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Today's News

  • Noticias - Sept. 5, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas is about to start a new house. They build affordable homes for low-income families. If you are interested in helping with the next house (or in some other way), contact them at  454-4434 or habitatlv @gmail.com. They are looking for volunteers of any skill level.

  • Labor Day 2011

    On this day to celebrate the hardworking men and women who keep this country going, we  can’t help but wonder what’s in store for this great nation. Is the American economy teetering, as some are suggesting, on collapse? Normally, we’d consider such a view to be hyperbole — spoken by fearmongers with a vested interest in the illusion of catastrophe — but this time there seems to be ample evidence that America is indeed in dire straits.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 5, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Thoughts on working

    If you are a working stiff, sweating away eight or more hours a day for someone who’s making the “big bucks,” there’s a good chance that you feel unappreciated.

  • Epic comeback for Cowboys

    Highlands football fans have grown accustomed to four-touchdown deficits.

    Seeing their Cowboys climb all the way out of those kinds of holes is a novelty.

    NMHU trailed Eastern New Mexico 28-0 at halftime Saturday but outscored the Greyhounds 43-8 after that to pull out a dramatic overtime victory.

    It was the NMHU head coaching debut for Eric Young and marked the first time in 11 years that the Cowboys have beaten their intrastate rivals on the gridiron.

  • Dons pick up first win, rout Sundevils

    Offense, defense and special teams all looked healthy for West Las Vegas in Friday night’s 40-14 romp against shorthanded Española Valley out of Class 4A.

    Nicholas Maestas and Julian Martinez were among the Dons who shined on defense, holding the Sundevils scoreless until early in the fourth quarter.

    George Martinez and Jordan Lopez, who hooked up for West’s only score in week one vs. Socorro, opened the evening with a 37-yard touchdown strike.

  • Cat scratch fever

    Robertson boys’ basketball coach David Bustos could only watch from the sidelines and pray for the best as his son (and Cardinal hoops standout)

    Justin picked up a botched snap and ran with the football on Friday night.

    Justin, the team’s new punter, glided like a gazelle amid a group of hungry predators and picked up a first down for the Cardinals with a 15-yard gain. The Cardinal Stadium crowd cheered its approval.

    More importantly, as far as his dad was concerned, Justin didn’t get mauled by Lovington’s hulking defense.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Sept. 5, 2011

    MONDAY
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Sioux Falls, noon, Perkins Stadium

    TUESDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Monte del Sol, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Robertson girls vs. Monte del Sol, 5 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. Mora, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    WEDNESDAY
    Cross country
    • Pecos middle school invitational, 4 p.m., Pecos

    THURSDAY

  • In Brief - Sports - Lobos fall to Rams

    Albuquerque — Colorado State defensive lineman Nordly Capi set an FBS record with four forced fumbles, including one in the closing seconds, to help the Rams hold off New Mexico 14-10.

    With New Mexico at the Rams 15 with 23 seconds left, Capi stripped quarterback Tarean Austin, then fell on the ball to thwart the Lobos’ last chance.

  • Weekend Roundup: Mora wins NRG volleyball tourney

    The Mora Rangerettes are Northern Rio Grande Volleyball Tournament champions.

    Mora defeated Dulce in four games Saturday to capture the annual gathering of much of the region’s better squads.

    Playing in their second tournament in as many weeks, the Rangerettes lost the opening game in the title match but won each of the next three to clinch the trophy. Game scores were 11-25, 25-13, 27-25, 31-29.