Today's News

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news


    We salute all the graduates from San Miguel and Mora area public schools and colleges and the United World College. We’ve seen a lot of smiles and caps and gowns this month, and we know these are daunting times.

    Never underestimate the value of hard work. No matter how difficult the most recently completed phase of education felt or seemed to be, keep in mind that work ethic will be one of your most important learned skills going forward.

  • New Mexico’s 21st century infrastructure

    While President Trump plays footsie over the billions of dollars he promised for the nation’s infrastructure and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seeks an intervention to confront his crazy unpredictability, New Mexico is building itself up with some new, cutting-edge infrastructure anyway.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 31

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 31

  • NMHU Rugby: Advancing to the championships

    The New Mexico Highlands University Vatos rugby team will be heading to Philadelphia this weekend to compete in the National Small College Rugby Organization championships.

    The championships are hosted by United World Sports at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s at Talen Energy Stadium.

    The Vatos have back-to-back NSCRO championships in 2015 and 2016 and are currently ranked 11th out of
    40 teams.

    Christendom College won the title in 2017 and Claremont Colleges took the championship last year.

  • Moar does all of United’s scoring

    The New Mexico United (6–1–6) continues to dominate as it defeated the Austin Bold FC 3–1 on Saturday.

    At the 29-minute mark, the United was awarded a goal when Austin defender Amobi Okugo scored in his own goal.

    After neither team added another goal in the first half, the Bold tied the game at 1 at the 55-minute mark from midfielder Isaac Promise, who headed the ball from close range to the high center of the goal. He was assisted by defender Sean McFarlane with a cross.

  • Francis recognized nationally

    By Clayton Jones, NMHU Sports Information

    The fantastic season of New Mexico Highlands senior Auggie Francis was recognized on a national level Wednesday as the Cowboy center fielder was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association 2019 All-America Third Team.

    Francis is the first Cowboy to make first, second or third-team All-American since Jason Carr was named to the NCBWA All-America First Team in 2010.

  • Go Fish: Friday, May 31

    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

    Cowles Ponds: Nicholas Sanchez, age 7, of Santa Fe caught a 13.5-inch and a 17-inch rainbow trout May 27. He was using worms.

  • Maloof building's new owner sees potential

    Heading west on Bridge Street, crossing the Gallinas River, it's easy to notice the schedules of West Las Vegas High School sports teams on a wall on the left.

    That wall belongs to a building, now dilapidated, standing precariously. But it’s a building with significance to many locals — especially members of the West Las Vegas Schools community and those with an interest in seeing Bridge Street thrive.

  • Luna accreditation visit report includes scathing impressions

    About 20 Luna Community College employees came to a late-March meeting with an out-of-state team of peer reviewers sent by the Higher Learning Commission.

    Even though senior Luna administrators and all of the Trustees were excluded from the meeting, many of the LCC employees were reluctant to use the sign-in sheet.

  • From Las Vegas and into the world

    West Las Vegas High School graduates threw their caps into the air, in the first photo.

    In the second photo, Robertson High graduate Alexis Apodaca looked toward a familiar face during ceremonies held over the weekend.

    Thousands of friends and family members also visited the area to see their graduates walk. More photos will be published in upcoming editions of the Optic.