Today's News

  • Noticias, Friday, March 9, 2018

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.  New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

  • Thumbs: Our high-country lowdown on the news, March 9, 2018

    One of the troubles with having a seeded state basketball tournament is that it leads to complaining from adults and kids alike about the process — especially if one seed makes the difference in a road trip spanning hundreds of miles.
    These complaints — whether voiced at games, to Optic staff or on social media, are often overheard by players and coaches.

  • Three months into newspaper ownership

    Three months ago, I bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator. I knew, or should have known, what I was getting into.

    It’s a different experience, owning the whole outfit. For about 10 years, I ran newspapers for a big corporate owner, so I already had a pretty good idea what it takes to run a paper. But being the bona-fide, local owner is a whole other experience, as the almighty buck is now permanently affixed to my desk, which I bought along with the paper.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 9, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 9, 2018.

  • Quarterfinals tough on local teams

    The Pecos Panthers, defending champs in Class 3A boys’ basketball, punched their return ticket to the final four on Wednesday night, bouncing Cuba 70-43 in a quarterfinal held at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    However, after this week's quarterfinals, the Panthers were the only Optic-area team left in the state tournament.

  • Cowgirl foursome at indoor nationals

    Four Cowgirl track and field athletes will represent New Mexico Highlands University at this weekend’s NCAA Division II Indoor national Championships in Pittsburg, Kans.

    Tashay Hunter, Annie Topal, Kristal Robertson and Osheen Erskine will compete at the NCAA meet this Friday and Saturday

  • Cowgirl softball sweeps Eastern

    Sometimes all it takes is a trip back home to make things better.

    Highlands’ softball team doubled its season win total Tuesday afternoon by sweeping a solid Eastern New Mexico program 9-7 and 9-1 at Cowgirl Field. It was the Cowgirls’ home debut after opening with 14 games on the road.

    Two of those 14 games were a doubleheader that Eastern swept on Feb. 20 in Portales.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 9-10

    FRIDAY (March 9)

    • Luna at Odessa College (DH), noon, Odessa, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson at Cobre tournament, TBA, Bayard
    • Class 3A state tournament final, teams TBA, 1:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 4A state tournament final, teams TBA, 3:30 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Luna vs. Dawson Community College (DH), noon, WLV field

  • Fiestas to cover six days this year

    Even though there are nearly four months to go until the first musical notes emanate from the Las Vegas Plaza as part of Fiestas de Las Vegas, planning is well under way, with some important dates and times established.

  • Highlands responds to union criticism

    It’s one of the oldest dispute in organized labor: a union says management has access to more money, as evidenced by salaries and new fancy things; management says its new or revamped items came from such-and-such a source.