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Today's News

  • Final play sinks Redbirds

    James Thornton scored five points in the final minute — including an old-fashioned three-point play with 10 seconds remaining — to lift Socorro past No. 4 Robertson 49-48 on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Cardinals, playing in their home gym for the first time this season, found themselves playing catch-up throughout, thanks to a first-half barrage of three-point baskets by Warrior guards Zach Esquivel and Jared Marquez.

    Socorro led 22-15 through one period after going up by as much as nine.

  • No. 3 FLC grounds Cowgirls

    Highlands hung in there a while, playing close with the undefeated, No. 3 nationally ranked Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team for most of the first half Friday evening in Durango, Colo.

    Then the Skyhawk women (13-0, 8-0) took flight in doubling their visitors up 66-33.
    NMHU (5-11, 2-8) led twice, 2-0 and 4-3, and as late as the 5:58 mark in the first half, the Cowgirls trailed by a mere single-digit margin. China Smith’s fast break layup made it a 20-14 game with 7:27 to go before halftime.

  • Lady Cards win one for Pete

    It probably wasn’t easy for the Robertson girls’ basketball team to play on Saturday night.

    That day, Pete Garcia — a longtime Las Vegas City Schools technician, Cardinal supporter and father to Lady Cardinal senior Marka Garcia — succumbed to his battle with cancer.

    Coach Aunna Bradley said he’d accompanied the team on the road trip to No. 1 Lovington.

    Heavy hearts and all, Robertson went on to a stirring 33-31 upset victory.

  • Rangers nip Panthers for NRG title

    Tim Romero led Mora with 22 points as the Rangers narrowly defeated Pecos 52-48 on Saturday in the Northern Rio Grande Tournament championship game.

    The final, held at Pojoaque High’s Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona, was a rematch of the teams’ meeting in last week’s Tri-City tournament championship.

    But in that contest, Mora manhandled Pecos 84-45. Saturday, Pecos stayed in striking distance and trailed 30-20 at halftime.

  • Cleaning up this town

    Joe Aragon Jr. and his son Joe Aragon III are justified in their frustration with the city’s solid waste transfer station. It’s unnecessarily messy, with trash blowing all over the place on a regular basis. So when they complain to city officials that they regularly have to pick up the city’s trash on their neighboring property, it’s believable. And when they say it’s not just a transfer station, that it’s a dump and a junkyard to boot, no one can really argue with them.

  • Publisher’s Note: Candidate forums

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño called last week, relaying a concern he heard about the upcoming school board candidate forums. He wondered if the east-side forum might be skewed in favor of two candidates in particular — Felix Alderete and Ricky Serna — since they are members of the Community Committee for Better Schools.

    That committee is co-sponsoring both forums — for West’s candidates on Jan. 18 and for East’s on Jan. 20 — along with the Optic.

  • City annexes transfer station

    Despite a pair of complaints about its condition and a no-support statement from the state Department of Transportation, the Las Vegas City Council voted Wednesday to annex the city’s solid waste transfer station and adjoining rights-of-way.

  • Above and Beyond: A top-notch student-athlete

    Megan Martinez was awarded the Christopher Montalvo Sportsmanship Trophy at a recent basketball tournament in Pojoaque Valley’s Ben Lujan Gymnasium after the Lady Dons beat Taos 61-46 in the championship game.

    The parents of Christopher, who loved and excelled in the game of basketball, sat in the stands each year watching every game of the tournament. They are looking for that special person that best represents their son’s passion and love for the game.

  • Kids express hopes, dreams for new year

    As the first week of 2011 ends, most people are back to work. The Polar Bears have had their chill and have thawed out, and most are looking to the New Year with the hope of a better tomorrow.

    As the Optic found, Paul D. Henry and Union elementary students join the world in their hopes and dreams for a better future and a better world.    

    Paul D. Henry fifth-grader R.J. Ortiz thinks the world would be a better place if only the lunch menu would get better.

  • Nuestra Historia - Our beginning

    Every Monday morning since January 2010, I have recounted the history of Las Vegas and San Miguel County over the airwaves of KFUN/KLVF. Tom McDonald has now invited me to do the same thing in a weekly column for the Optic, and we begin that journey today. This column is the first in what we hope will be a long-running series bringing to life the history of our area.