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Today's News

  • San Miguel sheriff easily wins re-election

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Sheriff Benjamin Vigil, a Democrat, trounced his independent opponent, Rico Giron in Tuesday’s election.

     

    With 27 of 30 precincts reporting, Vigil had 77 percent of the vote to Giron’s 23 percent. 

     

    In the Democratic primary in June, Vigil scraped by with 35.6 percent of the vote against four candidates. His closest rival, Joseph  Santillanes, got 34.3 percent. 

     

  • Area competitive races

     

    San Miguel County

    27 of 30 precincts 

    Magistrate Judge Division 1

    Philip Romero, Democrat 77.5%

    Daniel Holguin, Republican 22.5

     

    MORA COUNTY

    County

    Paula Garcia, Democrat 64.1%

  • Big sports week begins
  • Mora XC teams make state cut

    Las Vegas Optic


    Pecos and Mora will be among the teams vying for state cross country titles this Saturday in Rio Rancho after strong efforts in the District 2 1A-2A meet on Friday in Pojoaque.


    Both Mora boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the state meet by picking up dual fourth-place finishes in the 13-team district meet.

    Top five make the cut for state, noted second-year head coach Mark Cassidy.


    For the Rangerette runners, the team qualification is a first, Cassidy said.

  • Vatos make semis in Classic

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic


    After beating Adams State College in Alamosa 50-12 on Oct. 9, the Vatos rugby club reached the semifinals in the 39th annual High Desert Classic Oct. 16-17 in Albuquerque.

  • LV ropers taste victory

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic
    Oklahoma City, Okla. — Local team ropers Travis Regensberg and Kenny Zamora of Las Vegas were big winners Tuesday at the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping, which wrapped up Sunday in Oklahoma City.  


    Produced by the United States Team Roping Championships, the National Finals of Team Roping is the premier event of team roping and hosted more than 6,700 teams from across the United  States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and South America.

  • Gents gallop to big win

    Las Vegas Optic
    West Las Vegas Middle School’s football team finished with a flourish this past week, stomping Raton 52-0.


    The Gents, coached by Robert Alarcon, concluded the season with a 6-1 record, the lone defeat coming against crosstown rival Memorial Middle School. MMS went 7-0 this season.


    This past week’s game reached the breaking point with 2:48 left in the second quarter.

  • Mora football goes 5-0

    Football is back on the radar in Mora.
    The fledgling Ranger football team ended its short season undefeated at 5-0.

  • Lady Cardinals fall in another OT thriller

    As far as the Robertson girls’ soccer team is concerned, their playoff meeting Saturday with Portales was every bit as exciting — though nowhere near as fulfilling — as the teams’ last encounter, a 3-2 overtime stunner for RHS on Oct. 14.


    This time, the score also was 3-2 and it was also decided in overtime. But this time, the seventh-seeded Rams came out on top, ending a strong campaign by the 10th seeded Lady Cardinals.

  • Scrutinize sites off campus

    Highlands University has been one of the leaders in setting up satellite campuses around the state. Currently, the school has seven off-campus sites — Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Raton, Española, Farmington and Santa Fe.


    Now, legislative leaders looking for ways to cut the state budget have questioned the need for state universities to have so many branches. That’s a reasonable line of inquiry.