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Today's News

  • College football: Cowboys win wild Homecoming with gutsy call at end

    Go for the tie — or go for the win?

    New Mexico Highlands coach Marty Fine and his staff had no hesitation as they faced that situation after scoring a touchdown to cut the South Dakota Mines lead to 52-51 with 40 seconds remaining in the game — go for two and the win.

  • Cardinal boys fall behind early in 2-1 loss to Horsemen

    Robertson boys soccer fell behind within the first two minutes of Saturday's District 2-3A match at RHS and ended up losing to visiting St. Michael's, 2-1.

    A red card in the 47th minute, with RHS already down 2-0, meant the Cardinals (12-4 overall, 6-2 in District 2-1A/3A) had to play with only 10 men for the final 30-plus minutes of the match, though Musah Dumbia scored on a drive and cross for T.J. Trujillo with about eight minutes left in the contest to make it interesting.

  • Dons beat Horsemen for first time since 2003

    West Las Vegas quarterback John Balizan put receiver Omar Gallardo on notice before what turned out to be the Dons' last play of Friday's game. 

    "I told him, 'If we run this play, you better catch the ball,'" Balizan said. "And he did."

  • A Las Vegas staple

    Walk through the doors of Popular Dry Goods and you’re instantly transported back in time. That’s what customers tell Brenda Manning, one of the managers of the longstanding western wear store on Bridge Street.

    “You walk in, you smell the leather, and you just step back in time,” she said. “Like with most of these old buildings, that’s what everyone feels.”

  • Homeless shelter a dominant topic at meeting

    Residents who live in the areas near Legion Park Elementary School and Memorial Middle School crowded into the Las Vegas City School’s boardroom Thursday night.

    The Board of Education took public comment on a proposal by the City of Las Vegas to utilize unused school buildings as a temporary homeless shelter, should the nonprofit homeless shelter Samaritan House need to vacate its current location at 1000 Mills Ave.

  • NMHU alum is a decorated teacher

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of honoree profiles that coincides with Highlands University’s 2018 Homecoming this week. Look for profiles of more NMHU award winners to be profiled in upcoming editions of the Optic.

    Stephanie Gurule-Leyba has taught medical sciences for 22 years at Capital High School in Santa Fe and received the New Mexico Educator of the Year Award in 2017 from the New Mexico Public Education Department.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, October 21, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, 2018:

  • LVCS board welcomes student representative

    Judge Gerald Baca welcomes Eliza M. Montoya to the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education shortly after her swearing in ceremony Thursday night. Montoya will serve as the student representative for the 2018-19 school year.

  • City Schools honors employees

    Eugene Garcia, Brock Aragon, Melissa Vigil and Karen Van Scoyk accepted their awards at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. Leroy Conway, Mike Boyle and Esther Sandoval were also honored but were not present.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 22 to Sept. 26, 2018

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.