Today's News

  • Highlands baseball makes regionals

    For the third time in four seasons, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys are headed to the national tournament in NCAA Division II baseball.

    The Cowboys and head coach Steve Jones learned their postseason fate on Sunday evening.

    Highlands is the No. 4 seed in a six-team Central Regional to be held Thursday through Sunday in Mankato, Minn.

    The Cowboys will play No. 3 seed Colorado Mesa (39-14), their longtime archrival from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, at noon Central time on Thursday, the first day of the regional playoff.

  • Cowboys reap kudos

    Three New Mexico Highlands University baseball players have been recognized for their work in helping get the Cowboys to a 39-14 overall record and a high ranking in the NCAA Division II Central Region throughout the season.

    The Cowboys have earned an invitation to the national tournament, which begins this week with regional playoffs across the country.

  • Gents finish 6-10 campaign

    Submitted to the Optic

    In a feel-good finish to the season, the West Las Vegas Middle School Gents baseball team took down a strong Class 4A Los Alamos with a 7-4 win on April 25.

    The boys have been playing Ironman baseball with only nine players on the team as three of their usual sluggers have been in Chicago with the national award-winning West Las Vegas Business Professionals of America club.

    Led by head coach Isaac Lopez and assistant coach Mike Jaramillo, the Gents were 6-10 and led in every game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 16, 2012

    • NCAA Division II Central Regional: NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 11 a.m.., Mankato, Minn.; St. Cloud State vs. Winona State, 2:30 p.m.; Minnesota State vs. Regis, 6 p.m.
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, TBA, Keyes Park
    • Men’s city league, 5:30, 6:45 p.m., city complex
    • Co-ed city league, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m., Abe Montoya Recreation Center

  • Fire danger remains high

    San Miguel County fire officials are no doubt happy with the recent rainfall, but they warn that wildfires remain a concern.

  • End of the Road
  • Mora Schools get $1.4M grant

    The Mora Independent School District has been awarded a $1.4 million grant to help ensure that it’s students are prepared for college when they graduate from high school.

    “This grant will provide the opportunity for our students to excel from middle school into their collegiate careers,” said Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia. Of the 89 school districts in the state, only 12 are receiving the GEARUP grant, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

  • 50-year-old facing sixth DWI charge

    A 50-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested earlier this month for driving under the influence, sixth offense.

    Ruben Gallegos, of the 900 block of Lagunita Road, was arrested May 5 on the felony drunk driving charge and a misdemeanor charge of having an open container in his vehicle.

  • Local Briefs - May 14, 2012

    Plane crash claims pilot
    A 63-year-old Scotsdale, Ariz., man died after his plane crashed in San Miguel County late Friday.

    Robert Seigal was the sole occupant of the plane, state police Lt. Robert McDonald said. McDonald said Seigal left Nevada on Friday and was heading to Athens, Ga.

    “For unknown reason his plane crashed east of las Vegas off of (N.M) 104, sometime late on (Friday),” McDonald said in an email.

  • Supremacist prison gang numbers grow

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials.

    State numbers show that membership in white supremacist gangs has doubled in prisons during the past 10 years, and state officials worry the numbers may keep climbing.