Season. Season will consist of round-robin play, and a double elimination seeded tournament will follow. Registration sheets are available at the front desk. Open registration runs through Friday, May 4. Season will tentatively begin on May 7; duration depends on number of matches. Call Amanda Gallegos at 426-3191 or Alvin Archuleta at 429-3144.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 4, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! DWI IN THE MORNING. State police responded to a crash scene a week ago Friday after a suspected drunken driver crashed into a telephone pole on Mountain View Drive, started to flee and crashed into a car at Seventh Street and Mountain View. Keith T. Gutierrez, 28, of Las Vegas, then ran from his vehicle to the nearby Allsup’s, where he climbed into someone’s vehicle and told the driver to get him out of there, according to the probable cause statement. But it didn’t work.

  • 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.