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Today's News

  • Elks hold on, drop Dons

    On the first play from scrimmage Saturday, Pojoaque Valley quarterback John Ainsworth dashed 67 yards for a touchdown against the visiting West Las Vegas Dons.

    That play may have set the tone for the afternoon, but it was the Elks’ stingy defense that carried through in a 33-24 verdict that sent the Dons to their fifth consecutive defeat.

    Ainsworth rushed for triple-digit yardage, with 84 coming in the first half, and his arm made him a bonafide option threat throughout the game.

  • Cardinals get healthy at Jags’ expense

    If the Robertson Cardinals were looking for relief from their brutal early schedule, they certainly found it Friday night in Santa Fe.

    The Cards had little trouble outdueling the struggling Capital Jaguars in a 35-0 win, which boosted Robertson’s record to 2-3 overall.

    James Gonzales rushed for nearly 200 yards and Dominic Lucero approached the century mark for the Redbirds, who will have this weekend off to prepare for an Oct. 12 homecoming date with Pojoaque Valley.

  • WLV sweeps the silver

    Alonzo Chavez posted the quickest time to date in winning his fourth straight meet.

    Karlene Montaño returned to form near the front of the pack.

    And the West Las Vegas boys’ and girls’ cross country teams swept the runner-up team awards, all in Saturday’s Meadow City Cross Country Invitational, held at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Highlights of prep varsity results are as follows.

  • Weekend Roundup - Cowgirl kickers earn first RMAC victory

    First-half goals by Autumn Woods, Crystal Schuder and Kelsie Roberts went unanswered for the remaining 57 minutes of regulation, and host New Mexico Highlands claimed its first league victory in women's soccer with a 3-0 shutout of Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowgirls improved to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while CSUP dropped to 1-6-1 and 1-4.

    Autumn Woods punched in a Marci Johnson corner at the 20:48 mark for the first goal.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 1, 2012

    MONDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas JV at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    Volleyball
    • Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS gym

    TUESDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa
    Volleyball
    • Mora (A,B) at Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Santa Rosa
    • Pecos (A,B) vs. McCurdy, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Pecos Middle School vs. McCurdy, 4 p.m., Pecos

    THURSDAY
    Soccer

  • High school diplomas at risk

    More than a quarter of Robertson High School seniors are at risk of not graduating because they have so far been unable to pass the state test that measures proficiency in reading and math.

    Twenty-eight of the school’s 97 seniors are scheduled to retake the test next week.

    Students who fail it again could end up walking away at the end of their senior year with a certificate of completion rather than a high school diploma.

  • Senior Profile - Pat and Marylena Melton

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    Las Vegas Optic

    Pat and Marylena Melton have spent decades juggling a thriving real estate business and their sprawling ranch east of Las Vegas.

    Now they’re ready to take the plunge into retirement.  

    “It’s taken us since December to get to retirement,” Pat said, noting that breaking away from the real estate business hasn’t exactly been an easy task.

    “Our retirement has been an evolution. It takes time to make that transition.”

  • Las Vegas airport tops in state

    The Las Vegas Municipal Airport received the top award from the New Mexico Airport Managers Association last week at the state aviation conference in Ruidoso.

    The local airport was chosen as Airport of the Year. The recipient of the award is chosen from among the state’s 64 airports, including Albuquerque’s Double Eagle.
    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the award was due largely to the improvements done at the airport over the last few years and the service provided by airport employees.

  • Retired educators meeting in Vegas

    Educational retirees from throughout the state are in Las Vegas this weekend for the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees’ state convention.

    It’s the latest in a string of conventions and annual meetings hosed by Las Vegas, and state and county officials are thrilled with the boost to the local economy generated by the events.

    Local organizers of the educational retirees convention said that as of Wednesday 145 people had registered to attend.

  • Looking ahead - Sept. 28, 2012

    This Saturday is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico. On this special day, no license is required, although bag limits and other rules apply.