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Today's News

  • Noticias - Oct. 21, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps i 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.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Oct. 20, 2013
  • Subpoena goes too far

    An attorney representing the state Department of Health is attempting to get her hands on a Santa Fe Reporter staff writer’s notes.

    Attorney Jennifer Hall served a subpoena on staff writer Joey Peters earlier this month. The subpoena demands that Peters turn over all notes documenting communications between Peters and Bob Ortiz, a former Department of Health employee who is now suing the state for alleged violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act. It also seeks all communications between the two individuals.

  • Another Perspective — Native amphibians in trouble

    By Eric Martin

    Las Vegas Optic

    The USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative released a study this summer that states amphibian populations in the U.S. are declining at a rate of 3.7 percent  a year from the habitats they currently occupy. According to amphibianark.org, 165 is the “estimated number of amphibian species believed to have already gone extinct” and 500 is “the estimated number of amphibian species whose threats cannot be mitigated quickly enough to stave off extinction.”

  • Purple pride (and pain)

    Penalties again stung the  New Mexico Highlands University football team, this time playing a role in a 24-20 loss to Adams State in Saturday night’s homecoming game.

    At 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the Cowboys’ postseason hopes are dashed, although the team had some clear positives Saturday.

    The Highlands offense generated 439 yards, including 339 through the air, and remains a team strength.

  • Vegas represents in Rio Rancho

    The Rio Rancho Cross Country Jamboree is always a red-letter day on the calendar for area runners.

    It’s a huge race that offers the chance to test yourself against many of the best in the state, regardless of classification.

    And it’s on a course you hope to get back to in November, when the state championships are decided.

  • Cards run past Pojo

    Penalty flags galore were flying across the field Friday night in Jacona.

    That was the bad news for the Robertson Cardinals.

    The good news for them is that Dominic Lucero and James Gonzales were doing plenty of flying across the field themselves.

    The Cardinals’ backfield duo combined for more than 300 rushing yards and seven touchdowns to grab the upper hand in a three-hour-and-change 55-39 shootout with Pojoaque Valley.

  • Taos blanks West football

    Unable to sustain any scoring drives in the face of a snarling Taos Tiger defense, the West Las Vegas football team lost its sixth consecutive game Friday night on the road.

    Isaac Gonzales, taking handoffs from Kevin McCarty, was the most consistent thorn in the Dons’ side from an offensive standpoint.

    He scored five rushing touchdowns, including the first one of the night with 5:18 left in the first period. David Ayala’s extra point made it 7-0.

  • Elkettes go 2-0 vs. LV spikers

    The Pojoaque Elkette volleyball team, whose coaching staff features a few faces familiar to Las Vegans, kept rolling toward a District 2-3A crown on Saturday, beating Robertson at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Lady Cardinals (7-8, 1-3) made a serious match of it, though, swiping game two and nearly pushing the third-ranked Elkettes to a fifth game.

    “I was beyond happy with the way the girls played,” said RHS head coach Judith Trujillo. “They really stepped up. Nobody in our district had taken a (game) from Pojoaque, and we almost took them to five.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 21, 2013

    Monday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys at Portales, 4 p.m., Portales
    • Robertson girls vs Portales, 3 p.m., RHS
    Volleyball
    • Mora (A,B) at Monte del Sol, 6 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., TBA
    Wednesday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    Cross country
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Santa Rosa, 3 p.m., Santa Rosa
    Football