Today's News

  • Sports roundup - Cowgirl sluggers win first series

    Splitting a Sunday doubleheader with Colorado State-Pueblo, the New Mexico Highlands softball team clinched its first series win of the year.

    NMHU, coached by Karin Gadberry, is now 9-17 overall and 4-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Highlands won Sunday’s first game 5-4 in eight innings for a third consecutive victory over the visiting ThunderWolves, then dropped the series finale 14-3 in five frames.

  • Rocky Mountain hey! Griego 2nd, Yara 4th to lead solid showing by LV wrestlers in Denver tourney

    Joseph Paul Griego battled to a runner-up finish in this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Nationals, leading a strong contingent of Las Vegas wrestlers in one of the country’s more prestigious grappling events.

    Griego, a Robertson sophomore who earned a Class 4A state title in February, lost in a rare all-New Mexico final against fellow 145-pounder Richard Govea, the state champ in Class 6A for Volcano Vista. Govea scored a late fall to edge Griego, who finished the weekend with a 6-1 record.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 25, 2015

    Cheer and dance
    • West Las Vegas pre-state performance, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas vs. Hope Christian (DH), 3 p.m., WLV
    • Robertson at Hope Christian, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

    • West Las Vegas at Pecos tournament, TBA, Pecos
    • Robertson JV vs. Hope Christian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS
    • Robertson at Rio Rancho tourney
    Track and field

  • ‘They killed jobs’ - Capital outlay bill goes up in flames

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff
    SANTA FE — Amid partisan fighting and barbs over blame, the New Mexico Legislature failed Saturday to approve legislation that would have paid for hundreds of infrastructure projects throughout the state.

    That capital outlay package approved by the Senate last Tuesday contained more than $21 million in funding for projects in San Miguel County and another $255,000 for Mora County projects. Included in that package was $18 million for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

  • Taking their oaths - West board members sworn in

    Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez and Patrick G. Marquez officially joined the West Las Vegas School board on Thursday evening. Benavidez, 58, beat out Alvin Jiron and John A. Trujillo to take over former board member Gary Gold’s seat. Marquez, who previously served on the board, unseated incumbent Henry J. Abeyta in February’s school board election.

    Board member Marvin Martinez, who was re-elected to the board,  also took his oath of office as he begins his second term as a West Las Vegas School Board member.

  • Commission nominates Ley for senate seat

    San Miguel County Commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting on Friday to recommend Democrat Hugh Ley to fill the District 39 Senate seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Phil Griego.

    Ley, who served eight years as a San Miguel County commissioner, resides in the Pecos area. He owns and operates the Terrero General Store and Riding Stables. He was unable to attend Friday’s meeting.

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  • Legislature Oks bill to release hospital information

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico residents may be getting a new way to check out prices and the quality of care at hospitals and clinics across the state.

    The Santa Fe New Mexico reports that the Legislature has approved and sent Gov. Susana Martinez a bill that melds two legislative proposals.

    The bill would allow the state Department of Health to use the state’s Sunshine Portal website to post hospital-specific information that the department is now barred from releasing.

  • In Brief - News - March 23, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Hiker dies after falling off trail
    Authorities say a teenage girl hiking in the Sandia Mountains has died after falling off a trail.
    Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Williamson says the 17-year-old hiker succumbed to injuries suffered in the fall Saturday while hiking near Sandia Crest. Williamson says rescue personnel had to search for the Albuquerque girl, who was in a remote area.

  • Looking Back - March 23, 2015

    In 1965