Today's News

  • Dispatch New Mexico — Regulating the oil and gas industry

    Regulating oil and gas drilling in the state has taken some interesting turns of late, and very different directions.

    Over the past few months, two developments in northern New Mexico occurred that could actually shift the approach local governments take in regulating the industry. The infamous Mora County ban on drilling, via its misguided “community rights” ordinance, was recently struck down as unconstitutional, while next door in San Miguel County, a different kind of ordinance took root in November, to the consternation of the oil and gas industry.

  • Next stop: St. Louis

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    PUEBLO, Colo. — He was not even in the starting lineup two months ago. But redshirt freshman Reis Humphrey is going to the place every collegiate grappler dreams of.

    Humphrey went 3-0 to make the championship finals of the 149-pound bracket of regionals and automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in two weeks in St. Louis.

    As a team, New Mexico Highlands was clinging to a sixth-place tie with Fort Hays State with 47 points through the end of day one.

  • Storm mangles game schedule

    A massive winter storm that left most of New Mexico buried in snow and ice over the past several days also wrought havoc upon a busy segment of the sports schedule statewide.

  • West girls finish well, advance to district final

    Jaylen Gutierrez led all players with 22 points, including three 3-point baskets, as West Las Vegas defeated Robertson 58-40 this past Thursday night in an all-Meadow City District 2-4A semifinal.

    The Lady Dons are to play at top seed and regular-season district champ Taos for the tournament final. That game, originally slated for Saturday, has been rescheduled for Monday due to weather.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 2, 2015

    • NMHU vs. Adams State (DH), 11 a.m., Brandt Park (DEPENDING ON WEATHER, FIELD CONDITION)
    • District 2-4A girls’ junior varsity championship: West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4:30 p.m. TBA (RESCHEDULED)
    • District 2-4A girls’ varsity championship: West Las Vegas at Taos, 6 p.m., Taos (RESCHEDULED)
    • District 2-3A girls’ final: Pecos vs. Dulce, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • District 2-3A boys’ final: Pecos at Santa Fe Prep, 6 p.m., Santa Fe or TBA

  • Acequias ask city to negotiate

    Acequia users appeared before the City Council last week to ask that the city come to the table to negotiate an agreement that would end the decades-long litigation over the Gallinas River.

    “We have been in litigation for many, many years. I’ve been involved for 57 years...,” said Gabe Estrada, one of the acequia users. “What have we accomplished? Zero. Enough is enough. Ya basta. People, we need to stop that litigation immediately and start negotiating.”

  • Senior profile - George and Joanne Sprenger

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Like the Energizer Bunny of commercial fame, George and Joanne Sprenger keep going and going. This local couple is involved in many activities.

    Born in 1939, George was raised on a small dairy farm in Plainview, Minn., where his father taught him carpentry, electricity, and other key skills that he continues to practice and share. He graduated from high school in 1957, enrolled at Winona State and proceeded to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he earned his master of science degree in 1968.

  • NMBHI receives accreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute has gone through its triennial voluntary accreditation and certification survey and received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital, Nursing Care, Behavioral Health and Laboratory Accreditation.

    The New Mexico Department of Health runs the Behavioral Health Institute, often referred to as the state hospital. It is the only state psychiatric hospital in New Mexico.

  • Wage hike, right-to-work bill clears House

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Following a debate that took combative turns, the Republican-controlled New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a right-to-work bill which also includes a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage hike.

    The legislation, which passed 37-30 Wednesday, prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment. It would apply to both public and private sectors.

  • Snow Day