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Today's News

  • Vegas Bowl Jr. - Taos shuts out Dons on gridiron

    Except for a backbreaking six-minute span that began in the final minute of the third quarter Friday night, West Las Vegas played Taos quite evenly, showing signs of progress in what has been a trying season.

    That window of time was all it took for the visiting Tigers to pull away, however. Taos is 6-2 and looking to grab the District 2-3A title, and West is 1-7 and wondering how close it could have been.

    Andres Lujan led a good pass rush for the Dons with a couple of sacks, and Frankie Palacio and Joshua Hidalgo also came through with heads-up defensive play.

  • Second half boosts Cards

    All three facets of Robertson’s game were clicking Friday night in the Cardinals’ 30-14 triumph over longtime district rival Raton.

    The Cards’ dynamic duo in the backfield, Dominic Lucero and James Gonzales, each rushed for two touchdowns and combined for more than 200 yards on the ground.

    The RHS defense had young players making a large impact as well.

  • Cowboy hoopsters edge Griffins in debut

    The NMHU Cowboys started their 2012-13 campaign on solid note taking down the Griffins of Westminster College by a final score of 89-85 in front of a raucous crowd in the John A. Wilson Complex on Friday night in their first exhibition game of the season.

    The Cowboys and the Griffins battled throughout the game, trading the lead throughout the first half. The Pokes went into the halftime break leading 47-45.

  • Finish line
  • Crespins earn titles

    Las Vegas’ boxing siblings, Arturo and Amanda Crespin, returned to the Meadow City with a pair of championship belts over the weekend.
    Each strap was earned in a different manner.

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin stopped Jose Cruz Garcia (3-5-1) in the sixth round of their scheduled eight-round match on Saturday night at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. The official ruled a technical knockout in Crespin’s favor at the 2:27 mark in that round.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 29, 2012

    Monday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Southern Utah, 7 p.m., Utah

    Tuesday
    Volleyball
    • Pecos (A,B) vs. Monte del Sol, 5:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Utah Valley State, 7:05 p.m., Utah
    Soccer
    • RMAC tournament begins, teams, pairings, times and sites TBA

    Thursday

  • Championship win for duo

    For team ropers Chris Francis and John Paul Lucero, it all came down to .47 of a second.

    That amount of time is what led the area natives to capture the 2012 Cinch United States Team Roping Championship this past weekend in Oklahoma City.

    By winning the championship the duo walked away with $102,000.

    Francis, who is getting married in two weeks, will be able to start married life on solid financial footing. Lucero plans to use part of his share of the winnings to buy his two sons horses and continue the family tradition.

  • Senior profile - John and Della Gonzales

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A visit to the home of Della and John Gonzales reveals an ordered admixture of creative activity in many venues.

    It’s their home, primarily, but at every turn, it’s an unending adventure in items that deceive the eye. At the entrance, one initially experiences a relatively standard, albeit eloquently unique exterior. A carport neatly frames the free-hand depiction that this is the Gonzales home, but a few steps away the foray into the unexpected begins.

  • Three area legislative seats in play

    Each of the three contested legislative races in San Miguel and Mora counties involves a longtime democratic lawmaker trying to stave off a Republican challenger.

    Election Day is Nov. 6, although early voting is already under way.
    In Senate District 39, Republican banker and rancher Aubrey Dunn, who resides in Mayhill, is challenging Phil Griego, D-San Jose.

    Griego, the CEO of American Surety Title Company, has served in the Legislature for 16 years.

  • Man turns self in for driving drunk

    It’s not often that someone who has gotten behind the wheel after consuming too many alcoholic beverages pulls over at a police station and turns himself in.

    But that’s exactly what Las Vegas police say happened Tuesday afternoon.

    A probable cause statement filed in the case states that Willie Sedillo, 47, of the 2400 block of Sagebrush, drove to the police station near the Plaza, walked in and told a dispatcher that he was intoxicated.