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  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 21, 2015

    School board forum
    The AAUW, along with the Optic, is sponsoring school board candidates forum for the Feb. 3 elections. The West Las Vegas School board forum will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. The forum takes place at the NMHU Student Union ballroom. The Las Vegas City School board candidate forum was held on Tuesday.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 21, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, Jan. 21 — A crane joist was used in removing the main girders and roof trussings at the Duncan Opera House, now being razed. The former show place of Las Vegas had fallen into disrepair and was condemned. A fence was temporarily erected to protect traffic during the demolition of the walls of the opera house on Sixth and Douglas. A force of workers has been employed by Bill Hanna, to tear down the building.

  • Weather - Jan. 21, 2015

    Snow likely, mainly after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 33. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible. Snow at night. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 19. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

    A 40 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 31. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.


  • Mandate transparency

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting ill and having to go to a hospital for treatment or a procedure, then you’ve likely also experienced anxiety as you wonder what the ordeal is going to cost you.

    Sadly, when it comes to health care costs in New Mexico, consumers are pretty much in the dark until they get the bill in the mail. By then, the expense has already been incurred and there’s little to do but suck it up and fork out your portion of whatever that bill happens to be.

  • Work of Art: I are right, amn’t I?

    An inveterate verbophile, I’ve always been interested in words, what they mean, why they mean, why they can hurt and heal. Remember that bit of doggerel about “sticks and stones” that may “break my bones”?

  • Dons crush Ruidoso by 49 points

    The main question for West Las Vegas’ boys going into Monday’s makeup game with Ruidoso was how fatigued they might be, playing their fourth game in five days.

    The answer? Not enough for the Warriors’ liking.

    West broke a 17-17 tie with 24 consecutive points and held Ruidoso to six points in the second quarter en route to a 93-44 rout at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Five for fighting

    Robertson’s Rico Montoya, Diego Trujillo and Bubba Okundaye, West Las Vegas’ Sal Lopez and Pecos’ Nathaniel Ortiz each captured individual championships over the weekend in a strong showing for area wrestling teams.

    The Cardinals placed five in the finals of the Joe Vivian Classic, long regarded as the premier regular-season tournament in New Mexico, and finished fourth as a team. The tourney  was hosted at Cibola in Albuquerque.

  • Good start for HU track

    NMHU Sports Information

    LUBBOCK, Texas — The New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team, ranked ninth in the country, finished a successful opening weekend at the Texas Tech Open with eight NCAA qualifiers and a win from senior Elizabeth Robertson in the weight throw.

    “This was a good opening meet. We had some very good performances and we also had an opportunity to assess what we have to work on,” head coach Bob DeVries explained.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 21, 2015

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Española Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (B,C) at Pecos, 6 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (C) at Pecos, 3 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Valley
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., WLV
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Raton, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • Problems persist at magistrate

    Las Vegas Optic

    Despite efforts to figure out what is making employees at San Miguel County Magistrate Court ill, the problem persists, prompting the court to close for all but the most critical business.

    Employees are once again experiencing headaches, nausea and irritation of the eye, nose and skin. That prompted officials to again close the courthouse last Tuesday.

    Officials don’t know how long the court will be closed.