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Today's News

  • ‘Almas de la Plaza’ alive in Las Vegas

    By Elizabeth deMare
    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas all but reeks of stories. You can hear the whispers of the lives of its forebearers rustling, all but forgotten, among its historic buildings.

    Traveling merchants from far and wide, covered in the dust of the Santa Fe Trail which nurtured them, lurk in the stones of the buildings on Bridge Street.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 26, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Music from Angel Fire, celebrating 28 years, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. For more information call, 575-377-3233.

    • Fundraiser BBQ Brisket Sandwich Sale for Xplosion Softball Traveling Team, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Community 1st Bank, $6 for sandwich, chips and a drink. Pre-orders welcomed and delivery available, call 505-617-0759.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! WHOLE LOT OF SHAKIN’. Colorado experienced its largest earthquake in 38 years just before midnight on Monday, when a magnitude 5.3 quake hit just south of Trinidad and north of the New Mexico line. Residents of northern New Mexico felt it as well — as far south as Springer, we hear.
    Meanwhile, the East Coast, while bracing for a hurricane, was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Not since Barack Obama’s election has D.C. been so shaken up.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Aug. 26, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma, the R.R.’s luxury resort

    Having established its new rail town east of the Gallinas in 1879, the AT&SF quickly embarked on the second reason it chose to make Las Vegas its regional headquarters. The railroad intended to develop the hot springs north of town as a premier resort for the rich and famous who were by then anxiously traveling by rail to the alluring west.

    But first, a brief history of the hot springs area before the railroad arrived.

  • HU men’s XC 6th in region

    Running with the big dogs is nothing new for the New Mexico Highlands University cross country program and longtime head coach Bob DeVries.

    With perennial national championship contenders Adams State and Western State in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the competition is always intense and the bar is always set high.

    NMHU’s men ranked fifth among the 12 schools fielding a men’s cross country team according to a preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday by the league’s Colorado Springs office.

  • Friday night lights back on for Cardinals, Dons, Rangers

    Football season is back in the Meadow City this weekend.

    West Las Vegas opens the home schedule with Socorro Warriors coming into Perkins Stadium, while Robertson visits Portales. Both games kick off at 7 p.m. Friday.

    Additionally, the reborn Mora Rangers team is back from the dead and opening at Wingate on Friday night. Then, in six-man football, Wagon Mound’s cooperative effort with Roy and Mosquero plays host to Elida at noon on Saturday.

  • Peñasco outlasts Lady Dons

    Entertaining? Yes.

    Competitive? You bet.

    Promising? Sure.

    Victorious? Not this time.

    The first match of the Felix Flores Era of the West Las Vegas volleyball program took place Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym, and the Lady Dons lost in five games to visiting Peñasco out of Class 2A.

    West rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit in the match to force a winner-take-all game five, and the Lady Dons promptly went ahead 8-1 as Larrissa Gallegos and Faith Romero each had successful attacks at the net.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Aug. 26, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson at Portales, 7 p.m., Portales
    • West Las Vegas vs. Socorro, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Mora at Wingate, 7 p.m., Fort Wingate
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s tournament games: Dream Team vs. Balls Deep, 6 p.m.; Blaze vs. Buzzards, 7 p.m.; Vegas Boys vs. Yo Momma, 8 p.m., city complex
    Volleyball
    • Mora, Pecos at Springer tournament, TBA, Springer

    SATURDAY

  • FYI - Sports

    Young American Football League registration is under way for the fall season. Forms can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $65. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 26. Sports physicals are mandatory. Grades 3-4 are in juniors division; grades 5-6 in seniors division. Mandatory player evaluation is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Perkins Stadium; juniors at 8:30 a.m., seniors at 10:30 a.m.

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