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  • Vegas Bowl

    There’s plenty to play for in this year’s Robertson-West Las Vegas football game.
    Vegas Bowl kicks off at high noon on Saturday at the Herrera Complex, and both squads have prizes at stake in what is traditionally the Meadow City’s most-anticipated gridiron clash of the year.

    Robertson is 9-0 overall, 2-0 in district, and hasn’t lost a game in more than a year. Coach Leroy Gonzalez’s Cardinals can wrap up an undefeated regular season and a District 2-4A title, as well as lock up the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs with a win Saturday.

  • Jones era marked by successes

    When Steve Jones arrived on the New Mexico Highlands University campus back in 1997, he didn’t exactly have a lot to work with.

    “When I got here, I had a baseball, a bat or two, and maybe a couple uniforms.“

    And the team itself hadn’t been setting the world on fire, either.

  • RHS girls outlast Taos

    As the evening got later Wednesday, Hannah Lopez went from bit player to the deciding factor in Robertson’s 3-1 win over Taos in the first match of the District 2-4A volleyball tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals won 27-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-17, advancing to a Thursday night semifinal at Pojoaque Valley. The winner of that contest will play at regular-season champ West Las Vegas on Saturday night for the district championship.

  • Rugby upset: Vatos stun No. 3 Denver

    Las Vegas Optic

    The 13th nationally ranked New Mexico Highlands University rugby club upset No. 3 Denver University this past weekend 27-12, remaining unbeaten for the fall at 6-0.

    According to head coach P.J. Trujillo, it’s the first league defeat for the Denver Pioneers in three years and gives the Vatos sole possession of first place in the Frontier League.

    The physical play of the Vatos was evident throughout the entire game as the Vatos took an early lead and defended well.

  • State meet is Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic

    Robertson’s girls and West Las Vegas’ boys, as well as several individual runners from the area, will be among those contending in this weekend’s state championship meet in Rio Rancho.

    The meet gets under way at 9:15 a.m. with races in all classifications and will run through the early afternoon at Rio Rancho High School.

    As the district runner-up on the girls’ side, the Lady Cardinals qualified for state as a team. So did the third-place Dons on the boys’ side. Top three teams make the field.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 7, 2014

    • RMAC women’s tournament semifinal: NMHU-FLC winner at Colorado School of Mines, 2 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Class 1A-4A state tournament semifinals, teams TBA, 11:30 a.m., APS Soccer Complex, Albuquerque
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    Cross country
    • RMAC championships, 11 a.m.,
    Gunnison, Colo.
    • State championships, 9:15 a.m., Rio Rancho

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 7

    Badminton players wanted
    Are you interested in learning or playing badminton?  New badminton players are invited to come to the Abe Montoya Rec Center every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn and play badminton. No experience in badminton necessary.

  • It's a wrap
  • Montaño wins big

    Christian Montaño, who has served as Las Vegas’ police chief for the past four years, will be moving from a 22-year career in law enforcement to the judiciary starting Jan. 1.

    San Miguel County voters overwhelmingly selected Montaño, 44, in the race for magistrate judge, Division 1, in Tuesday’s general election. The Democratic candidate garnered 5,632 votes (72.8 percent) compared to 2,102 votes (27.2 percent) for the incumbent, Republican Eddy Gallegos, 57.

  • Election returns at a glance

    Returns at a glance
    Totals based on unofficial results


    Allen Weh
    178,763  45%

    Tom Udall√
    215,225  55%

    1,089 of 1,487 precincts


    Jefferson Byrd
    50,352  39%

    Ben R. Luján√
    78,865  61%

    392 of 519 precincts reporting