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  • Weather Feb. 3, 2016


    HIGH 30° / LOW 3°

    A 10 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as -4. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

    6:59 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



  • Que Pasa Feb. 3, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    7 p.m.
    The El Creston Mutual Domestic Consumer’s Water Association board will meet at 49 Mira Sol Road in the Ojitos Frios Subdivision. The public is welcome.


  • Cowgirls cruise in Colorado

    Las Vegas Optic

    Getting a key contribution from several New Mexico natives, the Highlands women’s track and field squad earned a team championship in this past weekend’s NCAA Division II Challenge hosted by Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

    The Cowgirls, coached by Bob DeVries, amassed 130.5 points, well ahead of Nebraska-Kearney (92.5) and Colorado State-Pueblo (77).

    Salcia Slack triumphed in the triple jump, clearing 41-3 3/4, winning the event and qualifying for the NCAA national meet.

  • Lady Dons roll to 17-3

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Five Lady Dons scored in double figures and West Las Vegas’ team defense forced turnovers that led to numerous offensive chances in a 77-31 rout of Capital this past Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    It was among the last tune-ups for West before the start of the District 2-4A portion of the schedule this week. West hosts Taos on Thursday evening.

  • Cardinal Classic: Team effort

    Las Vegas Optic

    Could the annual Cardinal Classic be making inroads as the premier regular-season wrestling tournament in the state?

    That distinction still belongs to the Joe Vivian Classic in Albuquerque, but the local tourney — boasting both quantity and quality of competition — could warrant a place in the conversation.

    Missing a couple of key grapplers, Robertson placed fifth as a team out of 26 schools participating in this past weekend’s tournament.

  • Gaylor 4th in RMAC tourney

    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands 141-pounder Dan Gaylor battled back from a loss in the semifinals, winning in the consolation bracket only to fall three points shy against Peter Cunningham of Cal Baptist.

    That 9-6 verdict came in the third-place match of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestling tournament this past Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

    It was the first RMAC-only tourney in 20 years.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Feb. 3, 2016

    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    •West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Valley Middle School boys vs. Cariños, 4 p.m., Valley gym
    •Mora Middle School boys vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mora

  • Scoreboard: Lady Dons romp past Capital

    In one of the team's last non-district games, West Las Vegas turned away visiting Capital 77-31 in girls' basketball action on Friday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The running clock for a 35-point margin went into effect midway through an especially rough third quarter for the young Lady Jaguars. West outscored Capital 18-2 in that period, allowing just one field goal by Audrey Gonzales with 1:22 left in the quarter.

    Deanna Bustos (17 points), Jenika Padilla (12), Jaylen Gutierrez (11), Analysse Lucero (11) and Kerstin Morgan (10) scored in double digits for West, 16-3 overall.

  • Senior Profile: Answering Denver’s call

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    Grace Betty Detterick sits tall in a high-backed chair in her Dalbey Drive home, smiling, poised, gracious. The daughter of a Methodist minister who was himself the son and grandson of Methodist ministers, Grace Betty was born in Rochester, N.Y.

    In kindergarten, she remembers, “I drew a beautiful horse. But my teacher said, ‘What a pretty rabbit!’ She should have asked me what I’d painted.”

    So much for a career as an artist.