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Today's News

  • LVCS board candidates questionnaire

    Editor’s note: With school board elections less than two weeks away it’s time to start brushing up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all school board candidates in San Miguel County. What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education. We’ll run responses from the other candidates in future editions of the Optic. Election Day is Feb. 5.

    Position 1

    Ernesto J. Salazar
    Age: 42; born in Las Vegas, NM

  • Mora County Notebook - New sanctuary under construction

    The Mount Calvary Assembly of God Church in Mora is building a new sanctuary. It is located beside their old sanctuary and community rooms.

    The congregation saw the need for a larger sanctuary to accommodate their growing congregation and for their use when they have special occasions such as funerals and weddings.

    The church’s pastor Daniel Enriquez stated that the sanctuary will be 76 feet long and 38 feet wide.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 25, 2013

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR
    Friday
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangers vs. Clayton, junior varsity and varsity, home
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vs. Clayton,  junior varsity and varsity, home
    Saturday
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vs. Questa, junior varsity and varsity, home
    Monday
    4 p.m. — Mora Rangers middle school vs. Pecos, home
    Tuesday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vs. McCurdy, varsity, away
    Thursday

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Three friends who no longer have to worry

    The calendar says it’s January 15th, and that translates into a very cold start to our new year. It was 12 degrees below zero last night, and it is 15 degrees above zero as I write this. Mark Twain noted that he never knew water could make a river so beautiful. I could paraphrase that with “ I never knew below zero temperatures for a long period of time could make ice so hard.” Yes our creeks are almost frozen solid and running water is hard to find.

  • Nip and tuck - Lady Dons defeat Robertson in District 2-3A opener

    Going down to the last minute, the first district girls’ basketball game of the year went to West Las Vegas, 55-50, on Wednesday at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Lady Dons (13-5) sealed the win when Celeste Trujillo caught a full-court lob from Deanna Bustos, made a short sprint ahead of the Robertson defense, and laid the ball up and in. The sequence left the host Lady Cardinals less than a full second to try a desperation shot that went awry.

  • Cowboys’ NFL dreams kindled in bowl game

    While it’s unclear what kind of impression New Mexico Highlands linebacker Jordan Campbell made on NFL scouts in this past weekend’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, he certainly grabbed the attention of sportscasters calling the game.

    Campbell drew raves with his individual effort for Herm Edwards’ American team, which lost 34-0 to Dick Vermeil’s National squad.

    “He’s got exactly what you want in a linebacker — read and react,” said Bill Polian. Polian is best known for his years as an executive with the Indianapolis Colts.

  • Cardinal frontcourt key in stopping Mora

    Robertson didn’t need much of an opening, and when the visiting Mora Rangers had a three-and-a-half-minute dry spell early in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals took full advantage.
    RHS rolled to a 72-59 win before a strong bipartisan crowd Tuesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    Ryan Tafoya, attacking the rim with bad intentions, led the Cardinals with 22 points, eight of which came in the final period.

    Mora’s Lorenzo Chavez scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter, which ended in a 17-17 tie.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 25, 2013

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Clayton, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) vs. Mesa Vista, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • Wagon Mound boys at Cimarron, 5 p.m., Cimarron
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Raton, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at New Mexico Collegiate Invitational, 8 a.m., Albuquerque

    Saturday
    Basketball

  • Cheers!
  • Lobos hold on, beat CSU

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — No. 15 New Mexico let almost all of a 22-point lead slip away until Tony Snell scored four points over the closing minutes to help the Lobos preserve a 66-61 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday.

    The win gave first-place New Mexico (17-2, 4-0 MWC) a two-game lead in the Mountain West Conference.

    Afterward, Lobos coach Steve Alford was all smiles despite watching his team nearly fritter away the large lead.