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Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! RADIO THREATS. Let this be a lesson for all who get their hands on a radio used by emergency personnel — don’t mess around with it. The Federal Communications Commissions has announced that it intends to impose a $25,000 fine against a local man who got hold of a police radio and used it in an inappropriate way.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 16, 2011
  • Lawmaker's Perspective: Redistricting the main focus

    The legislature is meeting in special session to consider redistricting legislation and a slew of other issues that the governor has placed on the agenda. The difficulty is that communication between the governor and the legislature has been very limited leading up to this session, foreshadowing a contentious few weeks.

    New Mexico now more than ever needs the governor and the legislature to communicate, cooperate and collaborate.

  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma’s seminary in exile

    The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops purchased the Montezuma property in 1937, and a Catholic seminary was established at the site for the education and religious training of Mexican seminarians, under the direction of a Mexican order of Jesuit priests.

    It is common knowledge that for many years Montezuma served as a Catholic seminary, but seldom do historical or other accounts explain why a Mexican seminary came to be located in the United States, five miles north of Las Vegas. We will provide that explanation in this column.

  • Rangerettes top Lady Dons

    If Mora volleyball coach Jacquelyn Sanchez was feeling vindication Tuesday night after her current team’s defeat of her former team, West Las Vegas, she wasn’t showing it too much.

    A Facebook post by Sanchez praised her Rangerettes but also credited the Lady Dons for “a tough game” in the 3-1 Mora victory at Gillie Lopez Gym.
    Mora had a better defensive effort than it showed in a 3-2 loss at Robertson on Sept. 6, with the back row getting to most of the Lady Dons’ attacks. And despite giving up a height advantage across the front line, the Rangerettes held their own up front as well.

  • RHS boys golf wins Raton fall tournament

    After watching their girls’ team counterparts hog all the headlines in recent years, the Robertson boys’ golf crew may be poised to take its turn in the spotlight.

    The Cardinals won their first event of the fall schedule this past Monday, posting a team score of 363 to take the title in the Raton Invitational.

    “It’s a good showing because Raton is a top team in our district,” said Gene Gurule, who is head coach of both boys’ and girls’ golf at Robertson.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 16, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Texas Tech Open, 8 a.m., Lubbock, Texas
    Football
    • West Las Vegas at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • Mora vs. Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Wagon Mound-Roy-Mosquero at Lake Arthur, 4:30 p.m., Lake Arthur
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Colorado Christian, 1 p.m., Lakewood, Colo.
    • Robertson girls at Rehoboth tournament, TBA, Rehoboth
    Volleyball
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Tournament of Champions, TBA, Santa Fe

    SATURDAY
    Cross country
    • Robertson at Taos, 9 a.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas at Manzano, 9 a.m., Albuquerque

  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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    Coaches, we love covering your teams! Submit your scores, stats and story ideas to the Optic: dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Phillies clinch playoff spot

    HOUSTON — Roy Halladay pitched his 20th career shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to reach the playoffs this season with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

    The NL East leaders clinched at least a wild-card berth and will appear in the postseason for the fifth straight year. Philadelphia won the World Series in 2008 and took the NL pennant in 2009.

    Once the club signed ace Cliff Lee last winter to round out a dominant rotation, another playoff berth for Philadelphia seemed a foregone conclusion.

  • Vatos feeling sentimental?

    The current edition of the Vatos rugby club may have scored a solid runner-up finish in the recent Santa Fe 10s Tournament, but the Vatos alumni — a gathering of fellows from 20 years of competition — showed they still have plenty of fight left too.

    More than 50 current NMHU Vatos and alumni took part in the Sept. 4 event. “It was a good day of rugby,” said founding coach and adviser Dick Greene.

    In the College Division the Vatos A side defeated UNM 28-10, Santa Fe 24-0 and NMSU 32-12. They again defeated UNM 33-5 before losing in the finals to New Mexico Tech 15-10.