Today's News

  • In crises, humanity always rises to the top

    So much in life depends on our perspective. The glass can be half-empty or half-full, depending on how we choose to see it.

    Hurricane Harvey is one terrible example. It destroyed lives and property, and yet in its aftermath, humanity came to the rescue. In one place along, more than 600 miles away, an estimated 40,000 pounds of water and food were raised in a matter of days, and tons of bread in a matter of hours, simply because a few people put out a call to help.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

  • New Mexico's longest-serving senator dies

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico lawmakers and others are remembering former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici as someone who was known for putting politics aside and building relationships on both sides of the aisle.

    Domenici died Wednesday at an Albuquerque hospital. He was 85.

  • Homecoming parades set for Friday, Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    West Las Vegas High School and Highlands University are both hosting Homecoming parades this week. West will host its parade Friday, with an 11:30 a.m. lineup for the 1 p.m. parade An exact route wasn’t available at press time, but the route typically involves the area around the high school and Bridge Street, as well as Sixth Street and Lowe’s Grocery shopping center on Mills Avenue. Highlands’ parade is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Street and Friedman Avenue. 

  • Community meeting in El Valle on Thursday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Thursday, the San Miguel County Planning Committee will host the latest in its series of public community meetings to gather input on its new comprehensive plan.

    Thursday’s meeting will take place at Valley Middle School in El Valle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    For information, go to www.co.sanmiguel.nm.us or contact Alex Tafoya at 505-454-1074.

  • Car show tribute

    Photo by Theresa Wesner

    The second annual Tribute to 9-11 event included a Sunday car show at Gene Torres Golf Course. Enthusiasts from far and wide brought in their cars and took advantage of the final warm, dry weekends of the summer months.

  • Cardinal boys soccer busts into win column

    Breaking into the win column, Robertson’s boys’ soccer team took out its frustrations with two dominant wins — their first this fall — over Tierra Encantada and Monte del Sol on Friday and Saturday. T.J. Trujillo’s surge up the middle with 15 minutes left in the game Friday helped left the Carindals to a 4-1 win over Tierra Encatada.

  • Cards tame Lions; Dons’ upset bid foiled

    Using a balanced attack, the No. 2 ranked Robertson Cardinals beat another football team expected to contend for state in Class 3A this fall. This time, the opponent was Santa Rosa, which fell 34-14 Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Arjay Ortiz ran for a team-high 129 rushing yards and completed 9 of 15 passes for 171 to lead the home team.

  • College roundup: HU runners in top three

    Collins Kurui of New Mexico Highlands was held to eighth place by a pack of runners from host Adams State in this past weekend’s Joe Vigil Open in Alamosa, Colo.

    Kurui, who’d won the Lobo Invitational and earned national honors a week earlier, posted a time of 25:18 in the 8-kilometer race.

    NMHU’s men placed third, getting scoring from Kennedy Kipkogei (17th, 26:39), Oliver Huffman (30th, 27:50), Raymond Tanui (33rd, 28:21) and Mark Daniels (44th, 31:18).

    Highlands’ women placed third behind Adams State and Trinidad State.

  • Famed graffiti artist made stop at NMHU

    Submitted to the Optic

    Legendary New York City subway graffiti artist Al Díaz told media arts students at New Mexico Highlands to look within when creating art.

    “The most authentic art people create is art that reflects your own experiences and what you believe,” said Díaz, whose work is exhibited and collected internationally.