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Today's News

  • Noticias - Nov. 18, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • Let’s solidify requirements

    Five years after state lawmakers passed legislation that mandates graduation standards for high school students, there’s still confusion about exactly what the new standards are.

    Indeed, superintendents from around the state worry that the changes could prevent thousands of students from graduating, according to The Associated Press. The concerns have prompted the state Public Education Department to delay enforcement of the new rules, allowing school district’s to come up with their own graduation requirements for the current school year.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 18, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Fund schools adequately

    By Felix Alderete

    For the Optic

  • All together now

    At least for one memorable weekend, Mary Bustos accomplished what many before her have tried with little success: bringing the entire Las Vegas community together as one.

    As the late coach’s West Las Vegas Lady Dons soldiered bravely onward in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament without her on the sidelines, an outpouring of support from throughout the city and all across the state rose to greet them.

  • Mustangs toss Cowboys

    Five Cowboy turnovers took the team’s prolific offense off the field, and Western New Mexico took the Warrior Helmet off their mantle.

    WNMU conquered New Mexico Highlands 43-14 on Saturday afternoon in Silver City, bringing a close to the 2013 schedule for both instate rivals.

    The Cowboys finished a disappointing campaign with an eighth consecutive loss to follow a solid 2-1 start. NMHU is 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Hawks drop NMHU

    Darian Mullen slammed 22 kills in 47 attacks and staked her New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls to a tough 26-24 win in game one, but the team could not sustain the momentum in a 3-2 loss Friday night at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

    NMHU was 12-16 overall and 6-12 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play going into a Saturday match at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction.

    Fort Lewis improved its postseason chances at 9-17 overall and 9-9 in league.

  • Cardinals rumble past Portales

    There’s a reason they call the playoffs the second season. It’s a chance for all regular-season results to be tossed out the window and for championship dreams — at least for those who make it to the postseason — to begin anew.

    Portales found that out firsthand Friday night, getting eliminated by visiting Robertson 36-0 in the Class 3A football bracket’s first round.

    RHS coach Leroy Gonzalez went with a successful formula, running the ball plenty and playing more disciplined defense, producing several key turnovers.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 18, 2013

    Monday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men at California Baptist, 7 p.m., Riverside, Calif.
    • Memorial Middle School girls at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLV

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Valley Gym
    Wrestling
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School at Los Alamos Quad, 3 p.m., Los Alamos

  • Vegas mourns beloved coach

    By Mercy López and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Those who knew Mary Bustos say there was just something about her that left a good feeling in the hearts of those she met.