Today's News

  • RHS girls’ XC third at Del Norte

    Even shorthanded — missing two of the projected varsity runners — the Robertson girls’ cross country team managed to grab third place as a team in this past weekend’s Del Norte Invitational.
    Annabella Miller set the tone, striding into sixth place with a time of 24:42.
    Fellow Lady Cardinals Elena Garcia, Esperanza Martinez and Morgan Diefendorf finished in close succession in 12th, 13th and 14th place. Garcia finished in 26:12, Martinez in 26:38 and Diefendorf in 26:39.

  • Cowgirls win 3 in Texas tourney

    NMHU Sports Information
    New Mexico Highlands volleyball player Alicia Moreno was brilliant in her performance this past weekend at the 2013 Hampton Inn Invitational.
    Her work earned her a selection to the All-Tournament Team.
    During this past weekend’s tournament, the Cowgirls split the first day of competition. On the second day, the Cowgirls were completely dominant. They swept both Saturday matches in three sets each.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 13, 2013

    Sept. 10
    Charette Lakes: Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here and with some difficulty. Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes tipped with worm and grasshoppers for rainbow trout. We had no reports on perch.
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 27 cfs. Trout fishing was good using zebra midges, stimulators, elk hair caddis, brassies, worms and salmon eggs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using salmon eggs, worms and Pistol Petes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 13, 2013

    Cross country
    • NMHU at Texas Tech Red Raider Open, 5:30 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    • Robertson vs. Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Monte del Sol, 3 p.m., RHS
    • NMHU vs. Pfeiffer, Eastern New Mexico and Dixie State, 7 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Pecos at Fort Sumner tourney, TBA, Fort Sumner

  • Teacher saves choking child

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    A local fourth-grade boy is still alive because of a teacher’s quick action.  

    Last week Andres Quintana, a 10-year-old who attends Legion Park Elementary School, began to turn blue while choking on a plastic seal from a water bottle.

    Teacher Jessica Gutierrez recognized the emergency and swiftly performed the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the object and saving Quintana’s life.  

  • Bear invasion - Sightings becoming frequent

    An uninvited guest has been visiting John Vigil and his family almost nightly for nearly a month. Vigil said a black bear has been coming to his neighborhood near the Plaza in search of food.

    Ty Jackson of the New Mexico Game and Fish department said sightings of black bears in Las Vegas are far too common lately. Jackson said the department has responded to 30 incidents from Las Vegas to Pecos regarding black bears since Aug. 20.

  • ‘River of tires’ cleaned up ahead of schedule

    The more than 160,000 scrap tires that had been dumped on state trust land southeast of Wagon Mound have been removed, state Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced Tuesday.

    Cleanup of the site was required under a global settlement agreement reached in March between the Land Office and Kansas Equity Investments and Daniels Ranches. Removal of the tires occurred two months ahead of schedule.

  • Duncan kicks off back-to-school tour

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off a four-state, back-to-school bus tour in New Mexico on Monday with discussions about early childhood education and efforts to turn around schools where students have been languishing.

    Duncan told a crowd of school officials, teachers, parents and union leaders that the country is at a fork in the road.

  • A weighty matter
  • Looking Back - Sept. 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Sept. 6 — The board of directors of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is calling for applications from a dynamic, aggressive, talented man for secretary-manager of the Chamber of Commerce. At a special meeting last night made necessary by the resignation of Frank Norris, it was agreed that a full-time manager would be hired on a trial basis. It is the aim of the present board to revitalize and reactivate the Chamber of Commerce, which has already lost members during recent years.