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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 6, 2013

     

  • Work of Art - Double axels, double features

    Two things that generate a lot of nostalgia have been in the news lately: The prospect of bringing back the skating pond at Montezuma and the possibility of Las Vegas’ soon being without a drive-in theater.
    First the skating pond. It’s hard to pinpoint the year people stopped using the rink, located next to a steep cliff just beyond the community of Montezuma.

  • Augustus French’s block party continues

    Do you have a fear of rejection?
    Then don’t bring that weak stuff when you’re driving the basketball against Augustus “Auggie” French.
    The 6-foot-7 New Mexico Highlands sophomore has been putting the “power” in power forward this season with his defensive prowess.
    He blocked eight shots over the weekend in games at Colorado State-Pueblo and UC-Colorado Springs. On Jan. 18, he shattered a league record by swatting 12 shots in one game against Chadron State.

  • Rico leads RHS effort

    A methodical performance in the 120-pound championship match resulted in a major decision for Robertson’s Rico Montoya against Los Lunas’ Ricardo Alvarado on Saturday afternoon.
    The win, Robertson’s only title in the Cardinal Classic’s Gold bracket, helped stake RHS to an eighth-place team finish in the field of nearly two dozen schools.

  • Mora girls rout Monte

    Monte del Sol was no match for the Mora Rangerettes this past Saturday evening.
    Mora steamrolled through their District 4-2A foe 61-18 to improve to 18-2 overall.
    Again, a fast start provided the Rangerettes ample breathing room; they sprinted to a 20-2 spread after the first eight minutes, and it was 37-9 at halftime. It was 52-14 at the end of three periods.
    Destiny Pacheco scored a game-high 17 points and also sparked the defense with seven steals. Chantel Rivera filled the stat sheet with 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

  • NMHU softball, LCC baseball make debuts

    Lynnsey Johnson smacked a two-run double with two outs in the top of the seventh, plating the tying and winning runs in New Mexico Highlands’ 13-12 victory over Southwest Oklahoma State on Sunday.
    Cowgirl pitcher Jessica Brink then held SWOSU to one hit and no runs in the bottom half of the inning, securing the win — and a weekend split of four games.
    The season-opening series was played in Weatherford, Okla.
    NMHU dropped the first two games on Saturday, 4-2 and 7-2.

  • Super Bowl: No. 3 all-time broadcast

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — With a partial power outage, an overly excited quarterback and a game that suddenly turned from snoozer to sizzler, CBS had its hands full at the Super Bowl. The game fell short of setting a viewership record, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.

  • Cowgirls hope for home boost

    Three of the four NMHU women’s basketball wins this season have come at the Wilson Complex. Coach Tiffany Darling and company hope to get a boost from their return to their home gym.

    The Cowgirls lost both games on the road swing through southern Colorado over the weekend.

    After falling 61-36 Friday evening at Colorado State-Pueblo, they came up short in a 74-53 loss Saturday at UC-Colorado Springs —one of the best teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at 15-4 overall and 12-3 in league play.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 6, 2013

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar CC (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Eastern Arizona CC (DH), noon, Thatcher, Ariz.

  • Breaking: Salazar, Ortiz take East board seats

    The results of the Las Vegas City Schools Board races are in, and Ernesto Salazar has been re-elected for the Position 1 board seat.

    In the Position 5 race, Highlands professor Luis Ortiz prevailed, besting candidates Alexis Mamaux and Carlos Perea.

    Voters also approved bonds for both the East and West districts as well as West's 2-mill levy.

    Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic for complete coverage of area school board elections.