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Today's News

  • HU students have strong showing at symposium

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University science students made a strong showing at the New Mexico Academy of Science and New Mexico EPSCoR annual symposium, presenting more research studies than any other university in the state for the second year in a row.

    The Highlands University science faculty and students presented 12 of the 24 oral research presentations and 12 of 27 research posters in November in Albuquerque at the symposium.

  • Noticias - Dec. 16, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • 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 held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 16, 2013
  • Resignation was justified

    It’s unfortunate to see an elected official forced out of office before the end of his term, but in the case of Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza it is long overdue.

  • Another Perspective — Helping people get insurance

    The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is committed to getting as many individuals as possible enrolled in health insurance plans by Dec. 23, 2013 (the deadline for health insurance coverage effective January 2014).

    The federal website is improving, but our overriding concern now is time. Individuals who want and need insurance coverage beginning in January 2014 have two weeks to enroll.

  • DOMination - Eleven locals All-District 2-3A; RHS junior earns MVP honor

    Eight Robertson Cardinals and three West Las Vegas Dons are among the honorees named to the All-District 2-3A football team for this past fall season.

    Dominic Lucero, a Robertson junior who played both running back and linebacker, was named Most Valuable Player.

  • Super Mannie - Cass scores 41 to lift Cowboys in double overtime thriller

    Western State’s Jordan Adams missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and host New Mexico Highlands held on to a 101-99 triumph in double overtime Friday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Appropriately, Highlands’ Mannie Cass closed out the game for the Cowboys by sinking two free throws with 14 seconds left to break a 99-99 tie.

    Cass was otherworldly, pouring in 41 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor and a 17-for-19 job at the foul line. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished three assists, blocked three shots and stole the ball once.

  • Lucero in top 10 at national finals

    The national title in team roping proved elusive this week for Las Vegas-area native Martin Lucero and partner Colby Lovell, but the pair made serious strides in the latter go-rounds.

    The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo wrapped up its weeklong run on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Lovell, the header, and Lucero, the heeler, were really clicking on Thursday, completing the roping in 4.2 seconds, the fastest of Round Eight by a three-tenths of a second margin.

  • Lobos foiled by Kansas’ 2nd half run

    By Geoffrey Calvert
    The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Trailing by one at halftime, New Mexico coach Craig Neal told his team if it just got a couple of quick baskets it could put No. 13 Kansas on the ropes.

    Instead, it was the Jayhawks that went on a run.

    Kansas scored 16 of the first 20 points in the second half, and then rolled to an 80-63 victory Saturday night that ended a two-game losing streak.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 16

    Monday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Mora, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School  girls at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española

    Wednesday
    No local varsity events scheduled

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) vs. Clayton, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Bernalillo