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  • Noticias - Jan. 27, 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.

    •Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 27, 2016


    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    The Robertson High School Dream Makers team will host a blood drive in honor of six-year-old Ayana Jaramillo, who is currently battling AML Leukemia. Anyone interesting in donating may contact Elicia Trujillo at 718-6619 or Judith Trujillo at 505-617-6015. Donors are asked to wear orange in support of Jaramillo.

    11 a.m.
    DWI Planning Council will meet at K-Bob’s at 1803 Seventh St. in Las Vegas. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call Yolanda Cruz at 425-7998.

  • Cowgirls win first RMAC game

    Michelle Traynham swished two go-ahead free throws with three seconds left to lift New Mexico Highlands to a 51-49 verdict over Adams State Friday night in Alamosa, Colo.

    The clutch foul shots helped the Cowgirls snap a losing skid that had reached 14 games, and it gave them their first win in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this winter.

  • Redbirds fourth in Trinidad tournament

    With Johnathan Trujillo and Bradlee Jordan winning their weight classes and Joseph Paul Griego also reaching the finals, Robertson came away with fourth place in this past Saturday’s Gene Gagliardi Invitational in Trinidad, Colo.

    West Las Vegas and Pecos finished 14th and 16th, respectively, out of the 21 schools represented in the tournament.

    Coming up on Friday and Saturday is the Cardinal Classic, which draws many of the state’s wrestling teams to Mike Marr Gym for one of the last grappling events of the regular season.

  • Three straight for RHS girls, Pecos boys

    Jazmine Jenkins led three Robertson girls in double figure scoring Saturday as the Lady Cardinals won a matinee game with Thoreau.

    Jenkins scored 20 of her 26 points in the second half as Robertson turned a 34-33 halftime deficit into an 80-65 victory at Mike Marr Gym.

    Samantha Montaño (20 points) and Alianza Darley (15) joined Jenkins in double digits. Angelica Montoya had 8, Rachele Portillo 5, Hannah Lopez 4 and Brandee Fulgenzi 2.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 27 2016

    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Moriarty, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    •Pecos boys (A,B) and girls (A,B) at Desert Academy, 5 p.m., Santa Fe
    •Pecos Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos
    •NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Plainview, Texas

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • Mora Middle School boys at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa


  • Ayana’s Battle

    Ayana Jaramillo is a young, dynamic and happy girl who enjoys cheering on the sidelines at sport games. These days she has hundreds cheering her on as she battles acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

    The 6-year-old kindergarten student was diagnosed with the highly aggressive disorder on Nov. 15 and is currently at the halfway point of her treatment. On Thursday, the Robertson High School Dream Makers organization will host a blood drive in her honor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Michael Marr Gymnasium.

  • East chief submits resignation

    Ruben Cordova is once again heading into retirement.

    The Las Vegas City Schools superintendent submitted his resignation letter to the board on Thursday evening. The resignation will become effective on April 30.

    Because the resignation wasn’t listed on the meeting agenda, the board was unable to officially accept it on Thursday. The board will likely vote to accept the resignation during an upcoming meeting.

    “I think it is time for me to move on,” Cordova told the Optic on Friday morning.

  • Council hopefuls talk shop

    Three of five candidates seeking election to the Las Vegas City Council shared their thoughts on everything from the minimum wage to code enforcement in a public forum Wednesday evening at New Mexico Highlands University’s student center.

    As with Tuesday’s mayoral forum, this one was co-sponsored by ADELANTE and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. Candidates were provided a half hour each to introduce themselves and answer pre-screened questions from audience members.

  • Editorial cartoon - Jan. 24, 2016