Today's News

  • West’s Coca takes title in Santa Rosa

    With the District 2-3A cross country championship meet just ahead, local distance runners got in one last regular-season competition this past Thursday at Santa Rosa.

    No stranger to the front of the pack all season, West Las Vegas’ Moises Coca earned his first individual meet championship of the fall, striding across the finish line in 17 minutes and 27 seconds.

    In the girls’ race, Robertson standout Annabella Miller was a solid second in 21:46.

    And the deep, talented Pecos Panthers took home another team title in the boys’ run.

  • Road swing not charitable for Cowgirls

    Back-to-back road losses have the Highlands volleyball team looking at an uphill battle to reach the .500 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings with seven matches left to play.

    The Cowgirls lost a five-set battle at Colorado Christian on Friday night in Lakewood, Colo., then fell in three at Colorado School of Mines on Saturday in Golden.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 30, 2013

    • Pecos (A,B) vs. Mora, 4:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona

    • Robertson vs. Taos, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • NMHU women at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • First round of state, TBA, campus sites

    • NMHU women at University of New Mexico, TBA, The Pit, Albuquerque

  • Teacher unions fighting back

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s two teacher unions want the state Public Education Department to slow its implementation of a new evaluation system for teachers and schools.

    The National Education Association is considering legal action, while the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico is threatening to withdraw support for renewal of a waiver that allows the state more flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Dia de Los Muertos
  • Highlands looking for 2 vice presidents

    With the impending departure of two members of his executive team, New Mexico Highlands University President Jim Fries informed regents earlier this month that he hopes to have two new vice presidents on board by January.

    Highlands Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gilbert Rivera has been trying to retire from Highlands for some time. Sharon Caballero, the university’s executive director for advancement and head of the NMHU Foundation announced earlier this year that she would be retiring in December.

  • Refuge to host Fall Flight Festival

    Submitted to the Optic

    It is fall again, ponds filled with water from heavy September rains and the calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds. Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas, New Mexico, will be open each Sunday in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4-1/2 mile self-guided auto drive.
    Interpretive talks and kids crafts are also scheduled.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 28, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Oct. 28 — East and West Las Vegas voters as well as those in Wagon Mound go to the polls tomorrow to determine the fate of natural gas in the three communities. On the eve of the election today, an independent consulting engineer hired by the City to review the feasibility reports on the natural gas system as proposed returned a favorable report.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 28, 2013

    Halloween Carnival set for Tuesday
    A Halloween Carnival and Haunted House will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. There will be games for 25 cents a ticket, a concession stand, costume contest and face painting. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food drive.

  • Weather - Oct. 28, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. A slight chance of rain and snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.