Today's News

  • Rebuilding a program

    One winter weekend three years ago changed the lives of three then-sophomore volleyball players. Dwight Combs, New Mexico Highlands University’s volleyball head coach, held a recruitment weekend for 11 student-athletes.

    During that weekend, the athletes were able to try out for the team and get to know one another. For opposite Cindy Norris and outside hitters Tiffany Matchett and Julie Staffler, this made them feel more comfortable because they were coming in as junior transfers instead of freshmen.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, November 2-4

    Cross country

    • District 2aa meet, 4 p.m., Pecos
    • District 5/A/AA meet, 3 p.m., Penasco, NM


    • Vegas Bowl 58: West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 6 p.m., Herrera Complex


    • NMHU vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Cross country

  • Go Fish: Friday, Oct. 30

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Kerry Guyette of Amarillo, Texas caught and released a 5.2-pound smallmouth bass October 27. He was using a white chatter bait.

  • Cross country: Trying to dominate

    Friday and Saturday, Pecos, Mora, West Las Vegas and Robertson will all be competing in the district championships in boys and girls cross country.

    At 3 p.m. the Mora Rangers and Rangerettes will compete in the 5-2A district meet in Penasco, New Mexico. They will be going up against seven schools including, Evangel Christian, Jemez Valley, Mesa Vista, Oak Grove, Penasco, To’Hajiilee and Walatowa. Mora has two men and no women in the top 10 for the district in the 5,000-meter race.

  • Soccer: Lady Cardinals on road for state

    For the eighth year in a row, the Robertson Lady Cardinals have advanced to the state soccer tournament. Saturday, they will be taking on East Mountain at 11 a.m. in Sandia Park.

    The farthest they have gone is round two of the tournament in five sepaarte years. In 2013, the Lady Cardinals played East Mountain in the first round of the tournament at home, losing 3–2.

    Wednesday, the winner of the Robertson vs. East Mountain will take on Sandia Prep at
    9:30 a.m. at Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

  • Volleyball splits weekend matches

    Last weekend, the New Mexico Highlands University Cowgirls volleyball team went one for two. The Adams State Grizzlies (10–14 overall, 7–9 RMAC) defeated the Cowgirls (8–17, 6–11) Friday night 5–2, but NMHU regained momentum on Saturday, beating Fort Lewis (9–12, 9–8) 3–0.

    Against the Grizzlies, the Cowgirls scored the first five points in the first set and remained in the lead, taking the set 25–22.

  • What is a 'background check'?

    For some of us, a "background check" is a very exact set of answers to yes-of-no questions.

    With municipal administrative positions in New Mexico, however, the criteria are not set in stone.

    Two Las Vegas City Councilors are upset with the lack of information presented to them by Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón in her handling the recent background screening of Chief of Police appointee Jerry Delgado. 

  • More than 3,000 in area have already voted

    Totals released this week by the New Mexico Secretary of State's office show more than 3,000 people with San Miguel or Mora county addresses had cast votes in the Nov. 6 general election, in the first three weeks of early voting.

    The SOS office has been posting updated voter totals nearly every busines day since early voting began Oct. 9. 

  • Two gas stations, sandwich shop close; little information available

    Two Las Vegas gas stations and a chain sandwich shop have recently ceased to operate in Las Vegas and not much information seems to be available about what happened.

    A Brewer Oil Co. facility that included a Subway sandwich shop, located on the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Legion Drive, closed recently, as did R.J.'s One Stop full-service gas station, located along South Grand Avenue. The Optic has not been able to contact the local franchise owner of either facility.

  • Highlands to offer masters in Media Arts and Cultural Technology