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  • Eliminate the College

    Understand that this is being written before Tuesday’s election results, so we don’t know the outcome at the time of this writing. For all we know, one of them could have won the popular vote but not enough electoral votes, making his opponent the victor in a bifurcated election. It happens — see the 2000 election, when Al Gore won the popular vote and George W. Bush won the Electoral College.

    That’s what we want to write about on this day-after day — that antiquated relic of an 18th century solution called the Electoral College. We’d like to see it dissolved.

  • Work of Art - You’ll get a whole dollar

    As part of a let’s-be-friendly gesture, I once asked my then-next-door neighbor, James, if he’d help me unload some lumber from my pickup.

    I’d bought several pieces of wood to shore up our fence, and as I noticed him sipping Sun Tea on his porch, I sweetened the offer:

    “And if you help me, I’ll give you a whole dollar.”

    “A whole dollar?” James asked. “How about if I give you a whole dollar to leave me alone?” That’s how neighbors in Camp Luna get along. By the way, he did help me unload — a three-minute job — but refused my magnanimous whole dollar offer.

  • Lobos handle Highlands in Pit

    Despite three Cowboys in double-digit scoring, New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team was no match for host University of New Mexico on Monday night in The Pit.

    The Lobos never trailed and led by as many as 28 points in taking the exhibition game 92-70 over their Division II cousins from up I-25.

    Foul trouble was a significant disparity Monday. The Cowboys were whistled for 33 compared to the Lobos’ 16. UNM made 35 of 48 free throws, while Highlands attempted just nine, making four.

  • Lady Cards stuff Taos

    After dropping the opening set in disappointing fashion — namely, watching an eight-point cushion vanish against Taos — the Robertson volleyball team found the resolve necessary to win the next three in Monday night’s District 2-3A tournament opener.

    As a result, the Lady Cardinals will get a fourth shot at crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Wednesday evening, this time with postseason aspirations on the line.

    The first game starts at 7 p.m. at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • No home cooking for Big 12 teams

    The Associated Press

    NORMAN, Okla. — There’s proving to be no home-field advantage in the Big 12 this season.

    Road teams are on track to have a winning record for the first time in the conference’s history, taking 16 of 27 games so far this year for a .593 winning percentage. That’s almost an exact reversal of the historical trend, with home teams winning at a .594 clip over the league’s first 16 years.

  • Pecos boys win 2-2A team title

    Sporting one of the deepest lineups in the state, the Pecos boys’ cross country team had little trouble corralling the team championship in Friday’s District 2-2A meet held in Pojoaque.

    Also of no surprise was an individual title for Mora’s Alonzo Chavez, who now turns his sights on repeating as state champion.

    The Panthers compiled 47 team points to beat Santa Fe Prep (55) and Mora (57). All three boys’ teams qualify for state.

  • ‘Beasties’ begin state quest on Thursday

    Robertson will have a chance to redeem itself from one of just two regular-season losses on the girls’ soccer pitch this fall.

    In order to make it to the Final Four in the Class 1A-3A state tournament, the Lady Cardinals (18-2) will have to get that redemption.

    Fifth-seeded Socorro, the only team in the classification to have beaten fourth-seeded Robertson, defeated Bloomfield 5-0 this past weekend in the tourney’s opening round. That sets up a quarterfinal confrontation between the Lady Warriors (18-3) and RHS, which had the weekend off as one of the top four seeds in the bracket.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 7, 2012

    Wednesday
    Volleyball
    • District 2-3A tournament: West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • District 4-2A tournament, teams, times and sites TBA

    Thursday
    Soccer
    • Class 1A-3A state tournament: Robertson girls vs. Socorro-Bloomfield winner, 8:30 a.m., APS Soccer Complex, Albuquerque
    Volleyball
    • District 4-2A tournament, teams, times and sites TBA

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men at Lubbock Christian, 7 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    • NMHU women at St. Edward’s, 5:30 p.m., Austin, Texas
    Football
    • Vegas Bowl: West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 3 p.m., Herrera Complex
    Soccer

  • East, West lost students

    Enrollment has dropped at both West Las Vegas School District and Las Vegas City Schools, with the two districts having a combined 68 fewer students than this time last year.

    The biggest drop occurred at West, which has 59 fewer students this year. East has nine fewer students. The figures are based on the 40th day counts each district compiled.

    The drops might be linked to the decline in the area population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, San Miguel County’s population dropped to 29,393 from 30,126 in 2000 – a decline of 733 people.

  • Final push - High number of votes already cast

    Candidates and political action committees are bombarding the airwaves with nasty ads in a last-ditch effort to convince undecided voters who they should cast their ballots for, but the end is in sight.

    Early voting ended Saturday. San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera said 5,339 people have already voted early or absentee. Rivera called it a high number, saying she believes it’s many more than were cast during the primary.

    Tuesday is Election day for several key national, state and area races and ballot issues. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.