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Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

  • Civil war draws even: Cards upset Dons, shake up standings

    For seven minutes and 25 seconds — almost long enough to play Guns n’ Roses’ “Civil War” in its entirety — the West Las Vegas Dons went cold in the Meadow City’s own civil war on Wednesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    Whether it was knocking the ball off someone’s leg out of bounds or shooting it only to have the rim deflect the ball away or — most commonly — having a Robertson Cardinal disrupt or intercept, the Dons couldn’t get a point in that span.

  • Lady Cards handle West, stay unbeaten in district

    Robertson’s girls did not trail, going wire to wire in a 69-30 win at West Las Vegas on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The win kept the Lady Cardinals undefeated in District 2-4A with just two games left in the regular season. Coach Leroy Barela has his team 21-3 overall and 6-0 in district.

    West Las Vegas (15-8 overall, 2-3 district) can still catch Pojoaque Valley for the runner-up spot but will have to win its three remaining games to do so. On paper, the toughest of those games is a Feb. 14 date at Pojoaque (18-3, 4-1).

  • NMHU hoops: Men rallies past Wolves

    Highlands scored the game’s final six points to climb out of an 81-77 hole and steal an 83-81 victory against Colorado State-Pueblo on Tuesday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Will Newman’s two foul shots had given the visiting ThunderWolves a four-point lead with 47 seconds remaining.

    But Mike Nwabuzor, continuing his recent run of clutch basketball, drilled a 3-pointer to get the Cowboys within one.

    Then the Cowboys forced a turnover by Newman, and Nwabuzor scored the go-ahead bucket.

  • NMHU women's track: Cowgirls take on big schools

    NMHU Sports Information

    Texas, LSU, Alabama and USC.

    No, not an early prediction for next year’s BCS playoffs — just a few of the teams the NMHU women’s track team has competed against over the past three weeks.

    Throw in the University of New Mexico, Texas Tech, Utah State, Arizona, Colorado State and a handful of other Division I programs, and it becomes clear the Cowgirls are competing with some of the best in the nation with strong individual performances this indoor season.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 9-11

    FRIDAY (Feb. 9)
    Baseball

    • Luna at Eastern New Mexico (DH), 3 p.m., Portales
    • NMHU at West Texas A&M, 5 p.m., Canyon, Texas
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Lopez Gym (RESCHEDULED for Monday, Feb. 12)
    • Mora Middle School at Peñasco, 4 p.m., Peñasco
    Softball
    • Luna at Midland (DH), TBA, Midland, Texas
    Track and field

  • You better recognize

    Whether he’s playing with a band or going solo, Daniel Lee Gallegos has made his mark with music.

    Though the Las Vegas resident began releasing music in 1988, and has continued performing at weddings, fiestas, bailles and social gatherings, his reputation seems to have reached another level, evidenced by a recent award.

    It came by way of the 27th Annual Hispano Music Awards, which named his instrumental solo, “Polka de Vino,” Instrumental Song of the Year. The ceremony took place Jan. 13 at Ohkay Casino in Ohkay Owingeh.

  • UWC talents on display

    Theresa Wesner/ For the Optic

    International musicians and other performers put their talents on display Saturday in Montezuma as part of the United World College-USA’s annual conference.

    Some of the performers were Benjamin Varah, Peka Mueller, Bella Lasrsen and Kalin Kirilov.
     

  • Legislature: Regent reform proposal stalls

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — A state Senate committee on Monday blocked a proposed constitutional amendment that backers argued would have helped depoliticize the often partisan process of selecting regents for the boards of New Mexico’s public universities.

  • Campaign season going

    Democratic candidate for governor Jeff Apodaca, wearing a vest, stopped in both Mora and San Miguel counties Sunday to meet with delegates and others as part of his campaign.

    Apodaca took questions on a number of topics while at Hatcha’s in Mora, ranging from education, where he hopes to raise the minimum starting New Mexico teacher’s salary to well above $40,000 per year, to small business regulations, where he feels there is not enough state-level investment.

    Tuesday was the final day for 2018 statewide office candidates to turn in petitions.