Today's News

  • Cowboys 21, Grizzlies 20

    New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team broke through for its first dual meet win of the winter Thursday night — and it came down to the very last move of the very last match.

    With the Cowboys trailing Adams State 20-18 going into the final bout, 220-pounder Tuli Laulu scored a go-ahead takedown for the visiting Grizzlies.

    But after tying the match a couple times, Highlands’ Christopher Collins broke the stalemate with an abrupt low ankle pick for a 6-4 lead with 40 seconds left.

  • Redbird wrestlers take down Trinidad

    With wins over Taos and Trinidad (Colo.) this past week, Robertson’s wrestling team proved as adept in dual competition as they have been in tournaments.

    Winning at Taos on Tuesday was a chore, as the Tigers showed strength at multiple weights, serving notice that the district title will be no cakewalk.

    Robertson’s Andrew Trujillo, Johnathan Trujillo, Ricco Romero, Seth Ludi, Tristan Trujillo, Javier Mares, Juwan Jacobs and Babatunde Okundaye all picked up individual wins to secure a 42-33 team victory.

  • This weekend, 3 great QBs — and Ryan

    The Associated Press
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Matt Ryan knew the question was coming.

    There are four quarterbacks still standing in the NFL playoffs.

    Only one has failed to win a Super Bowl title.

    “Yet,” Ryan shot back, pointing toward the questioner with a big smile, breaking the room up.

    With his greatest season, Ryan has guided the Atlanta Falcons within two wins of their first Super Bowl title.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 22, 2017

    • West Las Vegas boys (C) and girls (C) at Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Moriarty, 4 p.m., WLVMS
    • Valley Middle School boys at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m. Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española


  • City, acequias close to settlement

    The city’s top administrator says the municipality and the Rio Gallinas Acequia Association are close to a deal that would bring an end to the water rights litigation that has been raging for more than six decades.

    “We’re close,” City Manager Richard Trujillo told the Optic on Thursday.

  • Music awards - Locals receive top honors

    The New Mexico Hispano Music Association honors musicians for their talent each year. Two Las Vegas residents received prestigious awards during this year’s awards show Saturday at the Ohkay Casino and Conference Center in Española.

    Vocalist Brenda Ortega walked away with the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year award for her song “Armorcito de mi Vida.”

    KFUN radio personality Mike “Roadrunner” Baca received the Hispano Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mark Ipiotis Award during the 26th annual show.

  • Lawmakers embrace moves to close budget gap

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico state Senate approved a package of budget solvency bills Wednesday as lawmakers rushed to fill a lingering financial gap for the current year.

    The House of Representatives is likely to vote Thursday on the plan to close an $80 million deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30. The bills would replenish the state’s general fund reserves to at least $165 million, or nearly 3 percent of annual spending, by taking money from other areas of government.

  • HU hires new nursing director

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Jeanie Flood is the new nursing director at New Mexico Highlands University’s online RN-BSN Program.

    Flood holds a doctorate in nursing and has more than 15 years of experience in nursing education. Since 2004, she taught on the nursing faculty at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where she led the RN-BSN Program for eight years and it quadrupled in size. Flood also coordinated the BSN Program.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 20, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 7 and Jan. 12:
    Paul Valdez, 30, battery upon a peace officer, possession, delivery, or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Nakia Baca, 35, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Chusai Padilla, 34, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Juan Rubio, 27, three-day sanction-positive urinalysis, Adult Probation Office

  • Women’s March set for Saturday in Santa Fe

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, hundreds are expected to participate in the Women’s March in our nation’s capital while many local residents will participate in a similar march in Santa Fe. Las Vegas resident Noyola Padilla-Archibuque is planning to attend Saturday’s march. She was one of the five electors for the state for this past presidential election.

    The march is scheduled the day after the presidential inauguration and coincides with the national Women’s March in Washington, D.C.