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  • Que Pasa - Jan. 28, 2013

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Substitute Groundhog“ by Pat Miller. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES
    • The West Las Vegas High School Class of 2003 will have a 10-year reunion planing meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Rye Lounge. For more information call Francisco Sanchez at 429-4437 or Elizabeth Garcia at 718-9117.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Noticias - Jan. 28, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Shame on the EPA

    Did you catch the Associated Press story out of Weatherford, Texas, on Page 2 of our Jan. 21 edition? It’s a frightening story for anyone who lives near a hydraulic fracturing operation, partly because of the potential contamination to their water supply, but also because it suggests that you can’t trust the government to stand firm and do its job even when the health and safety of your family is at stake.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 28, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Coming down the Gallinas

    If you’ve never attended one of the quarterly Gallinas Partnership meetings at Highlands University, I encourage you to do so. I attended my first one a couple of Fridays back — admittedly because I was on the agenda — and found it interesting and educational.

    About 50 people showed up for this particular meeting, which included four sets of speakers beginning with wildlife officials Rob Larrañaga and Debbie Pike talking about the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge east of town and the relatively new Rio Mora refuge in Mora County.

  • Too close for comfort

    Celeste Trujillo hit two game-tying free throws with nine seconds left, and teammate Deanna Bustos swished the game-winners with :02 on the clock Friday night, lifting West Las Vegas (14-5) past Raton 54-52 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    As time expired, Raton’s Brylee Medina hurled a desperation shot that just missed, banking off the rim.

    By holding off the Lady Tigers, West averted what could’ve been a disastrous loss in District 2-3A play. The Lady Dons also found a way to gain a happy ending to a generally miserable contest for them.

  • Dons bomb Raton in 44-point rout

    Twelve West Las Vegas players got into the scorebook Thursday night and the Dons began their District 2-3A campaign by doubling up Raton 82-38 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West (6-13) was on pace to score 100, but the mercy-rule running clock — triggered when the lead hits 35 — made for a quick second half.

    The spread hit 63-28 midway through the third quarter after a Mike Ortiz three-pointer and stayed in 35-plus territory after a Martin Castellano three-ball moments later.

  • Highlands pentathlete makes strong return

    Less than a year after a season-ending injury and subsequent surgery, New Mexico Highlands’ Danisha Phipps opened the 2013 indoor track and field season with a personal record of 3,337 points in Thursday’s Air Force meet in Colorado Springs.

    Phipps’ point total placed her fourth out of 35 — a field of mostly Division I athletes — and moved her into the top 10 nationally among Division II pentathletes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 28, 2013

    Monday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS gym
    • Mora Middle School boys vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos (RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 25)
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., MMS gym

    Wednesday
    Basketball

  • Rangerettes close out Clayton

    Sinking nine of 10 free throws in the final period, Mora beat Clayton 42-25 Friday in girls’ basketball, improving to 14-2.

    Mora got 16 points from Chantel Rivera and 15 from Destiny Pacheco and seven from Gerdy Herrera.

    The Yellow Jackets led 17-16 at half, but Mora held them to two points in the third quarter.