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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 30, 2016
  • Work of Art: Where did we get that word?

    Almost daily we come across — and many of us even use — familiar expressions that, when you come to think about them, really defy explanation.

    As a person who’s made a living by using words, I confess I’m one of the biggest offenders; that is, I often use expression that I feel comfortable with and that I’ve heard before, but seldom am able to explain why I used such terms.

  • Bears down

    That burning smell in the air? It wasn’t Hatch’s chile getting roasted on Saturday.

    Arjay Ortiz roasted Hatch Valley’s secondary for 301 passing yards — more than 200 of which came in the first half — and three touchdowns through the air in a 38-20 state semifinal triumph.

    As a result, the Class 4A defending state champions (9-3), the playoffs’ No. 5 seed, were eliminated, and the top-ranked and undefeated Robertson Cardinals (12-0) advanced to the state title game for the second year in a row.

  • Successful start - LV hoops teams open with solid wins

    With a pair of double-digit wins in their own Brian Gallegos Memorial Thanksgiving Shootout, the West Las Vegas Dons pushed their record to 3-0 to open basketball season — and their pursuit of a third consecutive Class 4A state championship game.

    The Dons won 67-40 over Pecos — a talented bunch that had made it to the 3A semifinals this past March — on Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    That game closed a two-day round-robin event that featured four boys’ and four girls’ teams.

  • Cowgirls foiled at Pan Am

    Ari Baca scored a team-high 11 points off the bench in a solid effort, but it was to no avail.

    Baca’s New Mexico Highlands women came out on the short end of a 94-37 score at NCAA Division I New Mexico State on Nov. 25 at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.

    The Aggies (4-2) shot 53 percent overall and made 10 of 16 shots from 3-point range, getting double-digit efforts from six players.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 30, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Pecos Middle School girls at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco
    Wrestling
    • West Las Vegas Middle School hosts WLV Jamboree, 3 p.m., WLVMS gym

  • Saturday football: Cards earn return to title game

    Robertson High School is back in the Class 4A state football championship game.

    The Cardinals ran their record to 12-0 by beating Hatch Valley 38-20 on a cool Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. The semifinal win is the first in the teams' last three meetings, including the 2015 state championship game last December in Hatch.

    Robertson, the No. 1 seed, will play at No. 2 Portales, a winner over No. 6 St. Mike's in the other semifinal.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • The fight of his life - Pecos teen wants others to learn from his ordeal with testicular cancer

    Growing up, Mark Archuleta Jr. could be found on the basketball court or on a baseball field competing.

    And while he has faced tough battles on the court and the field, none of those compared to the foe that came knocking at his door in late July. That’s when Mark found out he had testicular cancer.

    Getting that diagnosis, weeks before Mark was set to begin his senior year at Pecos High School, set the Archuleta family in a new direction. Suddenly, the focus was no longer on his senior year, but on fighting this battle against cancer.

  • 10-year hunting ban for poacher

    Submitted to the Optic

    An investigation that spanned more than two years and led to the filing of 26 poaching charges has resulted in a decade-long revocation, just the second time this has occurred in New Mexico’s history.

  • HU students land jobs with Forest Service

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The U.S. Forest Service hired three Highlands University forestry majors on the spot at the Society of American Foresters National Convention.

    Fifteen Highlands University forestry students participated in the convention Nov. 2-5 in Madison, Wisc.