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Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: What the numbers say

    I did a little number crunching on the school board elections last week, and discovered some interesting tidbits.

    One of the things I found was that, while turnout was low for West’s election, it wasn’t bad on the east side.

    First, let me point out that the numbers I use below are by no means “official,” but that doesn’t mean they’re inaccurate. I gleaned them from Optic reports on the last three school board elections — in 2007, 2009 and last week.

  • Winter blast puts games on ice

    This past weekend was supposed to feature a couple of eagerly anticipated East-West basketball matchups in town.

    Mother Nature had other plans.

    The one-two punch was supposed to be a Robertson boys’ basketball home game vs. West Las Vegas on Friday at Mike Marr Gym, followed by Saturday’s scheduled West girls vs. RHS contest at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Mora upset at home

    The Mora Rangerettes were disappointed in their homecoming game as they lost to Mesa Vista on Jan. 29 by a score of 60-46.

    This is not reflective of the usual Rangerettes’ efforts this year. Some of their recent scores: Mora 66, Questa 39; Mora 65, Robertson 53; Mora 61, McCurdy 23. They won against the Mesa Vista girls at the Northern Rio Grande Tournament with a score of 52-45.

    Coach David Salcido noted that one of the team’s top rebounders was not able  to play Saturday because of a knee injury.

  • Smith honored by RMAC

    Highlands University’s China Smith was named the Rocky Mountain Atheltic Conference Player of the Week following her efforts in games Jan. 28-29.

    Smith led her team to a road sweep over the Thunderwolves of Colorado State-Pueblo (60-52) and the Mountain Lions of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (77-68). Those two wins gave the Cowgirls a four-game win streak, the longest under head coach Tiffany Darling. NMHU lost twice this past weekend.

  • Bustos scores 27 vs. Cowgirls; No. 4 FLC soars

    Her final appearance at the Wilson Complex was a coup de grace for Vera Jo Bustos.

    The onetime West Las Vegas star, now a senior at Adams State, torched the hometown Highlands Cowgirls for 27 points Friday evening, leding the Grizzlies to a 77-60 win.

  • Back on track

    Usually, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team is known for its high-octane offense. But it was the Cowboys’ defensive effort that proved essential to its Saturday night upset of Fort Lewis College.

    Highlands (16-5, 12-5) held the Skyhawks — the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division II Central Region — to 43 percent shooting and outrebounded them 41-27 in an 82-64 romp at the Wilson Complex.

  • Cold weather blast hits hard

    A blast of winter weather that began Monday and continued into the week wreaked havoc over northern New Mexico in a number of ways.

    Schools closed, as did some businesses. Workers were able to remove most of the snow from the streets and roadways but the ice wouldn’t thaw. Trash collection schedules in Las Vegas were delayed because trucks wouldn’t start. And just as school officials figured they could resume classes on Thursday, with a two-hour delay, they couldn’t get school buses going in the subzero temperatures.

  • Above and Beyond: Fourth-grader thriving at Rio Gallinas

    Taran Franklyn-Atman says he likes Rio Gallinas Charter School, because they go about teaching a bit differently than a traditional public school.

    “Teachers are a lot calmer here. They only yell when they have to,” he said.

    The fourth-grader says he considers everyone in his class his friend. His teachers say the Rio Gallinas student is mild-mannered, kind and a critical thinker.

    Teacher Janice Ulibarri says he’s always prepared for class — and always thinking one step ahead of everyone else.

  • Drug plea nets 5-plus years for Benavidez

    An convicted drug dealer from Las Vegas has been sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison.

    Herminio “Ermie” Benavidez, 32, had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine. The plea agreement came Nov. 6, 2009.

    A federal judge in the Albuquerque-based U.S. District Court sentenced Benavidez on Jan. 25.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 4, 2011

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