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  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 24, 2017


  • Editorial Cartoon - March 24, 2017
  • Editorial Roundup - March 24, 2017

    The San Francisco Chronicle on Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House (March 21):

    The Trump family’s tangle of wealth and privilege has an additional complication. Ivanka Trump is getting an inner-circle White House office and security clearance, making her the most powerful first daughter in recent times.

  • Another Perspective: What’s happened to the Democratic Party?

    Once I was a Democrat. I went to see JFK at a rally in Elmhurst, Ill., wrote to Jimmy Carter and voted for William Jefferson Clinton in his first term.

    But things started to change in the ‘60s with the anything- goes generation, and culminated in Bill’s gig/gag with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. I learned then we had devolved from a party of upstanding principles to one of political opportunism, i.e. get what you can, any way you can.

  • Locals chosen for North hoops rosters

    Ten area players have been honored by being named to the North-South all-star games for basketball.

    Selection is limited to seniors from each year’s graduating class. The annual North-South games are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, with selections based on input from coaches in their respective regions. In addition to those named to initial all-star rosters, there may be additional honorees depending on participation.

  • Ninjas win gold

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Meadow City Soccer Club recently took 10 players to compete in a 100-plus team Classic FC Spring Cup XXII in Albuquerque. The 07 Ninjas battled harsh weather and opponents from around the state in the two-day tournament of 7v7 action.

    Playing with four underage players and two talented girls in the age 10 Boys division, the Ninjas outscored their opponents 12-2 and won Las Vegas’ first-ever gold in a tournament this size.  

    The club is now training for a tournament in Clovis in late April.

  • Dons fall in one-run nailbiter

    James Archuleta struck out five Bernalillo batters through four innings, but West Las Vegas’ strong defensive effort was trumped by the Spartans’ go-ahead run in the fifth.

    Bernalillo won the pitchers’ duel 2-1 Tuesday afternoon at WLV Field.

    The Dons fell to 5-2. They and Robertson (7-2) will play in this weekend’s Portales tournament.

    The Spartans opened with a run in their first at-bat.

    But West tied the score soon enough, as an Archuleta base hit scored Santiago Mondragon from third base.

  • Padilla, Coca among early qualifiers

    West Las Vegas’ Jenika Padilla and Miguel Coca wasted no time qualifying for state in their first meet out of the chutes this past weekend in Moriarty.

    Padilla’s 109-3 in the girls’ javelin earned her a spot at state, as did Coca’s 4:33.61 in the mile run.

    Padilla came within two inches of also qualifying in the long jump. Moses Esquibel was within a second of making the cut in the 400-meter dash. And J.J. Esquibel missed the cut in the half-mile by three seconds.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 24, 2017

    • Luna Community College at Midland (DH), noon, Midland, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Regis, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales
    Cheer and dance
    • State Spirit Championships, TBA, The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Luna Community College vs. West Texas (DH), noon, WLV Field
    • Robertson at Lubbock Invite, TBA, Lubbock, Texas
    • West Las Vegas at Santa Fe tournament, TBA, Santa Fe


  • Session closes

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A political standoff over how to fund New Mexico state government and public schools during the coming fiscal year showed no sign of quick resolution on Monday.