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Today's News

  • Fall Flight Festival under way

    Submitted to the Optic

    It’s fall again, and several refuge ponds currently have sufficient water to provide safe harbor for waterfowl; calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds.

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas, will be open each of the first four Sundays in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4 1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. All events at the refuge are free.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 7, 2014

    A WELL-RUN ELECTION
    Melanie Rivera and her staff at the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office did another great job on Tuesday’s general election. Voters throughout the county were able to get in and cast their ballots without significant waits, and no major problems were reported. It was the last election that Rivera will run because she’s leaving her county clerk post to become a magistrate judge. We hope the person who the Commission appoints to replace Rivera will carry on Rivera’s tradition of being responsive to constituents.

  • Another Perspective: Time to check your health coverage for 2015

    By Bob Moos

    Now’s the time to check your health care coverage for 2015 or sign up for the first time.

    More than 7 million Americans, including 32,062 New Mexico residents, got coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the program’s first open enrollment period a year ago.

    This year’s marketplace open enrollment begins on Nov. 15.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 7, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on treating  Ebola-fighting heroes as criminals (Oct. 27):
    The mandatory quarantine rule that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie imposed Friday to combat the spread of Ebola underscores the need to keep politics out of this important public health issue. Policy decisions on Ebola should be based on science, not fear.

  • LV teams battle on in soccer postseason

    Sometimes all it takes is one momentary lapse — or one beautifully played sequence — to make the difference between victory and defeat.

    That’s pretty much all it took for New Mexico Highlands (11-4-4) to break through against Fort Lewis on Wednesday evening in the opening match of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament.

    Highlands won 1-0 and will play the No. 1 seed, Colorado School of Mines, in a tourney semifinal 2 p.m. Friday in Golden, Colo. Mines is the No. 9 ranked team in NCAA Division II.

  • Vegas Bowl

    There’s plenty to play for in this year’s Robertson-West Las Vegas football game.
    Vegas Bowl kicks off at high noon on Saturday at the Herrera Complex, and both squads have prizes at stake in what is traditionally the Meadow City’s most-anticipated gridiron clash of the year.

    Robertson is 9-0 overall, 2-0 in district, and hasn’t lost a game in more than a year. Coach Leroy Gonzalez’s Cardinals can wrap up an undefeated regular season and a District 2-4A title, as well as lock up the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs with a win Saturday.

  • Jones era marked by successes

    When Steve Jones arrived on the New Mexico Highlands University campus back in 1997, he didn’t exactly have a lot to work with.

    “When I got here, I had a baseball, a bat or two, and maybe a couple uniforms.“

    And the team itself hadn’t been setting the world on fire, either.

  • RHS girls outlast Taos

    As the evening got later Wednesday, Hannah Lopez went from bit player to the deciding factor in Robertson’s 3-1 win over Taos in the first match of the District 2-4A volleyball tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals won 27-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-17, advancing to a Thursday night semifinal at Pojoaque Valley. The winner of that contest will play at regular-season champ West Las Vegas on Saturday night for the district championship.

  • Rugby upset: Vatos stun No. 3 Denver

    Las Vegas Optic

    The 13th nationally ranked New Mexico Highlands University rugby club upset No. 3 Denver University this past weekend 27-12, remaining unbeaten for the fall at 6-0.

    According to head coach P.J. Trujillo, it’s the first league defeat for the Denver Pioneers in three years and gives the Vatos sole possession of first place in the Frontier League.

    The physical play of the Vatos was evident throughout the entire game as the Vatos took an early lead and defended well.

  • State meet is Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic

    Robertson’s girls and West Las Vegas’ boys, as well as several individual runners from the area, will be among those contending in this weekend’s state championship meet in Rio Rancho.

    The meet gets under way at 9:15 a.m. with races in all classifications and will run through the early afternoon at Rio Rancho High School.

    As the district runner-up on the girls’ side, the Lady Cardinals qualified for state as a team. So did the third-place Dons on the boys’ side. Top three teams make the field.