Today's News

  • RMAC hoops polls released

    After finishing 11-15 overall — and 8-14 in league play — last winter, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team found itself on the outside looking in when playoffs rolled around.

    New head coach Craig Snow, whose credentials include a stint as an assistant for Craig Neal and the New Mexico Lobos, looks to improve on that finish.

    Snow takes over for Joe Harge.

    The Cowboys are projected to finish 10th in the 14-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, per a preseason coaches’ poll released this week.

  • Go Fish - Oct. 10

    Fishing report, Oct. 14

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and 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.

  • Youth Soccer - Oct. 17

    The following are Las Vegas Youth Soccer League matches scheduled for this coming weekend.

  • Youth Football - Oct. 17

    The following are Las Vegas Young American Football League games scheduled this weekend.

    49ers vs. Santa Fe Extreme, 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Altos Park, Santa Fe
    Cowboys vs. Santa Fe Trojans, 2 p.m., Saturday, Altos Park, Santa Fe

    Rams vs. Santa Fe, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Altos Park, Santa Fe
    Panthers vs. Rams, 9 a.m., Sunday, Cardinal Stadium

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Oct. 17, 2014

    • Robertson vs. Pojoaque Valley, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, Tackle Breast Cancer Night, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • NMHU women vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 4 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • NMHU vs. Western State Colorado, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Cross country
    • NMHU at Fort Hays State, 8 a.m., Hays, Kan.
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Rio Rancho, 9 a.m., Rio Rancho

  • 136 fewer students at HU

    Whether it was the double-digit tuition increase instituted this year, a fairly new requirement that incoming freshmen take the ACT or the slight improvement in the economy is unclear, but whatever the cause, enrollment at Highlands University this fall is down 136 students or nearly 3.7 percent.  

    The decreases occurred at the main campus, which actually has 138 fewer students — a 6 percent drop — now compared to last fall.

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  • West eyes new site for gymnasium

    For more than two years the West Las Vegas School Board has been dealing with the middle school gymnasium project.

    The latest issue to emerge during a recent board meeting was where to put the new gym.

    Superintendent Gene Parson told the board that it may be possible to have another location for the gym as per an email from Karl Sitzberger of the Public School Capital Outlay Council.

  • Reception honors Vegas Harvey Girl

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation will have an open house and reception at 2 p.m. Saturday in honor of Nina Strong, a former Las Vegas Castañeda Harvey Girl.

    The reception will be at the CCHP office, 116 Bridge St., and everyone is welcome to meet her and hear her story on life as a Harvey Girl in Las Vegas in 1941 and 1942.

    The Raton Museum Board will be bringing Strong to Las Vegas for a tour of the Castañeda and Montezuma Castle.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 15, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Oct. 14 — Cowboy coach Jack Scofield figures that the College of Southern Utah will have the edge Friday in Cedar City because of size, experience and the advantage of a home field. The Utah line will be the largest faced by the Pokes this season with but one man under the 200 pound mark. The Thunderbird forward wall will average 211 pounds with a 186 pound backfield. The Cowboy line will average 210 pounds, thanks to big Ronnie McCraig’s 299 pounds, but only McCraig and 240 pound Bob Lee are over 200 pounds.