Today's News

  • Hamann awarded internship in Paris

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University chemistry junior Katie Hamann will be conducting cutting-edge laser research at universities in Paris this summer through a National Science Foundation internship program.

    Hamann is one of 12 undergraduate chemistry students in the country selected for the Optics in the City of Lights Program, a partnership with the University of Michigan.  

  • Vatos rugby hosting No. 3 Denver

    Submitted to the Optic

    The nationally ranked (9th of 230 teams) New Mexico Highlands University Vatos (6-0) start their spring schedule with one of their most important games in many years this Saturday.

    They host third ranked Denver University (7-0) at 1 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.   

    Both teams have secured national playoff positions, but there is more at stake. The winner will be the Frontier League champion and the No. 1 seed in the regional playoffs March 22-23 in Austin, Texas. The loser will be the No. 3 seed.  

  • Playoff intensity - RHS girls set up East-West rematch; Cards lose nailbiter with Raton

    If Robertson’s first two district tournament games are any indicator, basketball fans are in for one heck of a postseason.

    The Lady Cardinals rallied from a double-digit deficit Wednesday evening to knock off Pojoaque Valley 54-45 and set up a fourth East-West girls’ game of the season Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Rough Riders crack code, win three vs. Eastern Utah

    Sometimes the formula to winning in sports is simple. And over the weekend, the Luna Community College baseball team found it.

    The Rough Riders took three of four games over Eastern Utah State University and improved to 4-11 on the year. Ten of the Rough Riders’ 11 losses have been to ranked opponents.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 28, 2014

    • LCC vs. El Paso CC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Adams State, 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • District 2-3A girls’ tournament: Robertson at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • District 2-3A girls’ JV final: West Las Vegas vs. Pojoaque Valley, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC Indoor Championships, TBA, Alamosa, Colo.
    • NMHU at Western Regionals, TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.

  • Another milestone - Meat processing plant expanding

    The Martinez family’s dream came to fruition nearly a year ago with the opening of Martinez and Sons Processing, and the family business keeps expanding. This time around the business is selling frozen USDA inspected beef with the hopes of selling freshly harvested beef within the next few months, if all goes as planned.

  • HU football player pleads to robbery

    A New Mexico Highlands University football player pleaded guilty to felony robbery in Kansas last week, and he’s scheduled to go before a Douglas County judge for sentencing in April.

    According to press accounts of the incident, Christopher S. Martin, 22, and three other men were arrested and charged in connection with a May 13, 2013, home invasion in Lawrence, Kan.

    Authorities there initially alleged that Martin and the others robbed a fellow Kansas University student at gunpoint, taking money and marijuana from him.

  • Bernalillo County running local housing program

    The Bernalillo County Housing Authority is hosting a series of meetings this week to brief landlords on changes and regulations that must be adhered to in San Miguel County’s Section 8 program.

    The program provides housing vouchers to qualified low-income residents in the county.

  • Session ends with inaction on Amtrak

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State lawmakers failed to make any commitment to fund the state’s share of costs to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route.

    The session ended without the passage of any of the five bills seeking ways to maintain the passenger train line, the New Mexican reports.

    Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas all chip in to improve and maintain more than 600 miles of track through their states.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 26, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Feb. 24 — Temporary closing of industries in the Las Vegas areas and seasonal layoffs in sawmills and service industries were responsible for a lost of 100 jobs for a total of 4,500 non-farm jobs during February, said Richard J. Pino, executive director of the Employment Security Commission. Total employment is 7,600, down 100 from January; agricultural employment is unchanged at 1,900; and unemployment increased 200 to 1,600. About 800 persons are receiving unemployment insurance.