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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Valmora delegation active during reunion

    A year ago this picture would have been just another photograph I’d glance at as I sorted through a stack of very old black and white photos. It is actually printed on a postcard, and the printed wording on the front of it says: “Valmora Delegation, Cowboy’s Reunion, Las Vegas, N Mex.” “Malaney photo” is written on the lower corner.

  • Robertson’s Aragon signs with Bethel

    Santiago Aragon thought his football playing days were over, and he’d already turned his focus to strictly academic pursuits once he graduates from Robertson High in May.

    But Bethel College, a school in North Newton, Kan., changed things by offering Aragon a football scholarship.

    “I wasn’t expecting to play ball anymore,” he said Wednesday morning after a signing ceremony at Mike Marr Gym. “So it’s indescribable to have this chance. I don’t know what to say.”

  • RHS, WLV girls lose home finales; district tournaments next week

    After dropping Wednesday night home games — the home finales and senior night for both schools — the Robertson and West Las Vegas girls’ basketball teams now look forward to a shot at redemption represented by the District 2-3A tournament.

    The district tourney begins Monday, with fifth-seeded WLV likely traveling to fourth-seeded Raton in what could be a make-or-break game for both teams’ state tournament aspirations.

  • Youth wrestling next week

    Robertson’s wrestling program is hosting the Junior Cardinal Classic for children in kindergarten through fifth grade beginning Monday, Feb. 25, at McFarland Hall.

    Registration ($30 first child in family, $20 additional children) will be held 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday. No practice will be held then.

    Kindergarten and first-grade wrestlers will attend 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Second through fifth graders will attend 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

  • Rangers top Peñasco

    Mora’s boys’ basketball team topped Peñasco 82-60 on Tuesday, improving to 17-8 and 5-2 with just Saturday’s finale at No. 1 ranked Pecos (7-0 after Wednesday’s win over 5-3 Santa Fe Prep) left in the regular season.

    Cody Najar (31), Lorenzo Chavez (24) and Amrick Vasquez (11) led the Rangers in scoring.

  • LV junior wrestlers wrap up solid season

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Junior Wrestling took wrestlers to district and to the New Mexico Junior Wrestling State Championships held Feb. 10 in Albuquerque. The program came home with two junior state champions, as well as third- and fifth-place finishers.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 22, 2013

    Friday
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m., Abilene, Texas
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC meet, TBA
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at RMAC/Super Region IV tournament, 9 a.m., Chadron, Neb.

  • Meat processing plant opens

    Martinez & Sons Processing opened its doors for business Monday morning. By that afternoon, two steers and two heifers had already been brought in to be harvested.

    “It feels really good. It’s a long time coming,” said Timoteo Martinez who, along with his family, has been working to get the slaughterhouse off the ground for about three years.

    Martinez & Sons Processing, LLC. is the first commercial meat processing agricultural business in Las Vegas, serving area ranchers.

  • Optic’s McDonald leaving post

    Tom McDonald, who has served as the Optic’s editor and publisher for more than eight years, has announced plans to resign to start his own business.

    The resignation is tentatively effective in mid-March. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic’s parent company, has announced that Optic managing editor Martin Salazar will take over as interim general manager and editor upon McDonald’s departure until a permanent replacement for McDonald is selected.

    The newspaper’s staff was told of the resignation Monday afternoon.

  • Another term - Highlands regent re-appointed

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov. Susana Martinez has nominated Leveo Sanchez to another term on the Highlands University Board of Regents, and she has selected Michael Martinez to serve as student regent, the university announced last week.

    The nominations are subject to confirmation by the state Senate, Highlands President Jim Fries said in an email to the university’s students, faculty and staff. Sanchez’s current appointment will continue until then and Martinez will start his term once he is confirmed.