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  • Noticias - Feb. 10, 2016

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    •Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.

    •The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are at 6 p.m. every third Thursday in Faith Hall.

  • Editorial cartoon - February 10, 2016
  • Pass DWI legislation

    Three bills aimed at enhancing penalties for repeat DWI offenders have cleared the House and are now in the hands of the Senate.

    • House Bill 81 would make it a fourth-degree felony to be charged with a DWI while driving with a license that has already been revoked or suspended because of a prior DWI offense. The bill would also increase penalties for individuals who lend their vehicles to someone with a suspended or revoked license due to DWI.

  • Work of Art: And as for you . . .

    My son, a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark, for several years, often finds time to skim American-English newspapers, excerpts of which he forwards to me and to Facebook friends on this side of the Atlantic.

    Has Adam picked up an affliction from his dad? I thought I was the only one in the family to sit mesmerized after observing something that’s strangely worded.

  • Denver defense proves Super

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    SAN FRANCISCO — On top of his game and now the world, Von Miller’s docket is quickly filling up.

    A parade. Lots of parties. A princely payday.

    “I was just talking to Coach Kubiak, I was asking if you could make the plane do backflips on the way home,” Miller said Monday after accepting the Super Bowl MVP trophy from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • NMHU men break skid

    Las Vegas Optic

    Long-distance shooting won the game for New Mexico Highlands on Saturday night. But it was a pair of free throws — by Jonathon Mines with 11 seconds left — that made sure the outcome went the Cowboys’ way.

    Mines’ foul shots forced Colorado Mesa into a couple of desperation 3-point attempts that went awry, sealing a 99-95 win.

  • Cards rally past Dons

    Warren Fulgenzi’s free throws with five seconds left bought all the insurance the Robertson Cardinals required in holding off West Las Vegas in a 59-56 thriller Friday night at a packed Mike Marr Gym.

    The foul shots gave RHS a seemingly insurmountable four-point cushion at 59-55. But D.J. Bustos, fouled by Fulgenzi on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, gave the Dons a glimmer of hope. Two makes, an intentional miss on the third and an offensive putback would’ve done the trick. But Bustos missed the first free throw, and the final outcome was set.

  • Lady Dons alone atop district

    An inspired performance by Kerstin Morgan helped West Las Vegas’ girls take sole possession of first place in District 2-4A Saturday night.

    The Lady Dons (19-3 overall, 2-0 district) outgunned host Robertson 65-42 to round out East-West weekend at Mike Marr Gym.

    Morgan led all scorers with 19 points, including 11 in the first half as West raced to a 37-21 advantage against its crosstown rival.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 10 2016

    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •NMHU at Adams State, 7 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

    •Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas boys  (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Memorial Middle School boys vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., MMS

  • West girls alone atop district after beating RHS

    West Las Vegas assumed sole possession of first place in District 2-4A girls' basketball after dominating Robertson 65-42 on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym. 

    The Lady Dons trailed 11-7 after the first period but broke the game open by outscoring their hosts 30-10 in the second. West got a big performance from forward Kerstin Morgan, and liberal use of the press stymied Robertson's offense all night.

    For more on the East-West weekend and other area sports, see the Optic print editions this week.