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Today's News

  • Weather - Feb. 24, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. West wind 5-15 mph becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:37 a.m. to 5:52 p.m.

  • Mustard Seed grant proposals sought

    Submitted to the Optic
    The First United Presbyterian Church (USA) of Las Vegas announced its sixteenth offering of Mustard Seed Grants recently. The grant was created in 1999 as a community outreach program to help fund special projects of various groups.  The programs or projects submitted must be new, innovative, goal-directed ideas that are consistent with the church mission statement, and needing seed money or one-time funding.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 24, 2014

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I Want to Help!” by Diane Adams. Free and open to the public.

  • Gov should rethink choice

    We’re glad that Carl Foster has finally dropped his lawsuit against New Mexico Highlands University.

    But the timing of his decision reeks of political maneuvering and of an attempt on his part to silence criticism over Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to appoint him to the Highlands Board of Regents. In our view, Foster is still a bad choice for the regents, and we’re glad that his confirmation stalled in the Senate Rules Committee.

    For anyone not familiar with the lawsuit, here’s the short version:

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 24, 2014
  • Just a Thought - Because of someone who came before you

    Have you ever stopped to wonder how much of your life is impacted because of someone who came before you?

    Individuals who have come before you have impacted your life in more ways than you can count.

  • Title trifecta - Lucero, Yara join Montoya in winning state wrestling championships for Robertson

    Four state championships in four seasons. A 40-0 record that included a Joe Vivian Classic title.

    Rico Montoya added those glittering prizes to his resumé Saturday, setting the table for what could be a history-making final year for the Robertson High junior.

    Montoya pinned two opponents and then engineered a 14-2 clinic of a major decision over St. Michael’s senior Geno Palermo to win state over the weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • One game, two winners

    As they took to the court at Mike Marr Gym Friday night, the Robertson girls’ basketball players had an unusual source of support in the stands — their crosstown rivals, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    By virtue of their 42-38 win over Pojoaque Valley, the Robertson girls not only tipped the regular-season District 2-3A title to West Las Vegas, they also leapfrogged Pojoaque in the standings to finish second in the district.

  • Rangers battle to No. 2 in 2-2A

    Submitted to the Optic

    This season’s version of the Mora Rangers has been a pleasant surprise. Amid player transfers, youth, and one of the toughest schedules in Class 2A, the Rangers finished the season with an overall mark of 11-15.

    More importantly Mora secured a hold of second place in District 2-2A with a 5-3 record although they lost a 74-67 nailbiter to the Peñasco Panthers on Feb. 20. Despite the defeat, Mora is the second seed for the upcoming district tournament which begins Tuesday at Joseph Montoya Gymnasium.

  • Tough weekend for Highlands basketball

    Playoff hopes turned dim for New Mexico Highlands’ basketball teams, which suffered sweeps at the hands of Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian over the weekend at the Wilson Complex.

    Perhaps the bright spot of the weekend was the men’s close call (77-69) Friday night against Mines, the No. 11 team in NCAA Division II.

    The Cowboys got within two late in that game before the Orediggers (21-3, 17-3) put some distance between themselves and the ‘Pokes with the help of four free throws by Luke Meisch.