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Today's News

  • The school elections

    Tuesday’s a big day for area schools. It’s election day. At stake is who will lead the districts in Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos and elsewhere into the future.

    At this juncture, we have two hopes: One is that you’ll take the time, if you haven’t already, to cast your ballot. The other is that the Optic, through its reporting, has helped to inform and prepare you to make the most responsible decisions regarding the contested races for school board positions and bond requests that the districts are placing before you.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 4, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Save the drive-in

    Seems that for the past few years there’s been concern about how much longer the Fort Union Drive-In Theater will be able to remain open. And yet, year in and year out, owner Jeanna DiLucchio manages to produce another season of good movies starting on or near the Memorial Day weekend.

    Each year, however, it gets more and more challenging, because the movie industry is moving away from the 35 mm celluloid films that Fort Union depends on. In fact, according to DiLucchio, the industry has set 2013 as a cutoff year for such films. Instead, they’re going digital.

  • Amanda wins battle of the Boom Booms

    Las Vegas boxer Amanda Crespin scored a unanimous decision over Brenda Gonzales on Friday night at Crowne Plaza hotel in Albuquerque.

    Crespin improves to 7-4-1 as a professional, and she has now won three consecutive fights.

    In beating Gonzales, who shares Crespin’s ring nickname of “Boom Boom,” the 21-year-old Crespin took down a solid foe whose mettle has been tested in mixed martial arts as well as boxing.

    Gonzales, 30, a native of Moriarty, falls to 2-1 as a pro boxer.

  • Homestand continues for Cowboys - Cowboy wrestlers take four vs. Chadron

    A surge in the upper weight classes almost tipped Thursday night’s dual meet in favor of New Mexico Highlands, but it was visiting Chadron State that held on for a 22-15 win.

    The Cowboys were to continue their homestand with a Saturday afternoon dual against Colorado School of Mines, then head out to Amarillo, Texas, for a Tuesday meet with Wayland Baptist. The team wrestles in its home finale Wednesday against Colorado Mesa.

    NMHU lost 30-12 to Adams State on Wednesday in the Cowboys’ long-awaited return to the Wilson Complex.

  • Cass nets 34 for Cowboys in Pueblo

    Mannie Cass burned Colorado State-Pueblo for 34 points Friday night, and the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys inched closer to a winning record at 8-9 overall, 6-7 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    The Cowboys secured an 89-86 win, outscoring the ThunderWolves 18-10 over the last seven minutes. Lionel Coleman’s dunk off a Stargell Love assist made it 87-83, and after the Wolves missed three long shots on the other end, Coleman drew a foul and made both free throws with :04 left.

    Stargell Love added 14, Stuart Sullivan 12 and Lavell McDade 11.

  • District basketball games under way

    West Las Vegas’ boys let one get away from them again, this time vs. Pojoaque Friday night in Jacona.

    The Elks led just 30-26 at the break, but made a 9-2 run to start the third quarter.

    Pojoaque led 52-36 at the end of the third and went on to win 70-50.

    In a quick break from the 2-3A slate, the Robertson Lady Cardinals tripped up Sandia Prep 62-37, also on Friday.

    Kendra Montoya led RHS with 21 points; Abbey Bradley had a double-double with 17 and 10 boards, and Heather Aragon chipped in 13 points.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 4, 2013

    Monday
    Basketball
    • Pecos boys (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Pecos girls (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Prep, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Tucumcari, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Capshaw, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora Middle School boys vs. Dulce, 4 p.m., Mora
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Amarillo, Texas

    Wednesday
    Basketball

  • Activist sues county clerk

    An attorney for a local activist who is fighting to keep oil and gas drilling out of San Miguel County has filed suit against County Clerk Melanie Rivera, arguing that her refusal to sign off on a home rule petition is a violation of state law.

  • East hopefuls discuss 4-day week, merger

    Las Vegas City Schools board candidates faced off in a forum on Wednesday evening.

    The hot topic of the forum was the four-day school week the district enacted this school year after a split board vote in late June.

    Participating in Wednesday’s forum were: Position 1 candidates Ernesto J. Salazar and Sean Medrano; Gabe Lucero, who is running unopposed for his current Position 2 seat; and Position 5 candidates: Luis Ortiz, Alexis Mamaux and Carlos A. Perea.