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  • Feds announce $40M for forest restoration

    By Jeff Barnard
    AP Environmental Writer

  • Striking a balance

    When it comes to filming in Las Vegas, there are a couple of interests to consider. One is what the movie-makers bring to town when they decide to shoot “on location” here. The crews can be enormous, and when they decide to stay here — eating at local establishments and sleeping in local accommodations — the monetary benefit for Las Vegas is significant.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 6, 2012
  • Editor's Note: The water board forums

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board held two candidate forums last week to exclusively address — you guessed it — water issues.

    They did so for good reason. The city’s water system has long been a No. 1 concern because of what could happen and what’s already happening.

    What could happen is a wildfire, an earthquake or a prolonged drought. Since 90 percent of our water system comes out of the Gallinas River, ash from a major fire in the canyon could make it too polluted to use.

  • Never a dull moment in rivalry

    After their sons got involved in a physical skirmish on the court Saturday night, Robertson head coach David Bustos and his West Las Vegas counterpart Ernie Rodriguez exchanged words and had to be separated, highlighting the first East-West boys’ basketball clash of the year.

    Robertson, which got 17 points apiece from Antonio Arguello, Justin Bustos and Ryan Tafoya, ended up grabbing an 80-60 victory before a near-capacity crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym. The Cardinals, currently ranked fifth in Class 3A, moved to 2-0 in District 2-3A while the Dons fell to 0-2.

  • Four Lady Cards score in doubles

    Jamie Allen scored 18 points to lead four Lady Cardinals in double figures as Robertson ran away with a 78-45 victory over crosstown rival West Las Vegas Friday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    As would be the case in the East-West boys’ game the following evening across the Gallinas River, Friday’s game was tough and physical and loaded with effort from both sides. Allen notably labored for every inside basket, her path to the hoop encumbered with Lady Don defenders.

  • Road losses drop Cowboys to seventh

    A sluggish start to Saturday night’s game for New Mexico Highlands, coupled with dual 19-point efforts from Fort Lewis’ Matt Billups and Matt Morris, spelled doom for the Cowboys in Durango, Colo.

    Fort Lewis won 87-70 in a game that pushed the host Skyhawks ahead of Highlands in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings with four weeks remaining in the regular season. Fort Lewis is 11-9 overall and 9-7 in the RMAC, while NMHU is 10-11 and 8-9 — part of a three-way tie for seventh place in the 14-team league.

  • Nationally ranked FLC overwhelms Cowgirls

    Submitted to the Optic

    DURANGO, Colo. — The seventh-ranked Fort Lewis women’s basketball team (18-2, 15-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) opened up a 20-0 lead en route to a 96-56 win over New Mexico Highlands (11-10, 7-10) Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium.

    “It was almost the difference to the game right from the very beginning,” said seventh-year FLC head coach Mark Kellogg, whose team didn’t allow the Cowgirls to score in the first 7:28.

  • Rangerettes lose a second time

    Peñasco became just the second team this season to defeat the Mora Rangerettes, holding on for a 53-48 win Friday night to take over first place in District 2-2A.

    Looming large in the game was the Lady Panthers’ might inside the paint.

    “We struggled with Peñasco’s bigs,” said Mora head coach Mark Cassidy. “We did not shoot well at all. Their bigs intimidated us inside, and our outside game was off.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 6, 2012

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys at Tucumcari (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Plainview, Texas

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls at Tucumcari (A,B), 2:30 p.m., Tucumcari
    • West Las Vegas boys at Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Taos
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), 1 p.m., Lamar, Colo.