Today's News

  • Cowboys’ NFL dreams kindled in bowl game

    While it’s unclear what kind of impression New Mexico Highlands linebacker Jordan Campbell made on NFL scouts in this past weekend’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, he certainly grabbed the attention of sportscasters calling the game.

    Campbell drew raves with his individual effort for Herm Edwards’ American team, which lost 34-0 to Dick Vermeil’s National squad.

    “He’s got exactly what you want in a linebacker — read and react,” said Bill Polian. Polian is best known for his years as an executive with the Indianapolis Colts.

  • Cardinal frontcourt key in stopping Mora

    Robertson didn’t need much of an opening, and when the visiting Mora Rangers had a three-and-a-half-minute dry spell early in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals took full advantage.
    RHS rolled to a 72-59 win before a strong bipartisan crowd Tuesday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    Ryan Tafoya, attacking the rim with bad intentions, led the Cardinals with 22 points, eight of which came in the final period.

    Mora’s Lorenzo Chavez scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter, which ended in a 17-17 tie.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 25, 2013

    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Clayton, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Pecos boys and girls (A,B) vs. Mesa Vista, 4 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • Wagon Mound boys at Cimarron, 5 p.m., Cimarron
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Raton, 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at New Mexico Collegiate Invitational, 8 a.m., Albuquerque


  • Cheers!
  • Lobos hold on, beat CSU

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — No. 15 New Mexico let almost all of a 22-point lead slip away until Tony Snell scored four points over the closing minutes to help the Lobos preserve a 66-61 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday.

    The win gave first-place New Mexico (17-2, 4-0 MWC) a two-game lead in the Mountain West Conference.

    Afterward, Lobos coach Steve Alford was all smiles despite watching his team nearly fritter away the large lead.

  • Youth free throw contest Sunday

    Area boys and girls age 10-14 are invited to participate in the 2013 Knights of Columbus Council 804 Free Throw Championship this weekend.

    The local level contest will begin at noon Sunday at Gillie Lopez Gym on the campus of West Las Vegas High. The facility will open at 11 a.m.

    Winners of the local competition advance to district, with state to follow. International champions are named based on state scores.

    A release submitted to the Optic noted that more than 120,000 participants joined more than 3,600 local competitions in 2012.

  • Public Health Office offering free flu vaccinations

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Preparing for the worst

    After 40 years of fighting fires, U.S. Forest Service fire specialist Bill Armstrong doesn’t mince words when talking about the possibility of a catastrophic wildfire in the Gallinas watershed.

    “Your watershed is going to burn, categorically, without question,” Armstrong said during a public forum on Friday. It’s merely a matter of when, he added.

  • Presidential Inauguration - Time to act, Obama declares

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with “passion and dedication” to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.

  • Local hired for veterans’ services post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Karen Abeyta is no stranger when it comes to veterans.

    Abeyta, a West Las Vegas High School graduate, is a Navy veteran and is now serving fellow veterans as a new veterans’ service officer in Las Vegas through the state’s Department of Veterans’ Services.