Today's News

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Election-year issues that will and won’t matter

    In the wake of the Labor Day weekend comes the campaign for Election 2014, in earnest.

    All the noise you’ve heard so far was just the warm-up. Now comes the hyperbole, followed by a big dose of overkill.

    Still, it’s an important election. On every New Mexico ballot this November, there will be boxes to check for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, land commissioner, U.S. senator and representative and five state constitutional amendments.

  • Lumberjacked!

    NMHU Sports Information and Las Vegas Optic

    A balanced attack by Northern Arizona — the No. 24 ranked team in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision — overwhelmed New Mexico Highlands on Saturday in a 62-23 shootout at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.

    Kyren Poe went 14 of 23 for 241 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover to lead NAU’s offense. Marquice Paige and Corbin Jountti combined for 260 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

  • Weekend Roundup - Cardinals cage Lions for 3-0 start

    It may have been Lions Country, but it was Robertson’s Amos Rivera on the prowl Friday night.

    Rivera pitched in as a short-yardage runner and scored the Cardinals’ first two touchdowns to help RHS defeat Santa Rosa 27-6 on the road.

    Robertson’s offensive line were the real kings of the jungle, controlling the line of scrimmage and opening holes for the Cardinal backs to run through all game long.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 15, 2014

    • Robertson (B) vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • Robertson boys (A,B) at St. Michael’s, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Memorial Middle School (7th), 4 p.m., WLV

    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLV

    Cross country

  • Degree program 1st in state

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A new conservation management B.A. degree program at Highlands University is the first in New Mexico, opening career opportunities ranging from forest and resource planning to game wardens and park rangers.

  • Promoting Las Vegas

    A large chunk of change is coming to Las Vegas to promote and market the town, along with its events.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Susana Martinez announced $40,000 of cooperative marking funds has been awarded to Las Vegas for promotional use. The city of Las Vegas will receive $20,000 and MainStreet de Las Vegas will get the other $20,000. The governor made her announcement at the Plaza Park, along with state Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson and Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.

  • Sellers mixed on staying at Plaza Park

    When you visit the Tri-County Farmers Market on either Wednesday or Saturday you would never know there are issues going on behind the scenes. The farmers appear happy and content selling their homegrown goods of sweet peas, green chile, cucumbers, herbs and other items.

    But behind the scenes is plenty of infighting, with some farmers preferring to stay at the original location in the parking lot at Sixth Street and University Avenue while others prefer to sell at Plaza Park on Saturdays.

  • King: Gov ‘does not have Latino heart’

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King said Wednesday he’s not apologizing for comments at a recent fundraiser that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez “does not have a Latino heart.”

    King said in an interview that his remarks were intended to point out that the governor’s policies are contrary to values held by many Hispanic families in New Mexico.

  • 9/11 commemorated amid renewed threat

    By Rachelle Blinder and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Barack Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S.

  • U.S., Arab allies committed to fight

    By Lara Jakes and Adam Schreck
    The Associated Press

    JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Key Arab allies of the United States agreed Thursday to “do their share” to fight the Islamic State group, promising to take action to stop the flow of fighters and funding to the insurgents and possibly to join military action.

    NATO member Turkey refused to join its Arab neighbors in their public pledge, however, signaling the struggle the West faces in trying to get front-line nations to set aside political feuds and work together against a common enemy.