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Today's News

  • Learning from tragedy

    Seventeen months have past since two girls were killed in an alcohol-related rollover on Interstate 25 near Tecolote, but the devastation remains.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 17, 2014
  • Work of Art: God created zucchini

    When God created zucchini, was He was playing a monumental joke on humankind in giving us a bland, tasteless, mushy-feeling omni-present veggie?

    I believe the creator hoped to watch our expressions as we attempt to down that slick food that’s so prolific it ought to be named “rabbit.” Someone should write a book and title it, “How to Stop Growing Zucchini and Rabbits.”

  • Santa Rosa sweeps RHS

    Santa Rosa swept Robertson in a Monday night volleyball contest held in Santa Rosa.

    Game scores were 25-11, 25-19, 25-22, in favor of the Lady Lions.

    The Lady Cardinals slipped to 2-2 under first-year head coach Dominique Montoya. Santa Rosa is off to a strong start at 6-3 overall with a 2-0 record at home.

    Rachele Portillo paced Robertson with 17 kills and eight service aces. Setter Kimmeah Martinez notched 47 assists.

    Jaci Fulgenzi had seven digs, and Hannah Lopez two blocks to highlight the defensive effort.

  • Dons XC fourth at Jemez Valley

    Despite being shorthanded, the West Las Vegas boys’ cross country team had a spirited effort in finishing fourth in this past Saturday’s Jemez Valley Invitational.

    “Really, we should’ve been first or second, or at least second,” said WLV head coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo. “We were missing one, and that hurt us.”

    The Dons’ lead varsity runner, senior Moises Coca, earned an individual runner-up finish, crossing the line in 18 minutes and 49 seconds.

    Kevin Villanueva was 12th with a time of 20:01.

  • Cowgirl Way honors 2

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Two current New Mexico Highlands student-athletes were presented with the Southwest Capital Bank Cowgirl Way Scholarship by the bank’s regional president Mike Melton, the school announced Sept. 10.

    The athletes who received the scholarship are junior Destiny Dilworth (track and field) and senior Jacquelyn Wood (softball).

  • Dagnino helps Cowgirl soccer to two key wins

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The Las Vegas, New Mexico, area Subway restaurants and Manger Regina Denardo are pleased to announce that soccer sophomore Anyssa Dagnino has been named the Subway Eat Fresh Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 15.

    Dagnino helped the Cowgirls soccer team (3-1) not only pick up two pivotal region wins, but helped Highlands record a pair of shutouts in the first home-opening weekend. She made the most of her three shots in those two combined games, finding the back of the net twice.

  • West Las Vegas homecoming tickets on sale

    Submitted to the Optic

    Tickets for the 2014 West Las Vegas homecoming game vs. Capital, Friday at 7 p.m., are now on sale at the West Las Vegas Athletic office, located in the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5 years and younger as well as senior citizens.

    Tickets can also be purchased at the tailgate party, which will take place after the parade, at the south end of the West Las Vegas football field.

    The homecoming pep assembly will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at the gym.

  • Amid outcry, Vikings OK Peterson return

    By Jon Krawczynski
    AP Sports Writer

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have seen the details. They have seen photos of the injuries that Adrian Peterson’s 4-year-old son suffered at the hands of the star running back. They have a history of punishing players who have run into trouble with the law.

    The Vikings brought Peterson back to the team anyway even as the public furor over the NFL’s approach to addressing domestic abuse reached a fever pitch.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 17, 2014

    Wednesday
    Cross country
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Española, 3:30 p.m., Española
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Robertson boys vs. East Mountain, 5 p.m.
    • Robertson girls vs. East Mountain, 3 p.m.
    Volleyball
    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Capital, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Thursday
    Cross country
    • Memorial Middle School at Moriarty, 3 p.m., Moriarty
    Football