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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 20, 2012

    MONDAY
    LUNES

    • The Las Vegas Optic’s mayoral candidate forum will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Memorial Middle School auditorium.

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Under the Ocean” by Michael Garland. The theme for the month is “Leap Year Laughter.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Wise move, timely idea

    The Las Vegas City Council’s decision to terminate the city’s contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce was a wise move.  Public confidence in the chamber’s ability to serve the local businesses has all but disappeared, so cutting off the public funds was a necessary move.

    Now comes the formidable task of rebuilding. The city, after all, needs a chamber of commerce that effectively supports, promotes and markets the business community in such a way as to encourage economic development and job growth.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 20, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Election criteria

    Maybe it’s all the forums. I listened to bits and pieces of the radio station forums for the council and mayoral candidates. I attended the Community Water Board forums. Now I’m in the middle of moderating the Optic’s candidate forums. And next week I plan to attend the two business-specific mayoral forums being sponsored by the Las Vegas Independent Business Alliance.

  • HU scares nationally ranked Metro

    Three points. Four points.

    That’s all that separated New Mexico Highlands from nationally ranked Metro State (women and men, respectively) on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Upsets would’ve been just what the doctor ordered for Highlands teams fighting for their playoff lives as the regular season winds down.

  • East-West sequel more sedate

    This time, all the drama was in the actual basketball.

    Robertson rolled past West Las Vegas 82-65 on Thursday at Mike Marr Gym, and unlike the crosstown rivals’ first meeting, this contest remained civil throughout.

    After a close first half, the Cardinals broke the game open after intermission, using a run of 17 uninterrupted points to put things out of reach.

  • Mora, RHS top districts

    The Mora Rangers clinched the District 2-2A regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in this week’s district tournament on Saturday by beating Peñasco 84-64 at Montoya Gym in Mora.

    Mora, which got 33 points from Tim Romero, improved to 23-3 overall and 7-1 in district.

    Coach James Branch and his team join the Robertson Lady Cardinals and their mentor Rick Armijo and the Wagon Mound Trojans and coach Bobby Clouthier as area teams who have claimed outright district championships in recent days.

  • Wrestlers Montoya, Crespin take state

    Freshman Rico Montoya now has two individual state wrestling championships to his credit, and he still has three years left to compete for the Robertson Cardinals.

    Montoya was one of two local grapplers — the other was fellow Cardinal Joe Crespin — to bring home state titles from this past weekend’s state tournaments at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. In Saturday’s 120-pound final, he took a 6-1 decision over Anthony Bernal of eventual team champ St. Michael’s.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 20, 2012

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • District tournaments, TBA
    • District 2-3A playoff: Robertson boys vs. Taos, TBA, Santa Fe (SFIS)
    • District 2-2A playoff: Mora girls vs. Peñasco, TBA

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • District tournaments, TBA
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Otero JC (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • District tournaments, TBA

  • City axes chamber contract

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce suffered a stunning rebuke from the City Council which voted unanimously on Wednesday night to terminate its contract with the embattled organization.