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Today's News

  • Work of Art - Is ‘Chula’ a centurian?

    The response to last week’s Work of Art, in which I planned and planted misuses of the English language, was great. The reaction ranged from the concern that your resident Language Cop somehow had “lost it” to a let’s-do-it-again attitude.

    A half dozen readers either e-mailed or dropped off their responses, and one person went even farther, finding a stray question mark in my column and catching me on my capitalizing a word that shouldn’t have been.

  • Rangers shooting for district title

    With just one game remaining in the regular season, the Mora Rangers (21-3 overall and ranked fourth in Class 2A boys’ basketball) are riding high, looking to clinch the District 2-2A championship and hosting rights for the district tourney next week.

    Head coach James Branch dedicated this past Friday’s 53-51 win over Santa Fe Prep to the late Fabian Trujillo, Branch’s friend and teammate when both attended New Mexico Highlands University in the early ‘80s.

  • Yara, Yara, Yara
  • Romero hits 1,500th point

    By her standards it was a quiet night.

    But by scoring nine points in Mora’s 65-20 demolition of Monte del Sol on Monday night, Andrea Romero joined the elite club of Rangerettes who have amassed 1,500 career points.

    That club includes just two other players — all-time leader Anita Vigil (2,208) and Patricia Vigil (1,536) — said Mora coach Mark Cassidy.

    Romero is averaging 17.7 points a game this season. “Andrea thanks her many teammates she has played with in the four years she has worn a Mora uniform,” Cassidy said.

  • Luna teams stay on the road

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College Rough Riders baseball team lost four games over the weekend to Eastern Arizona. The scores were 2-0, 5-1, 6-4 and 6-5.

    The Rough Riders are 1-11 on the year. Their first win, a 10-4 verdict over Frank Phillips College, came Jan. 27 in Borger, Texas.

    The team and head coach Antonio Siqueiros will travel to Roswell and take on New Mexico Military Institute in two doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Games start at noon on both days.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 15, 2012

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. West Las Vegas (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling
    • State tournaments, TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at University of the Southwest and Eastern New Mexico, TBA, Hobbs
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Regis, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • West regains fiscal authority

    Nearly six years after the state Public Education Department yanked fiscal authority from the West Las Vegas School District because of questionable spending,  the department is returning it.

    Paul Aguilar, the education department’s deputy secretary of finance and operations delivered the news during Thursday evening’s school board meeting.

    “This is an important milestone the district has taken,” Aguilar said.

  • Back in Time
  • City election forums to begin tonight

    Voters will get a chance to hear from candidates running for city office during two upcoming Optic forums.

    The first forum — featuring City Council candidates — will be held tonight, Feb. 13. The Optic’s mayoral forum will be held next Monday.

    Both forums will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Middle School auditorium. They will be moderated by Tom McDonald, the Optic’s editor and publisher.

  • Veterans center extends hours

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas office of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services will now be open every Tuesday and Wednesday beginning this week.

    The office is located at 917 Douglas Avenue. Office hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

    Veterans or their dependents are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment. The phone number during office hours is 454-0068. On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays the number to call is 505-265-1711, Ext. 4626.