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Today's News

  • Sorenson, Hazelrigg are club champs

    Al Sorenson picked up lucky No. 7. And Elaine Hazelrigg won in a photo finish.

    Sorenson and Hazelrigg captured the individual men’s and women’s club championships on Aug. 22 at Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    “The ladies’ race was very close with Denise Franken and Lou Fox offering a big challenge to Elaine,” wrote Pendaries golf pro Larry Webb. “This was Al’s seventh out of the last nine club championships. That is an unprecedented accomplishment.”

  • West worker gets driving rights back

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    The West Las Vegas school district has restored the driving privileges for an employee who totaled a district vehicle last year.

    In April, John J. Roybal, 41, West’s head mechanic, pleaded guilty to careless driving and failing to maintain his lane of traffic. In return, the state dropped a DWI charge against him.

    After the crash occurred in August in Moriarty, the district removed Roybal’s driving privileges. That was to apply until June 30.

  • Union, what's your secret?

    Those interested in our schools often focus on the win-loss records of the West Las Vegas and Robertson football teams. But we’d like to offer two numbers that are much more important for our community’s future — 72 and 76.

    The first number is the percentage of students at Union Elementary School who are deemed proficient in math. The second one is the percent who are proficient in reading.

  • ‘Pokes open Thursday

    Looking to break through in the win column this fall — and erase the taste of 2009’s 1-10 campaign — the New Mexico Highlands University football team kicks off its season at 7 p.m. Thursday when Midwestern State comes to Perkins Stadium.

    In last year’s season opener, Midwestern State toppled Highlands 41-0 in a non-conference game and wound up capturing the Lone Star Conference’s South Division title.

  • Man's body recovered at Storrie Lake

    Las Vegas Optic

    A state police dive team last week recovered the body of a 45-year-old man who drowned in Storrie Lake.

    Authorities haven’t released his name yet.

    State police Lt. Eric Garcia said three people were “messing around” in a boat Thursday evening when they ran out of gas. So a man in the boat started swimming to the shoreline but reportedly didn’t make it, he said.

  • Calendar

    TODAY

    • Story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the children area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Harvest Time,” and the book will be “The Little Red Hen” by Timothy S. Donehoo. The craft will be a handprint hen. The programs are open to the public.

    THURSDAY

  • Good start for RHS, WLV runners

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Meadow City’s usual suspects were near the front of the pack this past Saturday in the Española cross country invitational.

    Robertson’s Kaitlyn Hutchinson and Brian Maestas came away with dual third-place medals to lead their respective squads in the girls’ and boys’ races. Meanwhile, West Las Vegas’ Jordan Lopez was eighth and Amanda Ortzow 13th to pace the harriers in green and gold.

  • Cops use rare type of warrant

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    Last year, local authorities got an “anticipatory search warrant” to go through a suspect’s car for drugs.

    It’s a rarely issued type of warrant — the constitutionality of which New Mexico courts haven’t specifically addressed.

    Such warrants are issued when officers have convinced a judge that they have probable cause to believe that there will be certain evidence at a specific place at a future time.

  • Officials say they learned lessons

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    San Miguel County officials say they have learned some lessons from the task force that produced a proposed ordinance regulating wind farms.

    They spoke during the first meeting of the oil and gas task force, which is expected to draft an ordinance for energy production in the county.

    County Manager Les Montoya said he hopes the new task force will focus on its members.

  • Lady Cards getting chances

    The stingy defense and effective ball control that Robertson girls’ soccer coach Ray Parks wants to see from his club has been in full effect thus far this season.

    As for the improved offense and goal totals?

    “It’s getting there.”

    The Lady Cardinals, also known by their moniker “Beastie Girls,” lost Saturday’s season opener at Portales 3-0, then cruised to a 3-0 win Monday over visiting Monte del Sol.

    Playing in its fourth game, Portales outshot Robertson 13-8, mostly in the first half.