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Today's News

  • Buffs stuff Cowboys

    West Texas A&M turned away visiting New Mexico Highlands without giving up a win in a three-game baseball series over the weekend in Canyon, Texas.

    The Buffs had to sweat out the opener before pulling out a 4-3 verdict, but they followed that with 12-3 and 11-1 wins.

    NMHU (2-5) will open its home schedule Friday through Sunday with a series against onetime league rival Fort Hays State.

    The Cowboys led 3-0 in the opener and starter Dakota Pacheco had a shutout intact through five innings.

  • District hoops picture gains clarity

    Taos and Robertson have just about written their names onto the District 2-4A basketball championship banners for boys’ and girls’ hoops, respectively.

    As for the rest of the pack — especially in the crowded middle of the boys’ division?

    Stay tuned. It’s going to be a wild final week of the regular season.

    Taos zeroed in on the regular-season District 2-4A boys’ basketball championship Saturday night, beating West Las Vegas — its closest competitor much of the season — in a 68-38 romp at home.

  • HLC report on NMHU site visit is positive

    A report released from the Higher Learning Commision, shortly after five of its peer reviewers made a November accreditation site visit to Highlands University, has many positive reviews on progress NMHU has made, making it seem possible Highlands is inching closer toward having its probation status removed.

  • Man sentenced for battery on officer, other crimes

    A Las Vegas man recently was sentenced to 18 months in state prison on two charges — nearly two years after an incident that began with an arrest for shoplifting $70 worth of merchandise.

  • Weekend sports update: District hoops slates reach last week

    Taos zeroed in on the regular-season District 2-4A boys' basketball championship Saturday night, beating West Las Vegas -- its closest competitor much of the season -- in a 68-38 romp.

    Most district teams have just a couple of games left this week to wrap up the regular season. District tournaments are the following week.

    Also this weekend:

    Mora boys defeated Questa 98-21, Mora girls beat Questa 55-52 before falling to Coronado 51-38, Pecos boys beat Desert Academy 88-22, and Pecos girls topped Desert Academy 60-6.

  • Area wrestlers win 13 district titles

    Las Vegas-area wrestlers captured a total of 13 individual district championships on Saturday, and 34 will advance to the state tournaments Feb. 16-17.

    At the District 2&5 4A tourney in Tucumcari, Robertson won titles in six weight classes and -- by virtue of placing in the top five -- had all 14 varsity grapplers earn a trip to state. The district champs are Justin Salazar, Andrew Trujillo, Leon Lujan, Jonathan Trujillo, Tristan Trujillo and Darian Duran.

  • Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge — candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With a municipal election set for March 6, it’s time to brush up on where the two Municipal Court judge candidates stand on some issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all city candidates. Here is the response from challenger Steve Pacheco; a response from incumbent Eddie Trujillo will be published and added to the online version of this story, once received.

  • Las Vegas council candidate questionnaires — Ward 1

    Editor’s note: With the municipal election set for March 6, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on some issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all city candidates. Here are the Ward 1 responses; a response from John Lucero will be published and added to the online version of this story, once received.

  • Luna Trustees hire Colo. firm for president search
  • Researching a serpent

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University professor’s Fulbright Scholar Award to study green anaconda snakes in Brazil aims to shed light on possible new species of the largest snake in the world, aiding conservation efforts.