Today's News

  • Obama threatens to veto ed. bill

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer

    WASHINGTON — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort “a significant step backwards.”

    The veto threat came as lawmakers began debate on the measure in the House. A vote is expected on Friday.

  • Highlands athletes reap honors

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Reis and Tre Humphrey gave opponents double trouble this season on behalf of the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team.

    This week, both brothers were recognized with selection to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team.

    Reis Humphrey, who competed in the 149-pound division, compiled a record of 18-8 with two pins and three major decisions. He was named to the All-RMAC first team.

    Tre Humphrey went 11-6 at 133 lbs., pinning three foes and taking two major decisions. He was named honorable mention all-conference.

  • Riders split with Trinidad

    The Luna Community College baseball team got offensive last weekend and took two games from visiting Trinidad State.

    The Rough Riders won the first and third games of the four-game series 8-4 and 14-1 and lost the second and fourth games 13-12 and 6-4.

    The Rough Riders are now 3-8 on the year. The 14-1 win was called after five innings.

  • State Wrestling - One for the books

    RIO RANCHO — Wrestling is the consummate individual sport, but there was a definite feeling of team synergy this past Saturday afternoon as Robertson’s finalists — all nine of them, out of 14 weight classes — gathered to warm up for the championship round at Santa Ana Star Center.

  • District basketball tourneys nearing conclusion

    West Las Vegas will host Taos in the District 2-4A boys’ basketball championship game at 7 p.m. Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Dons are regular-season champs in the district for the second consecutive season and hope to avoid a misstep like 2014’s loss to runner-up Taos in the title tilt.

  • Boise State snipers drop Lobo men

    By Mike Sullivan
    The Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho  — Derrick Marks scored 30 points and Nick Duncan added a career-best 26 as Boise State defeated New Mexico 76-65 on Tuesday night.

    Duncan made a career-high eight 3-pointers while Marks added five as the Broncos (21-7, 11-4 Mountain West) made a season-high 15 from behind the arc — one shy of tying the single-game school record.

    James Webb III collected 11 rebounds for Boise State, which has won 11 of its past 12 games.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 27, 2015

    • District tournaments, TBA; West Las Vegas boys host championship, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • District JV boys’ championship game: West Las Vegas vs. Pojoaque, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Pojoaque tournament, TBA, Pojoaque
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC indoor championships, TBA, Gunnison, Colo.
    • NCAA Western Regional/RMAC championships, TBA, Pueblo, Colo.


  • Preemption bills worry officials

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

    Officials in both San Miguel and Mora counties are concerned about a bill making its way through the House that would significantly limit the amount of authority New Mexico counties have in regulating oil and gas drilling within their jurisdictions.

    San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger said that if the bill ends up getting enacted into law, it would likely invalidate large portions of the San Miguel County drilling ordinance enacted late last year after about three years of hearings.

  • Cookie Mania - Girl, 8, sets sweet sales goal

    Denika Montoya is on a cookie-selling mission. The second grade student at North Star Elementary has set a goal to sell 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year. For several years, the famous cookies were hard to come by in Las Vegas, as a local troop appeared non-existent.

    For Montoya, the biggest sales are the chocolate, caramel and coconut cookie, Samoas, and the ever-so-popular Thin Mints.

    “She has been very busy,” said Denika’s mother, Olivia Gonzales, “It is an every-day thing for us.”

  • Mora seeks new manager

    Roughly 19 months after coming on board as Mora County manager, Rebecca Montoya is moving on.

    Montoya, who has been on leave since Feb. 1, is officially giving her 30-day notice on March 1 that she will be leaving the county manager post.

    Mora County has already started advertising for Montoya’s replacement. Anyone interested in the job must submit an application, resume and three letters of recommendation to the county by this Friday.