Today's News

  • Victory for Panthers, Cowboys

    Sweeping the top four individual placings and landing all five varsity scorers in the top six, Pecos’ boys cruised to a commanding victory in their own Ron Valdez Cross Country Invitational this past Saturday.

  • Cards rock No. 2 St. Mike’s

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic
    A 65-yard scamper by Robertson sophomore quarterback Arjay Ortiz in the closing minutes of regulation gave the Cardinals all the insurance needed in a 25-20 upset of St. Mike’s on Saturday in Santa Fe.
    It was the first loss of the season for the Horsemen (3-1), who entered the weekend ranked as high as No. 2 in Class 4A football. RHS improved to 2-2 and collected its second win in as many weeks.

  • HU upsets Skyhawks

    Salina Lucero has given the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team little bursts of energy in each of the Cowgirls’ four matches this fall.
    On Sunday, that energetic play delivered a game-winning goal with just seconds left in the first half of a 1-0 upset of Fort Lewis College.

  • Split for Cowgirls

    Highlands volleyball (3-5, 1-1) split its weekend home matches as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule got under way, taking a 3-2 win over Western State on Friday, then falling 3-1 against Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday.
    Western State was zeroing in on a sweep Friday night after 25-16 and 25-21 wins in the first two sets. But the Cowgirls rallied to win three straight, 25-20, 25-22, 15-13.
    Andrea Nuñez led with 15 kills; Shayli Schultz had 20 assists and five blocks.

  • Cardinals triumph at No. 2 St. Mike's

    A 65-yard scamper by Robertson sophomore quarterback Arjay Ortiz in the closing minutes of regulation gave the Cardinals all the insurance needed in a 25-20 upset of St. Mike's on Saturday in Santa Fe. 

    Robertson led 12-0 in the third quarter before the host Horsemen struck for two touchdowns and stole control at 14-12 with 11:07 left in the fourth quarter. 

    Then Sebastian Gonzales returned a kickoff past midfield, and the ensuing drive ended with a 6-yard scoring run up the middle by Amos Rivera. 

  • Dons shut out in the Jungle

    Junior Vargas rushed for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lead Capital to a 48-0 romp against visiting West Las Vegas.

    It was the second straight win for an improved Jaguars team (2-2), which plays at Robertson next Friday the 25th. The Dons fell to 1-3.

    For more on the weekend in Meadow City sports, check back with lasvegasoptic.com and our print editions.

  • Life After Katrina

    Aug. 29 marked the 10th anniversary of one of America’s largest, widest-spreading catastrophes when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and much surrounding territory in her wake.
    An estimated 1,200 to 1,800 people died, costs of the wreckage amounted to billions of dollars, and the population of that once major, vibrant city diminished in a matter of days.

  • Fort Union begins Artist-in-Residence program

    Submitted to the Optic
    A sculpture and installation artist who resides in Oregon, and a landscape photographer and former BLM law enforcement officer have been selected as Fort Union National Monument’s first Artists-in-Residence.
    The National Parks Arts Foundation, a non-profit, has been working with the National Park Service to launch the inaugural Fort Union National Monument Artist-in-Residence program. The artists, selected by a panel of judges, will spend the late fall months of October and November at the historic Northern New Mexico monument. 

  • GOP leaders seek to avert shutdown

    By Alan Fram
    and Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A divided House voted Friday to block Planned Parenthood’s federal funds for a year, as Republican leaders tried to keep GOP outrage over abortion from spiraling into an impasse with President Barack Obama that could shut down the government.

  • What the Fed wants to see before raising rates

    By Jossh Boak
    AP Economics Writer
    WASHINGTON — So what will it take for the Federal Reserve to finally raise interest rates?
    The U.S. economy is now in its seventh straight year of expansion. It’s growing at a steady if unexciting 2.2 percent annual rate. Unemployment has sunk from a 10 percent peak to a reassuring 5.1 percent. Auto and home sales have accelerated.
    Yet on Thursday, Fed officials declined to lift rates from record lows.