Today's News

  • State baseball: Cards ousted by Spartans

    Remember the Spartans?

    Robertson's baseball team does, and it's a bad memory.

    For the second year in a row, Bernalillo was responsible for ending the Cardinals' postseason. The No. 6 seeded Spartans beat No. 3 RHS 6-2 in the Class 4A quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at Rio Rancho High.

    In 2017, Bernalillo edged Robertson two games to one in the state tournament's first round.

    The upset ended a remarkable season for the Redbirds, who won 23 out of 28 games, clinched the District 2-4A title and held the No. 1 ranking in 4A for a time.

  • State baseball: Mora reaches 1A-2A title game

    Mora will play for a state baseball title at 9 a.m. Friday at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.

    The opponent is top-ranked Mesilla Valley Christian, which bounced Gateway Christian 14-4 in a Thursday semifinal at Rio Rancho's Cleveland High.

    The Rangers defeated Jemez Valley 11-3 in another Thursday semifinal at Cleveland. Kenny Martinez earned the pitching win.

    Lefonso Castillo drew first blood for Mora when Jemez botched a play with two outs in the Ranger half of the second inning.

    Jemez tied it when Josh Loretta made it home on a groundout after getting on with a walk.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 11, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 11, 2018.

  • State softball: Robertson eliminated

    Robertson's dream of a state softball championship came to an end Thursday in Rio Rancho, as No. 3 seeded Cobre edged the No. 4 seed Lady Cardinals 5-4 in an elimination game.

    The Lady Cards, who received a first-round bye and won their state opener by beating No. 5 Santa Fe Indian 11-2 Wednesday, lost to No. 1 Silver by a 9-0 tally early Thursday.

    Cobre scored in the sixth inning to pull ahead and held on for the one-run win, advancing to meet Portales in the playback bracket. It was the Indians' third win over Robertson in as many meetings this spring.

  • County Commission approves Pecos-area subdivision

    PECOS — After a lengthy discussion during Wednesday’s regular meeting, the San Miguel County Commission approved a subdivision for a neighborhood located north of Pecos.

  • No charges filed in bloody May 2 incident

    A May 2 emergency call to a home on Delgado Avenue involved two men going to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, a great deal of blood and suspicion there had been a stabbing — but no criminal charges.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, May 11-14

    FRIDAY (May 11)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park
    • Class 4A state tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    Track and field
    • Class 4A-6A state championships, 8 a.m., UNM Track and Soccer Complex, Albuquerque


    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

  • On to the next race: Miguel Coca signs with Iowa Central

    The raw talent has always been there for Miguel Coca.

    But the will to win and the drive to become a more disciplined, focused runner have evolved over time.

    The West Las Vegas senior — who concluded his high school athletic career with the Class 4A-6A state track and field championships this past weekend in Albuquerque — has taken the next step in that evolution by signing with Iowa Central Community College.

  • Rangers return to 2A baseball semifinals

    For the second year in a row, the Mora Rangers are headed to the Class 1A-2A baseball semifinals.

  • Optic interview: Howie Morales

    As happens with several active government office holders and candidates, state Sen. Howie Morales is making the rounds in northern New Mexico. He stopped by the Optic office on a recent weekday afternoon during one of his recent campaign swings through San Miguel and Mora counties and took some of our questions.

    Optic: Why can be done to bridge some of the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans, both in New Mexico and nationwide?