Today's News

  • Cass, Baca lead Cowboys over WNMU

    Mannie Cass chalked up a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds as New Mexico Highlands handled Western New Mexico 81-70 on Saturday night in Silver City.

    The Cowboys (10-7 overall, 7-6 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) led by as many as 20 points.

    Highlands shot poorly in the first half and went to the locker room tied 34-34. But the Cowboys found their rhythm in the second half, shooting 60 percent over the final 20 minutes.

  • NMHU nets nationals qualifiers

    NMHU Sports Information

    Sophomore Shanice McPherson easily automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships while classmate Tayler Hendren took an event win on day two to pace the New Mexico Highlands University track and field team at the Air Force Invitational Friday.

  • No. 18 Mavs pin ‘Pokes

    NMHU Sports Information

    The Cowboys claimed a trio of wins by forfeit, but the Mavericks took the other seven matches as New Mexico Highlands University (3-3, 1-3 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) fell to No. 18 nationally ranked Colorado Mesa (9-2, 3-0 RMAC) 29-18.

    With the match coming down to the last event, Highlands nearly pulled off the upset. Sophomore Cody Marquez nearly pinned his opponent, but Francisco Retana tallied the fall in 5:20.

  • Little League coaches sought now

    La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League are accepting letters of interest for anyone interested in coaching for the 2014 season. Letters must be submitted by Tuesday, January 28. You can turn it in to any board member or to Berna Lujan (La Plaza Little League) 505-718-9249 or to Natalie Marrujo (Las Vegas Little League) 505-429-0119.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 27, 2014

    • Memorial Middle School boys at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLVMS gym

    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Raton, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Española, 4 p.m., MMS gym

    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Raton, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

  • East chief out on sick leave

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s chair was filled by another school district administrator during a special board meeting on Tuesday morning. Her absence has some people wondering whether a change in leadership may be on the horizon for the east-side school district.

  • Corrido of the Year - Area man wins music award

    John Fernandez’s weekend was filled with back-to- back wins.

    First on Saturday evening Fernandez took the Corrido of the Year award at the New Mexico Hispano Music Association awards show at the Ohkay Hotel Casino in Española for his song, “El Ojo de Vidrio.”

    Then on Sunday, his beloved Denver Broncos captured the AFC Championship by stomping on the New England Patriots, sending the orange and blue squad led by Peyton Manning to the Super Bowl next month. For Fernandez, it was a weekend of pure happiness, family, suspense and excitement.

  • Campaign launched for dam funds

    Back in November, the stars appeared to be aligning for the city to get the millions it is seeking for a major expansion of Bradner Reservoir.

    At the time, Gov. Martinez had just announced that she would ask state lawmakers to spend $112 million or about 60 percent of the capital outlay funds available for distribution this year on water infrastructure projects.

    In her announcement, Martinez specifically mentioned the city of Las Vegas and other communities that “are dangerously close to (water) shortages.”

  • Courthouse still Mora’s top project

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora County Commission recently voted unanimously to make the Mora County Complex its top priority in seeking additional funds from the state Legislature in the legislative session that began Tuesday.

    “Our Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan put the County Complex at the top of our list,” said Mora County Manager Rebecca Montoya.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 24, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Jan. 23 — “Bye Bye Birdie,” a musical comedy, will be presented by the Music Department of Robertson High School in February at Ilfeld Auditorium. Staff assisting in the production will be Patrick Carson, Dick Emmons and Mildred Smith. Danny Torres will play the lead as Conrad Birdie. Other parts are Paul Rawlins, Rose Alvarez, Mae Peterson, Donald Chandler, Howard Stansbury and Kathy Mason.