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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 28, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Coming down the Gallinas

    If you’ve never attended one of the quarterly Gallinas Partnership meetings at Highlands University, I encourage you to do so. I attended my first one a couple of Fridays back — admittedly because I was on the agenda — and found it interesting and educational.

    About 50 people showed up for this particular meeting, which included four sets of speakers beginning with wildlife officials Rob Larrañaga and Debbie Pike talking about the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge east of town and the relatively new Rio Mora refuge in Mora County.

  • Too close for comfort

    Celeste Trujillo hit two game-tying free throws with nine seconds left, and teammate Deanna Bustos swished the game-winners with :02 on the clock Friday night, lifting West Las Vegas (14-5) past Raton 54-52 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    As time expired, Raton’s Brylee Medina hurled a desperation shot that just missed, banking off the rim.

    By holding off the Lady Tigers, West averted what could’ve been a disastrous loss in District 2-3A play. The Lady Dons also found a way to gain a happy ending to a generally miserable contest for them.

  • Dons bomb Raton in 44-point rout

    Twelve West Las Vegas players got into the scorebook Thursday night and the Dons began their District 2-3A campaign by doubling up Raton 82-38 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West (6-13) was on pace to score 100, but the mercy-rule running clock — triggered when the lead hits 35 — made for a quick second half.

    The spread hit 63-28 midway through the third quarter after a Mike Ortiz three-pointer and stayed in 35-plus territory after a Martin Castellano three-ball moments later.

  • Highlands pentathlete makes strong return

    Less than a year after a season-ending injury and subsequent surgery, New Mexico Highlands’ Danisha Phipps opened the 2013 indoor track and field season with a personal record of 3,337 points in Thursday’s Air Force meet in Colorado Springs.

    Phipps’ point total placed her fourth out of 35 — a field of mostly Division I athletes — and moved her into the top 10 nationally among Division II pentathletes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 28, 2013

    Monday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS gym
    • Mora Middle School boys vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos (RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 25)
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., MMS gym

    Wednesday
    Basketball

  • Rangerettes close out Clayton

    Sinking nine of 10 free throws in the final period, Mora beat Clayton 42-25 Friday in girls’ basketball, improving to 14-2.

    Mora got 16 points from Chantel Rivera and 15 from Destiny Pacheco and seven from Gerdy Herrera.

    The Yellow Jackets led 17-16 at half, but Mora held them to two points in the third quarter.
     

  • Campos gets 1 more year

    The stage was set for a showdown Wednesday night over a proposed two-year contract extension for Luna Community College President Pete Campos.

    But a last-minute compromise avoided that showdown, with the board voting 6-1 to grant Campos a one-year contract extension, meaning that Campos will be at the school’s helm through at least June 30, 2014.

  • Passenger shot during bizarre chase

    State police are continuing to investigate a bizarre incident in Mora County in which a teen sustained a gunshot wound Saturday night as people in two separate vehicles shot at the vehicle she was a passenger in.

    State police Lt. Robert McDonald said Thursday that no suspects had yet been arrested.

    The harrowing ordeal occurred at around 10:45 p.m. Saturday as the teen was on her way back from Taos.

    Near Holman Elementary School, a dark extended cab truck was traveling north as the Green Honda the victim was in was headed south.

  • Senior profile - Betty Quick

    By Lupita P.Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Betty Quick’s surname aptly defines her character — petite, lively, eager, unceremonious, and at least 15 other adjectives embodied by the word, quick. Those who know Betty would probably agree that the name is apt for her. And one further clarification straight from Ms. Quick: “It’s not Elizabeth …  I am Betty!”