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Today's News

  • Dons hope for homecoming boost

    It’s been a difficult start for the West Las Vegas football team, but the Dons and head coach Robert Alarcon can take solace in the fact that the more meaningful games have yet to be played.

    The District 2-3A schedule opens Friday, and whatever troubles the squad has had to this point can be all but forgotten with a good effort against visiting Raton.

    The Tigers are West Las Vegas’ guests for homecoming game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Herrera Complex.

  • West spikes Robertson 3-0

    West Las Vegas asserted its dominance with a three-game sweep of crosstown rival Robertson on Tuesday evening at Mike Marr Gym.

    In addition to being the first East-West matchup of the fall, it also served as the District 2-3A opener for both volleyball teams.

    While the first set could’ve gone either way before the Lady Dons pulled out a 26-24 verdict, West was overpowering in winning the next two, 25-9 and 25-12.

    The Lady Cardinals enjoyed a strong start, taking an 11-0 lead in the first set, but the visitors rallied.

  • Cowboy runners 19th in D-II

    As teams prepare for the postseason, the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country remains nationally ranked, checking in this week at No. 19.

    The Cowboys are tied with Cal Poly Pomona for 19th in the latest NCAA Division II poll, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. They garnered 50 points in the poll.

    NMHU, which competed in a crowded, muddy Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival last week, slipped eight spots from No. 11 in the previous poll.

  • Sunday (YAFL) ticket
  • Youth Soccer - Oct. 11, 2013

    The following are this coming weekend’s scheduled Las Vegas Youth Soccer League matches:

    U6 DIVISION
    All U6 matches are played at 8:45 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.
    Chile vs. Greece, Field 1
    Italy vs. Croatia, Field 2
    USA vs. Mexico, Field 3
    Peru vs. Russia, Field 4

    U8 DIVISION
    All U8 matches are played at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.
    Germany vs. Belgium, Field 1
    Norway vs. France, Field 2
    England vs. Portugal, Field 3

  • Go Fish - Oct. 11, 2013

    FISHING REPORT, Oct. 8

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow but there were a few trout caught by anglers using Power Bait.

    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 6.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair using gold and silver spoons and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 11, 2013

    Friday
    Football
    • West Las Vegas vs. Raton (homecoming), 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    Rodeo
    • NMHU at Mesalands, TBA, Tucumcari
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Metro State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Memorial Middle School at Española tourney, TBA, Española

  • One year of Rio Mora

    Submitted to the Optic
    Sept. 27, 2013, marks one year since the dedication of the Wind River Ranch as the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Northern New Mexico. Last year former Secretary Salazar, established it as the 560th unit of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s refuge system.  

  • National recognition - Bridge Street named among top 10 in U.S.

    We’ve always known that Bridge Street is a gem, and now a national organization is listing it among the top 10 Great Streets in the nation.

    The American Planning Association bestowed that honor on Las Vegas late last week, putting it in company with streets like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia and Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, which is near Waikiki Beach.

    A celebration is planned for noon Saturday at the newly completed Breezeway on Bridge Street. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Company owner gets probation

    The owner of a local gravel company has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of aggravated battery and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

    Oren Mathews, 49, who owns and operates Rocky Road Gravel, still denies attacking business rival Miguel Melendez on Oct. 6, 2011. But he said mounting legal bills prompted him to take the plea in July.

    “I wish the whole thing wouldn’t have happened,” he said.