Today's News

  • WLV alumni shine for Cowgirls

    Former West Las Vegas star point guard Miranda Martinez scored a team-high 14 points in her collegiate debut for New Mexico Highlands Monday night in Flagstaff, Ariz.

    Poor shooting and a rebounding disparity sank the Cowgirls’ upset bid as NCAA Division I Northern Arizona defeated Highlands 84-53.

    The exhibition game was the first of the season for both schools.

  • RMAC soccer tourney: NMHU hosts FLC

    To reach the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer semifinals, Highlands will have to do something it hasn’t been able to do in two previous tries this fall -- beat Fort Lewis.

    The Cowgirls (10-4-4 overall, 7-3-4 RMAC) are the No. 4 seed and host No. 5 FLC at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 5, 2014

    • RMAC tournament first-round match: NMHU women vs. Fort Lewis, 4:30 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • District 2-4A tournament: Robertson vs. Taos, 7 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 5

    Vegas Bowl tickets on sale
    Advance tickets for Saturday’s West vs. Robertson football game will be sold starting Monday in the West Las Vegas athletics office. Tickets are $5 and $3. For more information contact the WLV athletics office at 426-2519.

  • A $400,000 swindle

    The FBI is investigating a scheme in which a property buyer, purportedly from China, defrauded a Las Vegas title company out of more than $400,000.

    An employee from New Mexico Land & Title Co. reported the incident to Las Vegas police on Oct. 23, according to a report obtained late last week by the Optic through a request under the state’s open records law.

    “It’s an ongoing investigation, and the FBI has asked us not to comment until we get some resolution,” Jay Moore, of New Mexico Land & Title, said Friday.

  • Honoring a colleague - Building formally dedicated Friday

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Maria H. Paiz’ favorite holiday was Halloween and on Friday Oct. 31, 2014, Luna Community College formally dedicated the administration building in her honor.

    Paiz who was the executive office manager for the president’s office, passed away in April. She worked at Luna Community College for 13 years.

  • Udall, Weh trade barbs in debate

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The unpopular leadership in Washington quickly became the focus Thursday night as first-term U.S. Sen. Tom Udall squared off with Republican challenger Allen Weh in their first and only televised debate.

    Election Day is Tuesday.

  • Regents chair says search firm likely

    The chairman of the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents says the university will likely hire a presidential search firm and appoint a search committee to find President Jim Fries’ replacement.

    Fries announced last week that he is planning to retire this summer.

    Exactly how Highlands will proceed with the search will be up to the university’s board of regents. Leveo Sanchez, chairman of the board, said that once the search begins, he hopes it can be completed in four to five months.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Nov. 2 — State Sen. Fabian Chavez of Santa Fe was the keynote speaker at the Mora County Democrat banquet Saturday at the parochial school gym in Mora, with more than 1,000 persons attending. Mora County Democrat Chairman Fermin Pacheco served as master of ceremonies. Chavez spoke in detail of the entire Democratic ticket in the state and urged the re-election of Donald A. Martinez as district attorney.

  • Looking ahead - News - Nov. 3, 2014

    Hearing on oil and gas ordinance
    One of the last public hearings for the San Miguel County oil and gas regulatory ordinance is at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3 in the Commission chambers - second floor of the courthouse. Commissioners are expected to take action on the ordinance during a meeting on Nov. 12.