Today's News

  • NMHU students receive AAUW scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Three outstanding New Mexico Highlands University students received scholarships from the Las Vegas chapter of the American Association of University Women.

    Samantha Urioste, Brittany Dutton-Leyda, and Jennifer Smith each received $1,000 scholarships.

    “These three outstanding women impressed the scholarship committee with their strong determination to complete their education while juggling many challenges,” said Donna Rivas, co-president of the Las Vegas AAUW chapter.

  • The pride of City Schools

    The Robertson Lady Cardinals were recognized at this week’s board meeting for their historic achievement of winning the Class 3A blue trophy, the first time a Las Vegas team has won a state basketball championship. The board room was packed, with many there to see the team honored. Members of the board and the district’s administration joined the Lady Cardinals.

  • Get NMHU transfer information through ‘Transfer Tuesdays’

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    College students can get all their questions answered about transferring to New Mexico Highlands at a new virtual information series called Transfer Tuesdays.

  • Wagon Mound honor roll

    “A” Honor Roll

    • Elias Armijo
    • Sa’Aga Endemann
    • Shiann Montoya
    • Sarah Price

    “B” Honor Roll

  • Early goal helps United win

    After tying the first two games of the season, the New Mexico United came away with its first win in front of a home crowd of more than 8,300 on Wednesday, defeating the Tulsa Roughnecks 2–1 at Isotopes Park.

    The win marked New Mexico’s first three-point game and Tulsa’s first loss of the season.

    Forward Devin Sandoval scored the first goal of the night in the seventh minute off a cross from defender Manny Padilla. 

  • Rangers crushed in home opener

    The Mora Rangers lost 11–4 to the Santa Rosa Lions in their first game of the season.

    Each team scored a run in the first and then the Rangers took a 3–2 lead in the second. After Santa Rosa added one more run in the third to tie the game at three, Mora took a one-run lead as they scored their final run of the game. No runs were scored in the fourth and the Lions added three in the fifth, four in the sixth and one in the seventh.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 24-26


    • NMHU vs. Dixie State University, noon, 2 p.m., Brandt Field


    • NMHU at Black Hills State University, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., Spearfish, S.D.


    • No events scheduled.


    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe High School, 3 p.m., RHS Softball Field


    • Robertson vs. Albuquerque Academy, 3 p.m., Leroy Fulgenzi Tennis Courts

    Track and Field

  • State agency reps visit Las Vegas

    Wednesday, representatives of two state agencies rolled into Las Vegas hear from and inform the residents of the meadow city.

    State Auditor Brian Colón, pictured above, held a discussion at a Highlands University classroom to let people know that the state auditor’s office is accessible. The newly elected state auditor asked of everyone to hold him accountable.

    “For the people that showed up today, I’m here to talk about partnerships. I’m here to talk about being a resource,” Colón said.

  • Former City Schools super still on payroll

    Though Kelt Cooper is no longer the superintendent for Las Vegas City Schools, he’ll still be paid through the end of the school year.

    According to a letter signed by Board President Dennis Romero that was acquired by the Optic through an open-records request, Cooper will remain on paid administrative leave through 5 p.m. on June 30. Cooper submitted a letter of resignation on Jan. 26 and the district’s board of education accepted it on Feb. 4.

  • What lawmakers did, didn’t do in 2019

    By Milan Simonich, Andrew Oxford, Robert Nott, Santa Fe New Mexican

    A capsule view of what happened during the state Legislature’s 60-day session that ended last weekend.

    Not so high: No, New Mexico isn’t legalizing recreational cannabis this year. But Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told reporters she will put it on the agenda next year.

    “We’re going to make that a priority,” she said.