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  • Looking Ahead - News - May 7, 2012


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Hey, Irma! It’s Mother’s Day: by Harriet Ziefert. This week’s theme is Mother’s Day. Free and open to the public.

    • Search and Rescue will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at the Community Center in Pecos. For more information call 454-0551 or 429-2045.

  • Support for USPS bill

    When it comes to preserving the work of the U.S. Postal Service, community newspapers like the Optic have an obvious self-interest. So do Las Vegas, Mora and every other small community with a post office.

    As Washington wrestles with revenue shortfalls at the USPS, thousands of rural post offices have come under threat of closure. Such closures would have a devastating effect on villages and hamlets all across America. Plus, there’s an ongoing debate over whether to end Saturday deliveries, which would only send the Postal Service deeper into financial distress.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 7, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A ‘Hunger Games’ challenge

    If you’ve read “The Hunger Games” — a three-book series written by Suzanne Collins— I dare you to find its deeper meanings.

    If you don’t, or can’t, I think you’re missing something. And if you don’t believe there’s any deeper meaning worth finding, that it’s just written as entertainment, I must wonder if you are being shallow in your literary consumption.

  • Guerin a two-time state champ

    Juliana Guerin proved unstoppable on the tennis court this past week, collecting her second individual state girls’ singles tennis championship in three years.

    The Robertson sophomore did not drop a set in winning three matches this past Thursday to capture the title.

    She opened by knocking off eighth-seeded Emily Walker of Portales, 6-1, 6-0. Walker had survived a tough three-set battle with Hope Christian’s Melissa Rosenthal in the opening round Wednesday night.  

  • Lady Dons romp Socorro

    Marissa Cordova allowed only two baserunners — both on walks — in a no-hit 13-0 shutout of Socorro on Saturday afternoon, and West Las Vegas moved on to the second round of the Class 3A state softball tournament.

    So efficient were the Lady Dons that their game lasted roughly an hour and nearly concluded at the same time as the Robertson-Pojoaque baseball playoff across the street, and that game had started two hours earlier.

    Cordova recorded five strikeouts and gave up no runs and no hits in five innings of work.

  • Cards sweep Elks, advance

    Dominic Yara’s time out of the Robertson batting order Saturday was short-lived.

    “I re-entered him to get a hit, and he came through for us,” said RHS head coach Tony Renon after Yara slapped the game-winning walk-off single in the eighth inning in the Cardinals’ first-round state playoff series against Pojoaque Valley. The Cards, who had dominated the visiting Elks 10-2 on Friday, had to rally from three runs down for an 11-10 extra-inning triumph on Saturday.

    “Great win,” Renon said. “Good senior leadership.”

  • Chavez takes 2 state titles

    A photo finish separated Mora junior Alonzo Chavez and Pecos senior Antonio Varela in the Class 2A boys’ 3,200-meter run, but it was Chavez — kicking forward by five hundredths of a second — who won the state championship on a sunny Saturday at the University of New Mexico track and field complex in Albuquerque.

    It was a meet to remember for Chavez, who also took home a state title in the 1,600-meter run. He edged Dulce senior Graham Thomas by less than a full second to win that event on Friday.

  • 3-year sentence in drug case

    A federal judge has sentenced a 26-year-old Las Vegas man to 37 months in  prison on drug trafficking charges.

    Brian Romero, who states in court documents that he resorted to selling drugs because he was desperate for money to support his son after losing his job, pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of knowingly carrying and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime was dismissed.