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Today's News

  • Steers spoil Mora home debut

    Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in years, the Mora Rangers treated their fans to a quick touchdown in the first quarter Thursday night at Perkins Stadium.

    Helped by fresher legs later in the game, the visiting Magdalena Steers retaliated, winning 34-16.

    Louis Montoya punched in for a Rangers touchdown from 12 yards out, and Mora (1-2) led 8-0 four minutes in.

    Magdalena scored the next three TDs and led 20-8 with 6:16 left in the third.

  • 2A two good: Rattlers slither past West LV

    A week after dumping Class 4A Española, the 3A West Las Vegas Dons lost 40-8 at 2A Tucumcari.

    While the Rattlers are one of the tougher teams in 2A, the Dons’ loss is a setback after a couple weeks of marked improvement for WLV (1-2).

    Turnovers hurt the Dons, and Tucumcari’s Angelo Montaño made them pay early, intercepting a pass and returning it for a 27-yard touchdown.

    Montaño then caught a TD lob early in the second quarter, and the Rattlers led 14-0.

  • Weekend Roundup: WLV runners finish eighth in Jemez meet

    Cecilia Gutierrez and Genevieve Atencio ran a solid one-two and finished 20th and 22nd individually to pace the West Las Vegas girls’ cross country team to an eighth-place team finish in Saturday’s Jemez Valley Invitational.

    Gutierrez finished the course in 24 minutes and 27 seconds, and Atencio was 20 seconds back.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 12, 2011

    MONDAY
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at University of the Southwest, 5 p.m., Hobbs

    TUESDAY
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. Española, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Pecos vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Pecos

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer

  • 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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  • NFL OKs 9-11 uniform tributes

    NFL OKs 9-11 uniform tributes

    The NFL relaxed its normally rigid uniform policy so players could commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    League spokesman Michael Signora tweeted that the league told its 32 clubs that players may wear special shoes and gloves from official NFL equipment licensees for Week 1 games.

  • Breaking: Not guilty verdict in Baca trial

    A Guadalupe County jury found Richard Baca not guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday afternoon.

    Baca was on trial for the November 2009 slaying of Benito Lemos.

    The jury reached its verdict after sitting through four days of testimony in the case.

    For more on this breaking story pick up a copy of Monday's Optic.

  • Rape suspected at state hospital

    An investigation is under way into a suspected rape at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Both the suspect and the alleged victim are male patients at the hospital, and the sexual assault is believed to have occurred on June 10.

    Details of the investigation are contained in a search warrant affidavit filed by state police last month.

    The suspect is 78. Online court records show no charges having been filed against him so far.

  • Lost in the fight

    Carol and Pat “Pappy” Harris watched the horror of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks play out from their remote San Geronimo ranch, and they grieved with the rest of the country for the thousands of Americans who perished on that grim September day.

    But it would be five more years before the full weight of Sept. 11 would hit them like a ton of bricks crashing down on their idyllic lives.

    The attacks affected the entire Harris family, but it had a profound impact on their second oldest son, Shane Harris, who viewed it as a call to defend his country.

  • War, peace and relationships

    Las Vegas Optic

    Hopes for peace, acts of war and strained international relations. Each grew out of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — and have been directly felt in Las Vegas.

    You can see the impact in local lives. You can feel the effects in the words of friends and neighbors. Some even heard a calling as the towers fell.