Today's News

  • Much to be thankful for

    If you’re like most Americans, your turkey is already in the refrigerator thawing, your kitchen cupboards are overflowing with groceries for the big meal and you’re looking forward to a gathering of family and friends and to a much deserved day off from work.

    As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving, the Optic’s Editorial Board would like to wish you a wonderful holiday and to share some of the things we’re grateful for.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 25
  • Work of Art: Revisiting Nuremberg trials

    NUREMBERG, Germany — It’s an eerie feeling, standing above the actual courtroom where possibly recent history’s most infamous trial took place. Through the years there have been attempts to keep the ‘40s structure suitable for visitors’ tours, but there’s evidence some of the improvements didn’t take place until possibly the past two decades.

  • Highlands runner 12th at nationals

    Collins Kurui raced his way to All-American honors by placing 12th individually in the NCAA Division II cross country championships this past Saturday in Joplin, Mo.

    The New Mexico Highlands University freshman crossed the finish line in 30 minutes and five seconds, the 12th fastest time and 41 seconds behind the 29:24 posted by national champion Alfred Chelanga of Shorter University.

  • Redbirds advance to state semifinals

    Marc Grano took the first handoff of the game from Arjay Ortiz and looked for a hole in the Bloomfield defense.

    He got a little more than that.

    The Robertson offensive line plowed a yawning chasm in the Bobcat front, and Grano stepped through and kept running.

    Sixty-five yards later, he was in the end zone for the first of seven Cardinal touchdowns in a 49-6 romp Saturday that propelled RHS into the Class 4A state football semifinals.

  • No. 5 Buffs turn away NMHU

    The No. 5 ranked women’s basketball team in the nation, West Texas A&M, turned away New Mexico Highlands’ upset bid this past Saturday.

    The Lady Buffs improved to 4-0 with a 67-55 win on their home floor in Canyon, Texas.

    The Cowgirls fell to 2-1.

    WTAMU parlayed a fast start into a 40-21 halftime advantage.

  • West to host hoops for Thanksgiving weekend

    In 2014-15 school year, the West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball season extended all the way to mid-March and the Class 4A title game.

    It was an occasionally bumpy, sometimes exhilarating but almost always entertaining ride that fell just a few bounces short of a coveted state championship in the hallowed Pit.

    Here we go again.

  • HU wrestlers in Nebraska

    Cody Marquez placed third and Dan Gaylor fourth in the Elite brackets to lead the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team this past weekend at the Holiday Inn Invite in Kearney, Neb.

    Marquez, a 197-pounder, scored an 8-2 decision over Adams State’s Joe Bencomo in the third-place match. After having lost in the quarterfinals, Marquez won three straight to place.

  • Good vibes back in Dallas; Romo undefeated this fall

    By Schuyler Dixon
    AP Sports Writer

    IRVING, Texas  — Even safety Barry Church felt a boost from the return of Tony Romo as the Dallas Cowboys ended a losing streak that covered all seven games their Pro Bowl quarterback missed.

    And maybe it’s not a coincidence that a defense struggling to make big plays while Romo sat with a broken left collarbone got its first touchdown of the season on Rolando McClain’s interception return for the first points in a 24-14 win at Miami on Sunday.

  • Unbeaten Carolina’s pass rush getting boost

    By Steve Reed
    AP Sports Writer

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — The unbeaten Carolina Panthers already have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL — and more help is on the way.

    The Panthers plan to activate defensive end Charles Johnson from short-term injured reserve on Tuesday. Coach Ron Rivera said he expects Johnson will play on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys.