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Today's News

  • Bradley resigns at RHS

    The Aunna Bradley era of Robertson girls’ basketball came to a close Wednesday with Bradley’s resignation from her coaching position.

    Bradley did not elaborate on why she has stepped down, but she confirmed she had submitted her resignation, ending a nearly decade-long run with the Lady Cardinals.

    Robertson’s girls earned multiple state tournament appearances under Bradley’s guidance.

  • Cage fights here Friday night

    Arturo “Tutti” Padilla, who was a multi-sport star at Robertson High in the 1990s, will headline “Vegas Fight Night,” an evening of mixed martial arts Friday at the Night Owl.

    Tickets are $20 general admission, $30 reserved and $50 cage-side; they’ll be sold at the door. For advance ticket information, fans may call 426-6191.

    Doors at the Night Owl will open at 6 p.m., with the first fights starting around 7.

    Padilla is slated to battle Fernando Rivera of Taos in the main event.

  • Lady Dons’ strong start not enough

    Big hits. Solid pitching. Stingy defense.  

    West Las Vegas’ softball team seemingly had all the ingredients for an important win Tuesday at Pojoaque Valley.

    For a while, all those ingredients came together.

    Then, one by one, they dissipated — and the host Elkettes pulled out a 9-8 win to finish a 9-2 rally over the last two and a half innings.

  • Manzano, Bustos on All-Region teams

    New Mexico Highlands standout Thomas Manzano and Vera Jo Bustos — an Adams State star who played her high school ball at West Las Vegas — are among the basketball players honored with selection to the All-Central Region teams for 2011
    Manzano was chosen to the Daktronics All-Central Region (NCAA Division II) second team.

    A junior at NMHU this past season, Manzano led the Cowboys to a 19-8 record and a third straight appearance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout postseason tournament.

  • Wagon Mound’s Romero: Old-school hoops icon

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a series of articles written on old-school athletics by Luna Community College sports performance instructor Henry Sanchez.

    By Henry Sanchez
    Special to the Optic

    It is important to know and remember our past because it reflects where we have been, where we are today and where we are going.

  • Mora County Notebook: Many things have changed in the Mora Valley

    Mora Valley has held onto the old but still has had changes. Strangers may not realize that there have been changes as this beautiful valley still holds onto the historic past but change have had to take place in the last 60 years. Those who were here at that time and before can see the changes that have taken place.

    The beautiful mountains are never changing and the beautiful people are the same as always. They have a love of their home and family and love for their neighbor as in the old days. New people come and find this is a good place to be.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Another Aunt Elvira adventure

    Oh, no! Here I go again —  yet another story about my Aunt Elvira. I must admit it has taken me quite a while (decades to those who might count) to appreciate her and her interest in my welfare.

    My father’s youngest sister was prodded, pushed to get an education. I was just a teenager when she was awarded her Ph.D. in education, with a degree in Greek, no less. She began a teaching job at Wisconsin University, with a branch in Superior.

  • Highlands enrollment flat

    New Mexico Highlands University experienced a slight drop in enrollment on its main campus this spring while enrollment at Luna Community College went up a little, according to census day enrollment figures released by the schools.

    Highlands’ main campus had 2,194 students as of Feb. 4, its census date. That’s a loss of 13 students for the spring semester currently under way compared to spring 2010.

  • West students to compete in D.C.

    A little-known after-school club at West Middle School called Business Professionals of America burst onto the scene five years ago, and its participants have since won state and national attention at competitions in Albuquerque and New York City.

    This year, 30 West Middle School students brought home state titles, and they’re now gearing up to compete at the national level. West High School is sending 10 state champions to nationals. Valley Middle School, which just started its chapter this year, is sending five students.

  • Senate panel passes capital projects bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers are proposing to finance $240 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including $15 million for projects needed for Native American water rights settlements.

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.