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  • Scholarships available for FFA students

    Submitted to the Optic

    Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Company has announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation.

    Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.

  • WLV’s Najar free to play — for now

    Like basketball players tipping the ball in to get a game under way, West Las Vegas and Cody Najar is hoping this isn’t merely a false start that must go back to center court.

    Najar, a senior forward, learned on Tuesday that he will be allowed to continue playing at least for the time being.

    Fourth District Judge Matt Sandoval extended a temporary restraining order against the New Mexico Activities Association, the statewide entity that governs extracurricular activities.

  • Cowboy wrestlers take one in Texas

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    PLAINVIEW, Texas — After falling in a 15-3 hole, the Cowboys won the next five matches as New Mexico Highlands University (5-4) knocked off Wayland Baptist (2-9) for the second time this season, this time by a 24-21 score Tuesday night.

  • Rivalry Week, Part Two
  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 7, 2014

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Eastern Arizona (DH), Thatcher, Ariz.
    • NMHU vs. Lubbock Christian, 1 p.m., Brandt Park
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Adams State, 5 and 7 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial, WLV Middle School boys at Taos, TBA, Taos
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Hawaii-Hilo, 7 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at UNM, TBA, Albuquerque

    Saturday
    Baseball

  • Cops: DUI driver had kid

    A Las Vegas woman is facing a felony child abuse charge for allegedly driving drunk with her 8-year-old son last week.

    State police arrested Barbara M. Menchaca, 25, of the 700 block of Jackson Street, on the night of Jan. 30 after she crashed her vehicle on NM 63 in Rowe.

    When the officer arrived at the scene he encountered Menchaca, who was speaking with her young son.

  • Avid Denver Bronco fans - Bowl trip provides memories

    Las Vegas residents Lawrence Martinez, Orlando Brown, Deanna Urioste and Danny Downs have something in common. They all attended Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday where they cheered for the Denver Broncos.

    Despite the Broncos losing to the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8, the Las Vegas residents enjoyed the game and say they are coming back with wonderful memories.

  • UPDATED: Chairwoman opposes nomination

    By The Associated Press and Optic staff

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee leader is opposing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointee to the governing board of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Rules Committee chairwoman Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat, said Monday she’ll recommend the panel reject Carl Foster’s nomination to the university’s board of regents.

    Lopez said Foster has a conflict of interest because of a pending lawsuit against the school for breach of contract.

  • Gov could derail Amtrak partnership

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A proposal to bring Amtrak’s Southwest Chief train through New Mexico and two other states could get stopped in its tracks by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The New Mexican reports that proponents fear the plan to run Southwest Chief on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will hinge on the Republican governor’s support.

    While her office did not respond to questions Friday seeking comment.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 5, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Campos rejects contract extension

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos told a campus publication that he doesn’t plan to accept the one-year extension to his contract that was approved by a divided board late last month.