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Today's News

  • Lady Cards win one for Pete

    It probably wasn’t easy for the Robertson girls’ basketball team to play on Saturday night.

    That day, Pete Garcia — a longtime Las Vegas City Schools technician, Cardinal supporter and father to Lady Cardinal senior Marka Garcia — succumbed to his battle with cancer.

    Coach Aunna Bradley said he’d accompanied the team on the road trip to No. 1 Lovington.

    Heavy hearts and all, Robertson went on to a stirring 33-31 upset victory.

  • Rangers nip Panthers for NRG title

    Tim Romero led Mora with 22 points as the Rangers narrowly defeated Pecos 52-48 on Saturday in the Northern Rio Grande Tournament championship game.

    The final, held at Pojoaque High’s Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona, was a rematch of the teams’ meeting in last week’s Tri-City tournament championship.

    But in that contest, Mora manhandled Pecos 84-45. Saturday, Pecos stayed in striking distance and trailed 30-20 at halftime.

  • Cleaning up this town

    Joe Aragon Jr. and his son Joe Aragon III are justified in their frustration with the city’s solid waste transfer station. It’s unnecessarily messy, with trash blowing all over the place on a regular basis. So when they complain to city officials that they regularly have to pick up the city’s trash on their neighboring property, it’s believable. And when they say it’s not just a transfer station, that it’s a dump and a junkyard to boot, no one can really argue with them.

  • Publisher’s Note: Candidate forums

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño called last week, relaying a concern he heard about the upcoming school board candidate forums. He wondered if the east-side forum might be skewed in favor of two candidates in particular — Felix Alderete and Ricky Serna — since they are members of the Community Committee for Better Schools.

    That committee is co-sponsoring both forums — for West’s candidates on Jan. 18 and for East’s on Jan. 20 — along with the Optic.

  • City annexes transfer station

    Despite a pair of complaints about its condition and a no-support statement from the state Department of Transportation, the Las Vegas City Council voted Wednesday to annex the city’s solid waste transfer station and adjoining rights-of-way.

  • Above and Beyond: A top-notch student-athlete

    Megan Martinez was awarded the Christopher Montalvo Sportsmanship Trophy at a recent basketball tournament in Pojoaque Valley’s Ben Lujan Gymnasium after the Lady Dons beat Taos 61-46 in the championship game.

    The parents of Christopher, who loved and excelled in the game of basketball, sat in the stands each year watching every game of the tournament. They are looking for that special person that best represents their son’s passion and love for the game.

  • Kids express hopes, dreams for new year

    As the first week of 2011 ends, most people are back to work. The Polar Bears have had their chill and have thawed out, and most are looking to the New Year with the hope of a better tomorrow.

    As the Optic found, Paul D. Henry and Union elementary students join the world in their hopes and dreams for a better future and a better world.    

    Paul D. Henry fifth-grader R.J. Ortiz thinks the world would be a better place if only the lunch menu would get better.

  • Nuestra Historia - Our beginning

    Every Monday morning since January 2010, I have recounted the history of Las Vegas and San Miguel County over the airwaves of KFUN/KLVF. Tom McDonald has now invited me to do the same thing in a weekly column for the Optic, and we begin that journey today. This column is the first in what we hope will be a long-running series bringing to life the history of our area.

  • Lady Dons rally, nip Pojoaque

    Down 23-10 after an 11-0 Pojoaque run and banged up at two key positions, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons seemed snakebitten at every turn Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    WLV post Vanessa Lucero and wing Briana Montaño — two of the Lady Dons’ veteran leaders — nursed knee injuries. The third of West’s big three, point guard Miranda Martinez wasn’t finding many easy shots, either. But she led a gritty effort as the host Lady Dons overcame a 13-point deficit to steal a significant non-district win from the Elkettes, 52-48.

  • Horsemen double up RHS in battle of top 5 clubs

    Okay, holiday break is over and school is back in session. Get ready for some math.

    The difference between No. 3 and No. 4 equals 25 points.

    Huh?

    Third-ranked St. Michael’s downed fourth-rated Robertson 47-22 on Wednesday night in Santa Fe, erasing an early deficit and likely confounding boys’ basketball pollsters yet again.

    RHS recently did that by bumping off Portales 51-48 in the Stu Clark Tournament when the Cardinals were seventh and Rams fourth in the polls.