Today's News

  • Slack earns national kudos

    NMHU and Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Salcia Slack won her second NCAA Division II Field Athlete of the Week honor after an outstanding performance at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships this past weekend.

    Slack received the honor Tuesday in an announcement by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

  • Luna gets one in Midland

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College freshman pitcher Tyler McDaugle and the Rough Riders defense held Western Junior College Athletic Conference opponent Howard College to one run in game three of a four-game series on Tuesday.

    The 3-1 victory was the lone win for the Rough Riders. They lost 5-0 in the opener, 16-1 in the second game and 8-1 in game four.

    The games were originally scheduled to be played in Big Springs, Texas, but were played in Midland due to weather conditions.

  • Isotopes tickets on sale Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Tickets for individual Albuquerque Isotopes games will go on sale to the public 10 a.m. Saturday at the Isotopes Park Box Office and online at abqisotopes.com.

    Ticket prices remain unchanged for the 2015 season and the full promotional schedule is available on the team Web site.

    Beginning promptly at 10 a.m., individual game tickets will be available for purchase at the Isotopes Park Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at abqisotopes.com.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 6, 2015

    • LCC vs. Odessa JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas at Los Lunas tourney, TBA, Los Lunas
    • Girls’ state tournament first-round games: West Las Vegas at Taos, 7 p.m., Taos; Robertson at St. Michael’s, 6 p.m., Santa Fe; Mora vs. Mountainair, 6 p.m., Montoya Gym; Pecos vs. Santa Rosa, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • LCC at. Odessa JC (DH), 1 p.m., Odessa, Texas


  • BREAKING: Adams, Sisneros prevail in Luna board races

    Las Vegas Optic

    Michael Adams easily defeated incumbent Tony A. Valdez and Richard D. Jaramillo Tuesday to win a six-year term on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    Adams walked away with 68 percent of the vote in the District 2 race, which encompasses much of West Las Vegas. Jaramillo came in second with about 21.7 percent of the vote with Valdez securing just 10.2 percent of the vote.

    Adams is a former Luna employee who at one time served as the college's information technology director.

  • Local students join protests

    Despite frigid temperatures, roughly 25 students from both Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School hit the streets peacefully on Monday morning in protest of the state-mandated PARCC test. They were among hundreds of students throughout New Mexico to protest the new computer-based standardized test.

  • Accused embezzler reaches plea deal

    The former Rogers Mortuary employee accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the business has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement as part of a plea agreement that will keep her out of prison.

    Molly Martinez, 63, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony in February. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 13.

  • Iron Tribe to feature contemporary cast iron art

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Leading international and national contemporary iron artists are featured in an art exhibit at Highlands University that is part of Iron Tribe 2015, an iron art conference March 5 through 7, that is open to the public.

    The Iron Tribe exhibit is in the university’s Burris Hall Gallery, 903 National Ave. The closing reception is March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. The international artists are from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Estonia, Japan and Canada. Stateside, artists range from New York to New Mexico to California.

  • Looking Back - March 4, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, March 1 — The West Las Vegas Dons earned the District 1-B basketball championship after a hard-fought game  against Mora, winning 69-67. They received a trophy from Donald B. Morrison of Cimarron, vice president of the New Mexico Activities Association for District 1-B. Dons players are Pete Lucero, Danny Herrera, Herman Martinez, Delfie Trujillo, Archie Martines, Frank Montenegro, Mike Tejada, Bennie Gallegos and Frank Rodriguez.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 4, 2015

    Free tax return preparation available
    Free 2014 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. You do not have to be a senior, or a member of AARP, to receive the help. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays (only) through April 13, at the Highlands Student Union, third floor. Call 505-652-4106 for an appointment. Walk-ins welcome and are served as possible between appointments. Bring all your documents.