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Today's News

  • LV spikers score solid early victories

    Back-to-back service aces by Jenika Padilla put an exclamation mark on West Las Vegas’ decisive 3-1 volleyball win over St. Michael’s on Tuesday evening at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    It was a good night across the board for Meadow City spikers. Up Highway 518 at Montoya Gym, the Robertson Lady Cardinals found a way to defeat the always tough Mora Rangerettes in a 3-2 nailbiter.

    West Las Vegas 3, St. Mike’s 1

  • Football: Cowboys to visit Hounds

    After posting one of its best records in years, the New Mexico Highlands University football team is looking for more where that came from.

    And it all begins Saturday night at Blackwater Draw and Greyhounds Stadium, where  Eastern New Mexico awaits in the season opener for both schools. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

    Eastern finished 3-7 overall and 2-6 in the Lone Star Conference last season.

    The Cowboys went 8-3 overall and 7-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The first win was a 42-14 tally against the Hounds at Perkins Stadium.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 6, 2013

    FISHING REPORT, Sept. 3
    Charette Lakes: Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here and with some difficulty. We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 27 cfs. Trout fishing was good using zebra midges, Cimarron specials, stimulators, elk hair caddis, brassies, worms and salmon eggs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair to good using salmon eggs, worms and Pistol Petes.  

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 6, 2013

    Friday
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Lovington, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Española Valley, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene, 2 and 6 p.m., Wichita Falls, Texas
    • Pecos at Tucumcari tourney, TBA, Tucumcari
    • Robertson (C) vs. Wagon Mound, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) at Lovington, 5 p.m., Lovington
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Valley, 5 p.m., WLV

    Saturday

  • Draft drilling law to be reviewed

    San Miguel County commissioners in April asked their Los Angeles-based consultant to come up with a draft ordinance that imposes strict rules for oil and gas extraction in the county. They got what they asked for.

    The latest draft of the county’s oil and gas ordinance is 111 pages and sets out a laundry list of things that the industry must do before any drilling can be done in San Miguel County.

    Among the provisions contained in the draft ordinance:

  • Whooping cough cases remain high

    The Associated Press

    Whooping cough has sickened more than 300 people in New Mexico this year, a drop from last year’s record pace, but still a high enough rate that state health officials have expressed concern.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that so far this year 343 people have had pertussis. The New Mexico Department of Health says the bacterial illness has hospitalized 17 New Mexicans, including 11 infants. No pertussis deaths have been reported.

    Whooping cough had sickened 519 New Mexicans through Aug. 28, last year.

  • After the fires - ‘It could have been a lot worse’

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    Anglers returning to the recently reopened Pecos River will find far fewer places to camp and fish as well as fewer trout to catch in the wake of two devastating forest fires earlier this summer.

    “But it could have been a whole lot worse,” said Richard Hansen, Cold Water Fisheries biologist for the state Department of Game and Fish while inspecting the river at the department’s Mora recreation area recently. “The upper canyon is in pretty good shape so we’re stocking here again.”

  • Welcome rain
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 4, 2013

    The Associated Press
    Court overrules precedent
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to confront and question witnesses providing testimony against them at pretrial hearings.
    The state Supreme Court’s decision overruled a legal precedent on the question set by the justices in 1969.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 4, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Sept. 3 — Local hopefuls turned out on the first day of practice of the Highlands University Cowboys. They are Albert LeFebre, former West Las Vegas tackle; Emilio Aragon, former Dons’ end; Eddie Valdez, West Las Vegas All-State guard; Jake Vasquez, former tackle for Robertson High School, George Esquibel, blocking back for the Dons; Phil; Sperry, Robertson halfback, Manny Montano, who has been a Cowboy team member for two seasons and who played for Robertson High; and Sammy Blea of St. Gertrude’s of Mora.