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Today's News

  • Cowgirl tracksters rise through RMAC lists

    With the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships three weeks away, 12 NMHU athletes and both indoor relays are ranked in conference scoring positions on the RMAC season list.

    “We are starting to come together as a team that can really score some points at the conference meet,” said head coach Bob DeVries, “The next couple of weeks will be about getting focused on exactly what we need to do at the championships.”

  • Cowboy wrestlers fall to No. 9 Mavericks

    Travis Saxon, Easton Hargrave and Justin Rockhill all took convincing individual wins for the Cowboys, but nationally ranked No. 9 Colorado Mesa spoiled the home finale for Highlands on Wednesday at the Wilson Complex in a 30-11 verdict.

    The Mavericks, who are 19-2 in dual meets, won the first five matches to seize a 21-0 head start Wednesday.

    Saxon broke the Cowboys’ drought by winning a defensive clash over CMU’s Tyler Miles in the 165-pound class.

    Saxon’s takedown late in the first period proved huge in a 4-1 final.

  • Shovel races return to Angel Fire

    Submitted to the Optic

    ANGEL FIRE — A taste of Louisiana is coming to Angel Fire Resort as competitors of all ages are once again waxing up their snow shovels for the legendary Angel Fire Shovel Race Championship happening over Mardi Gras Weekend Friday and Saturday.  

  • Locals excel in 4-H rodeo

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past season in 4-H rodeo, two young Las Vegas cowboys took the reins on the competition.

    Sidney Sena and Carlos “Chip” Ortiz both represented the area in the New Mexico 4-H finals in Las Cruces and brought home top honors.

    Sena, a native of Mora, brought home a first place ribbon in calf roping, a second place in breakaway roping, a second in ribbon roping and a second in the All-Around for high points in the season.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 8, 2013

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Eastern Arizona CC (DH), noon, Thatcher, Ariz.
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Taos tourney, TBA, Taos
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar CC (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.
    • NMHU vs. Azusa Pacific and Humboldt State, 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.

    Saturday
    Baseball

  • A Salazar TRIUMPH

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Incumbent Ernesto Salazar and political newcomer Luis Ortiz pulled off victories in Tuesday’s Las Vegas City Schools Board races, marking a potential power shift on the district’s governing body.

    Salazar, 42, trounced opponent Sean Medrano, taking 61 percent of the vote to Medrano’s 39 percent in the hard-fought battle for the Position 1 race. Salazar won a four-year term.

  • Jury in Mathews trial fails to reach verdict

    A two-day jury trial for the area businessman accused of striking his business rival in the head with a two-by-four ended Friday with no verdict.

    Jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to convict or acquit Oren Mathews of aggravated battery, the third-degree felony he is charged with. The jury could have opted to convict on a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery but failed to reach a consensus.

    It’s now up to District Attorney Richard Flores to decide whether to retry or drop the case against Mathews, 48.

  • Center is ‘A gift to the community’

    Fifteen years later, the project has been completed. A large crowd gathered at the Old Town Mission on Monday afternoon to celebrate the completed renovation of the historic building now used by the Rio Gallinas School.

    Constructed in the 1870s, the landmark has wood floors and its walls were constructed with roughly 15,000 adobe bricks. The mission got a complete renovation with most of the work done by volunteers, along with the help of United World College-USA students.

  • In Brief - Local - Feb. 6, 2013

    Police probe
    armed robbery

    Las Vegas police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Payless Shoe Source last week.
    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said two to three males went into the store, located on Mills Avenue, between 5 and 6 p.m. on Thursday and demanded money. The men brandished what appeared to be a firearm.
    The robbers got away with a small amount of cash, Montaño said. No one was injured.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 6, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Feb. 6 — Las Vegas has been asked to have representatives at a meeting to Santa Fe on Feb. 14 to encourage immediate legislation against the bypassing of communities by the major highways in the state. Las Vegas and numerous other communities throughout the state have been concerned over the proposed bypassing of their town. Santa Rosa is attempting to get all of the concerned communities together with their State Senators to come up with the best solution to the bypass threat.