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Today's News

  • Lady Dons: Lujan champs!

    For the first time in Jose “Majic” Medina’s eight-year run as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach, the Lady Dons are Ben Lujan Invitational champs.

    West (8-1) downed Taos  61-45 in the championship game of the tournament on Wednesday night in Jacona.

    Briana Montaño (17 points) led the Lady Dons in scoring for the second time in the three-day event.

    But as has been the case this year, it was another team effort.

    “The girls hustled out there,” Medina said. “They played real well.

  • Stu starts Tues.

    Holiday hoops — in the form of the 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament — is set to tip off Tuesday in Las Vegas.

    First session of the tourney (1 p.m.) features two Albuquerque teams in a rematch of one of last year’s more entertaining Stu Clark contests when St. Pius X faces West Mesa. The second game pits a Stu newcomer, Albuquerque’s Atrisco Heritage, against a veteran of the tournament, Bernalillo.

  • Martinez, Martinez all-state

    Daniel Martinez made plenty of statements by making big plays on both sides of the ball for the Robertson football team this past season.

    Keen Martinez often added the punctuation to those statements.

    Daniel Martinez, a senior quarterback and outside linebacker for the Cardinals, was named to the first team all-state football team for Class 3A. So did fellow senior Keen Martinez (no relation), the Redbirds’ placekicker.

    Honors are bestowed by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

  • Wrestlers strike at Rattler Open

    Folks in Tucumcari may still be talking about the storm that blew into town last week.

    Not the snow, either, but the blizzard of Las Vegas wrestlers who stole the show in Tucumcari’s Rattler Open on Saturday.

    Seven Meadow City grapplers — six from Robertson, one from West Las Vegas — captured titles in the tournament.

    Robertson’s Dominic Lucero (112 lbs.), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Johnathan Lucero (152), Daniel Martinez (160) and Mathew Gurule (189) all won their weight classes.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    LET’S HOPE HE’S RIGHT. West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova took a popular position recently, saying that he didn’t want to close any of the schools on the west side. Here’s hoping that he can pull it off.

  • Noticias-Dec. 24, 2010

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


    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 24, 2010

    FRIDAY
    VIERNES

    • Santa Claus visits the Tecolote Fire Department starting at 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 24.

    • San Miguel County offices will be closedon Friday, Dec. 24 and on Monday, Dec. 27 and will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 28. In obervance of New Years the offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 and will reopen on Monday. Jan. 3.

    SUNDAY
    DOMINGO

  • Wind farm setback a half mile

    Wind turbines can be as close as a half mile from a home under San Miguel County’s new law on wind farms.

    Dismaying many in the audience of more than 50 people, the commission on Monday rejected a three-mile setback for turbines that a county task force had proposed.

    That was the biggest issue in the task force’s proposed wind ordinance.

    Commissioner Nicolas Leger proposed cutting the setback to a half mile between wind farms and homes, churches, businesses and schools. The commission quickly approved his proposal, without any discussion.

  • Mentor of the Month: Overseeing federal programs

    Elaine Martinez-Gonzalez looks after the West Las Vegas school district’s programs that provide about $1 million for tutoring and additional instruction for kids and teachers.

    “The little bit of extra attention and little bit of extra time you put in with students does help them. It helps them a lot,” Martinez-Gonzalez said. 

  • Budget ax ‘taking toll’ at state hospital

    The state hospital, Las Vegas’ largest employer, has taken a big hit from state budget cuts over the last two years.

    The hospital — known formally as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute — now has 855 employees, down from 938 more than two years ago, said Troy Jones, the hospital’s administrator. That’s a drop of nearly 9 percent.