Today's News

  • Sexual predators and the trash heap of history

    It seems a lot of powerful men are having to face the fact that they’re sexist pigs. Some may even be rapists.

    Maybe they thought it was all fun and games, but now they are being confronted with a new age of feminism in which unwanted sexual advances can get you ostracized, or prosecuted.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

  • Opioid deaths: we must do more

    The following editorial was recently published in the Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News.

  • Seeing red

    Robertson volleyball is playing in the Class 4A state tournament this weekend, looking to return to the championship match (3 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho). Check the Optic website, lasvegasoptic.com, for updates from the tourney.

  • On guard: Highlands men’s hoops shifts focus to backcourt

    A new season of Cowboy basketball brings with it a definite new look.

    While New Mexico Highlands’ men’s team developed a reputation for high-flying, above-the-rim athleticism in recent years, the new version of the squad figures to be more about ball control, deliberation, passing and better shot selection on offense as well as more disciplined defense.

  • Prep soccer: RHS soccer honored at all-district level

    Postseason honors are beginning to roll in for high school soccer season, and both Robertson programs have reaped all-district awards after a year in which both Cardinals and Lady Cardinals finished in the top 10 and made it to the quarterfinals of the state tournaments.


  • Youth sports: Outlaws win state title

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas Outlaws 9-10 youth football team captured the New Mexico AYF state title on Sunday with a 46-6 romp over East Mountain, while the 11-12 squad also reached the final before finishing as runners-up.

    C.J. Perea passed for four touchdowns – two to Patrick Rodriguez Jr., one apiece to Ethan Tafoya and Josh Martinez -- and ran for another. Tafoya and Devaughn Kensey each ran for TDs as well.

  • Four Highlands runners Academic All-Americans

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands cross country teams concluded the fall campaign at the NCAA Regionals in Canyon, Texas, on Saturday.

    Neither the men or women moved on to the national meet but four NMHU athletes earned Academic All-American status for the season.

  • Griego trial: Private talk described

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE —  A former top-ranked New Mexico lawmaker told a jury he was confronted in his state Capitol office in 2014 by a senator for interfering with the proposed sale of a state-owned building.

  • State volleyball: Lady Cards earn bye

    Robertson volleyball breezed past its first test of the Class 4A state tournament Thursday afternoon, beating two opponents in pool play.

    The Lady Cardinals, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 team in 4A, swept  Hatch Valley and then Hope Christian to finish first in Pool B. As a result, they receive a bye through the first round of bracket play, which was set for Thursday night.

    Robertson will play in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday's first-round match between Silver and Bosque.