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Today's News

  • Campbell on All-American list

    For the first time in more than a decade, a New Mexico Highlands University football player is an All-American.

    Jordan Campbell, a junior linebacker, was selected a Second-Team Daktronics All-American, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Highlands noted in news releases issued Wednesday.

    Campbell led the nation in tackles for loss with 28.5, a number that set new school and conference single-season records.

  • Several all-state runners from area

    Five cross country runners from the Las Vegas area have earned all-state recognition for their efforts this fall.

    Each of the five finished within the top 15 in November’s state championships held in Rio Rancho.

  • Young boxers entertain crowd

    They may be elementary school students, but Mateo Gold and Ryan Gonzales already embrace the mentality of veteran fighters and all-around tough guys.
    Asked if they were nervous before taking the ring in this past weekend’s New Mexico Silver Gloves tournament at Crespin’s Gym, they each shrugged and denied even a moment’s weakness.

    “My mom was nervous,” Gonzales said. “I wasn’t.”

  • Rangerettes win NRG; Cards 3rd at Sandia Prep

    Never mind the record, says Mora girls’ basketball coach Mark Cassidy.

    These Rangerettes are still a work in progress.

    Mora stayed unbeaten at 6-0 by winning the Northern Rio Grande girls’ tournament this past weekend in Española at McCurdy High School.

    The Rangerettes beat Dulce 45-38 in the final on Saturday, dropping the Hawks to 2-2 overall.

  • Six MMS grapplers earn titles

    Submitted to the Optic

    Earning titles in six weight classes, the Memorial Middle School wrestling team pinned down a team championship in its own tournament this past Saturday.

    In addition to the six titles, the host Cardinals picked up one second place, one third, and five fourth-place finishes to earn 232 team points.

    MMS was followed by Taos (220), Los Alamos (152), Mora (119), Bernalillo (101), St. Mike’s (93), West Las Vegas Middle School (67) and Pecos (35).  

  • Go Fish - Dec. 16, 2011

    FISHING REPORT, DEC. 13
    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    PECOS RIVER: No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice, especially in shaded stretches. Fish the afternoon hours while the sun is on the water.
    STORRIE LAKE: Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 16, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Amarillo Duals, Amarillo, Texas

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Robertson girls at Portales (A,B), 1 p.m., Portales

  • Ojitos Frios still struggling

    Jack and Betty Thompson had planned to live out their golden years in the peaceful Ojitos Frios subdivision surrounded by good neighbors, beautiful views and tranquility.

    That was before their well ran dry.

    Before the value of their home plummeted to next to nothing.

    Before their neighbors started abandoning their homes.

  • Challenging cleanup

    City of Las Vegas crews spent Thursday and part of Friday cleaning out three properties on the 800 block of Pecos Street as part of the ongoing effort to tackle nuisance properties throughout the city.

    The adjoining properties — 803, 805 and 807 Pecos Street — were piled high with debris, and covered in animal feces and rodent droppings, said City Attorney Dave Romero.

  • Tempers flare over applications

    The impasse over whether the city should apply for $4.4 million in state funding to pay for two water projects was resolved Monday with Mayor Alfonso Ortiz casting tie-breaking votes to move forward with the application process.

    But the votes followed a contentious discussion in which the mayor and city councilors Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore expressed bewilderment over the opposition to applying for the funds, and Utilities Director Ken Garcia accused Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron of trying to “undermine the application process.”