Today's News

  • Clutch effort lifts Cowgirls

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands broke a 1-1 stalemate by scoring a pair of second-half goals within 15 seconds, and the Cowgirls picked up a critical three points with a 3-1 win against CSU-Pueblo Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Oct. 20, 2014

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • Robertson boys vs. Portales, 5 p.m., RHS Field
    • Robertson girls at Portales, 3 p.m., Portales
    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona

    • Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas Middle School, 5 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    Cross country

  • Murder trial under way

    The prosecution and defense in the Joseph “Wicked” Montoya murder trial agreed on a great deal during their opening statements to the jury on Wednesday.

  • Colors of Fall
  • Mora continues drilling ban

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Mora County commissioners voted to continue an oil and gas drilling ban that has triggered lawsuits from the industry while gaining the support of residents concerned about pollution.

    The ban adopted in an April 2013 ordinance made the northern New Mexico county the first in the nation to permanently prohibit drilling.

    Two commissioners recently said they planned to repeal the ordinance. But only one reversed his position Tuesday, making the 2-1 vote favoring the ban a surprise.

  • San Miguel finalizing its drilling ordinance

    Four years after San Miguel County began actively working on developing regulations for oil and gas drilling within its boundaries, the Commission is close to reaching the finish line.

  • HU to award 200 teacher scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two hundred teachers will receive tuition and textbook scholarships to pursue online master’s degrees in education at Highlands University, thanks to a new $2.1 million grant from the United States Department of Education.

    The 5-year grant funds new online graduate degrees at Highlands in curriculum and instruction, special education, or rehabilitation counseling. The grant also funds three new School of Education faculty and other staff.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 17, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 7 and Oct. 14:

    Maximilian Bond, 28, stalking, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Joseph Montoya, 33, hold for court
    Joseph Rue, 19, aggravated battery, failure to pay, bench warrant,  SM Magistrate/Lincoln County Magistrate
    David Sanchez, 34, aggravated stalking, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Thomas Romero, 55, driving on suspended revoked license, failure to stop, no insurance, no registration, false or improper use of registration

  • Gov spends $1.9 million on re-election

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spent nine times more than Democratic challenger Gary King during the past month as she flooded the airwaves with hard-hitting television campaign ads, according to fundraising reports filed Tuesday.

    Martinez retains a hefty advantage in campaign cash over King with Election Day looming only a few weeks away.

    The incumbent reported cash-on-hand of $2.7 million as of last week, while King had $123,651.

  • Area man wins ATV in raffle

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past Saturday was a lucky day for Anton Chico resident John Gonzales when candidate for U.S. Congress Jeff Byrd handed over the keys to a shiny blue 2014 Polaris 550 Touring ATV.

    Gonzales was accompanied by family, including his wife and graddaughter (pictured) when Byrd and campaign consultant and chairman of the county GOP, Rey Herrera, presented him with his prize.