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  • Weather Feb. 5, 2016

    Friday

    HIGH 39° / LOW 9°

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. North wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -1.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:58 a.m. to 5:32 p.m.


    Saturday

  • Climate and energy focus of annual conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    One hundred and fifty students  from schools around the area and other countries will attend United World College-USA’s Annual Conference with a focus on climate change and energy innovation. About  20 speakers, including Param Jaggi, featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, will speak on topics related to energy policy, climate change, and energy technology. The conference started on Thursday and will end on Saturday at the Montezuma school.

  • Que Pasa Feb. 5, 2016

    2.6.2016
    SATURDAY
    All day
    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is looking for contestants to compete in the Miss Las Vegas Pageant on Saturday Feb. 20. The contest is open to young women 17 to 24. Phases of competition are interview, talent, physical fitness in swimsuit, and formal wear. To enter the competition go to www.missnewmexico.org and enter online. For more information, contact Philip Ortiz at ortiz87701@yahoo.com or 718-6848. Deadline to enter is Saturday, Feb. 6.

    7 to 10 p.m.

  • Opening night

    D.J. Bustos poured in 29 points Wednesday night, firing an opening salvo in West Las Vegas’ push for another District 2-4A boys’ basketball title. The Dons topped Taos 71-54 in front of a robust crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    It figures to be an especially intriguing race this February, with all four boys’ teams ranked in the top 10 for Class 4A. The Dons entered the season as the presumptive favorite and the defending district champ, having reached the state championship game last March, but they’ve got plenty of company now.

  • NMHU announces signings

    Las Vegas Optic
    The excitement that is National Signing Day did not leave New Mexico Highlands University untouched. Head football coach Jeff Mills and soccer’s Oscar Mendoza announced a number of signings (and transfers) Wednesday.

    FOOTBALL

  • Grapplers get one last tune-up

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

    With more than 1,200 matches over the two-day event, there was plenty of mat time for all participants in this past weekend’s Cardinal Classic, which served as a final tune-up before district and state tournaments.

    Defending Class 1A-4A state champion Robertson and first-year head coach James Martinez were missing a couple of key grapplers but managed a top-five finish in the team standings.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Feb. 5, 2016

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    •NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    •NMHU women and men vs. Westminster, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •Mora boys (A,B) and girls (A,B) vs. Escalante, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    •Memorial, West Las Vegas, Mora Middle School boys at Taos tournament, TBA, Taos
    •Valley Middle School boys at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos
    Softball

  • Highlands recruiter arrested

    A Highlands University employee on a recruiting trip to Albuquerque was arrested and charged with two felonies on Thursday after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse and was later found with cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metro Court in Albuquerque on Thursday.

    Martin Lucero, 42, of the 2500 block of Eighth Street, was on a student recruiting trip and was driving a Highlands Ford Escape at the time of his arrest.

  • Organic chemistry student accepted to 7 doctoral programs

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An organic chemistry senior at Highlands University has his pick of seven top doctoral programs around the country.

    In December, Melecio Perea’s letters of acceptance started rolling in from Ph.D. programs at Yale, UC-Berkeley, UT-Austin, UCLA, Northwestern University, Colorado State University and Indiana University.

  • Clinton takes Iowa

    By Kathleen Hennessey and Kathleen Ronayne

    The Associated Press

    NEWBURY, N.H.  — Presidential contenders on Tuesday turned their airplanes and their hopes to the next arena in the fight for the nominations, a state that will test Ted Cruz’s broader appeal and give Hillary Clinton a chance to reinvigorate her battered campaign in the Granite State.