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Today's News

  • Cardinals to host Rams in opener

    Robertson is back in the Class 3A state football playoffs.

    The Cardinals on Sunday learned they will be the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Portales with a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 students and seniors; only cash will be accepted on site.

    The Cardinals, who went unbeaten in the District 2-3A portion of their schedule, are 6-4 overall coming off this past Friday’s 42-26 triumph over West Las Vegas in the annual Vegas Bowl.

  • Rangers run 4th in state XC meet

    Mora’s boys’ cross country team hit the accelerator at the right time.
    And the finish line paid off with the best individual and team results ever.

    The Rangers, who finished second to archrival Pecos in the District 2-2A meet one week earlier, defeated the Panthers — and all but three fellow Class 2A boys’ outfits — in the state championships this past Saturday in Rio Rancho.

  • West, Mora spikers headed to state

    Volleyball teams from West Las Vegas (15-8) and Mora (17-5) will join other state hopefuls on Thursday, when the state championship tournaments begin in Rio Rancho.

    Tourneys begin with pool play on Thursday morning; performance in pool play will determine bracket pairings, and bracket play will commence later in the day. Pool matches are two games each, played to 25.

  • More elections around corner

    Between last week’s general election and the primary and the two municipal elections held earlier this year, one might think that elections are done with for a few years. Not so fast.

    The West Las Vegas School Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve an election for two school board seats, for a school bond and for a capital improvements tax on Feb. 5. Other area schools boards will soon be scheduling their elections as well.

    At West, school board members Christine Ludi and David Romero hold the two seats up for election.

  • Paws and Stripes - $4K raised for veterans program

    A different kind of veterans service program took center stage Thursday at a fundraiser in the Plaza Hotel, thanks to a Las Vegas native who now practices law in Houston.

    The program is called Paws and Stripes and it was co-founded by Iraq war veteran James Stanek. Based in Rio Rancho, the program takes shelter dogs and places them with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The rescued canines are trained, with the veteran’s help, to act as service dogs for the veterans.

  • Social Security office will be closing earlier

    Submitted to the Optic

    Effective Nov. 19, New Mexico Social Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.  In addition, beginning Jan. 2, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

  • International show displays area diversity

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Las Vegas is undoubtedly aware of the diversity of cultures beyond our own, enhanced by the United World College students, but there’s more, much more to boast of. The New Mexico Highlands University International Student Community brings even more tang to the flavor.

    Gathering of Nations 2012, the presentation of  the NMHU ISC students, brought this fact to the forefront at Ilfeld Auditorum this past Thursday.

  • Outstanding season
  • Santa Fe officers trained to police on bikes

    By Chris Quintana
    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police Officer Jeff Worth treats his bike like a patrol car, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t. His Kona 27-speed mountain bike is equipped with a siren, flashing lights and an emergency kit. And his authority is the same. The charge for fleeing an officer is the same whether he’s on a bike or in a car.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 12, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Power shortfall delays outpost

    A new $15 million U.S. Customs and Border Patrol outpost in southern New Mexico is a year behind schedule because federal planners failed to make sure the local power co-op could provide enough electricity.
    Customs agents assigned to the border crossing in Antelope Wells are instead operating out of trailers.