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  • Romero hits 1,500th point

    By her standards it was a quiet night.

    But by scoring nine points in Mora’s 65-20 demolition of Monte del Sol on Monday night, Andrea Romero joined the elite club of Rangerettes who have amassed 1,500 career points.

    That club includes just two other players — all-time leader Anita Vigil (2,208) and Patricia Vigil (1,536) — said Mora coach Mark Cassidy.

    Romero is averaging 17.7 points a game this season. “Andrea thanks her many teammates she has played with in the four years she has worn a Mora uniform,” Cassidy said.

  • Luna teams stay on the road

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College Rough Riders baseball team lost four games over the weekend to Eastern Arizona. The scores were 2-0, 5-1, 6-4 and 6-5.

    The Rough Riders are 1-11 on the year. Their first win, a 10-4 verdict over Frank Phillips College, came Jan. 27 in Borger, Texas.

    The team and head coach Antonio Siqueiros will travel to Roswell and take on New Mexico Military Institute in two doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Games start at noon on both days.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 15, 2012

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson boys vs. West Las Vegas (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • State tournaments, TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

    • NMHU at University of the Southwest and Eastern New Mexico, TBA, Hobbs
    • NMHU women and men vs. Regis, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • West regains fiscal authority

    Nearly six years after the state Public Education Department yanked fiscal authority from the West Las Vegas School District because of questionable spending,  the department is returning it.

    Paul Aguilar, the education department’s deputy secretary of finance and operations delivered the news during Thursday evening’s school board meeting.

    “This is an important milestone the district has taken,” Aguilar said.

  • Back in Time
  • City election forums to begin tonight

    Voters will get a chance to hear from candidates running for city office during two upcoming Optic forums.

    The first forum — featuring City Council candidates — will be held tonight, Feb. 13. The Optic’s mayoral forum will be held next Monday.

    Both forums will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Middle School auditorium. They will be moderated by Tom McDonald, the Optic’s editor and publisher.

  • Veterans center extends hours

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas office of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services will now be open every Tuesday and Wednesday beginning this week.

    The office is located at 917 Douglas Avenue. Office hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

    Veterans or their dependents are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment. The phone number during office hours is 454-0068. On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays the number to call is 505-265-1711, Ext. 4626.

  • High court rejects redistricting plan

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday overturned a plan for new districts for the state House of Representatives and ordered a judge to draw a new map.

    The court issued a 4-1 split decision that was a victory for Democrats and the Legislature, which had challenged a redistricting plan ordered last month by retired District Court Judge James Hall.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 13, 2012

    In 1935

    Tuesday, Feb. 12 — Final reports from the San Miguel County cattle loan office released today show a total expenditure of $314,273 by the federal government in this county under the AAA for the purchase of drought-stricken cattle. Eight hundred and nineteen producers sold 24,375 head of cattle to the government, 9,264 of which were killed on the ranches and 15,111 were shipped, either to packing houses or to pasture. These purchases extended from June 25, 1934 to January 15, 1935.