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Today's News

  • Class 2A champ Lions roar past RHS

    Defending Class 2A state champion Santa Rosa played an effective game of keep-away on Friday night, controlling the ball and time of possession in a 48-7 romp over visiting Robertson.

    The Lions, who again appear to be the team to beat in 2A, relied on much of the same successful formula that has produced wins and titles for a number of years.

    The Cardinals scored early and the contest was knotted up at 7-7 in the first quarter, but that didn’t last long.

  • ‘Beasties’ rock Monte

    For the second time in five days, Caitlin Diefendorf scored four goals, and Robertson had little trouble dispatching Monte del Sol 11-1 Saturday in Santa Fe.

    Morgan Diefendorf and Elena Martinez each added two goals and one assist. “Amber Yara had a spectacular day out on the flank with one goal and two assists from the midfield,” said RHS head coach Ian Williamson. “Katie Houdek also dominated both as a defender and as an attacker with one goal and two assists.”

  • Lady Dons sweep Prep

    West Las Vegas head volleyball coach Mary Bustos credited a total team effort with her squad’s straight-sets victory Saturday at Santa Fe Prep.

    The Lady Dons won 25-10, 25-19, 25-17, chasing the four-set win Thursday night at home against Santa Fe Indian.

    Deanna Bustos’ defense was sharp to the tune of 39 digs, and Gabby Griego — whose big serve packed a punch in the win over the Lady Braves on Thursday — added 12 for the Lady Dons.

  • Cards split with rivals

    A couple of gritty matches proved costly for Robertson boys’ soccer over the weekend, and head coach Clarence Montoya said he’s looking forward to the laborious schedule easing up a bit in the days ahead.

    “Some of the kids played six games this week, because some play both varsity and J.V.,” Montoya noted. “It won’t be as bad now the rest of September.”

  • Youth Soccer - Sept. 17, 2012

    The Optic plans to carry weekly schedules as well as photographs from Las Vegas Youth Soccer League matches through the end of the season, Oct. 28.

    Note that as with other scheduled games, these are subject to change.

  • Highlands readies for battle

    New Mexico Highlands University regents have fired the opening shot in what could turn into a messy court battle with the contractor they blame for delays in the construction of the student center building.

    Regents fired general contractor Makwa Builders LLC. in February, and the Albuquerque-based company and the university are now fighting over how much Makwa is owed.

  • Breathtaking Skill - Acrobats to perform at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Golden Dragon Acrobats at 3 p.m. Sunday in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    For more than 30 years, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have dazzled audiences around the world with shows of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. They are considered the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company.

  • Salvation Army store is closing

    The Salvation Army Thrift Store, which has been a local source for inexpensive clothing, furniture and other household goods for more than a decade, is closing its doors next week.

    The decision was made at the corporate office in California, and store employees were notified Wednesday. The store, located on Douglas Avenue,  is slated to close on Sept. 21

    Steve Arnold, Salvation Army’s northern New Mexico service extension field representative, said the store has been losing money for more than five years.

  • County criticized over proposed law

    San Miguel County’s  draft oil and gas ordinance wasn’t even an item on Tuesday’s County Commission meeting agenda, but the issue took center stage anyway as local activists showed up in force to voice their opposition to fracking and to criticize the proposed law.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 14, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    NM honored for organ donations
    New Mexico has been recognized for its organ donor registration rates.
    New Mexico Donor Services says the state has been awarded a silver medal by the Virginia-based nonprofit organization Donate Life America.
    The group’s latest report card shows New Mexico had a donor designation share of 60 percent in 2011 with an estimated 945,000 people on the state’s registry.