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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - Our beginning

    Every Monday morning since January 2010, I have recounted the history of Las Vegas and San Miguel County over the airwaves of KFUN/KLVF. Tom McDonald has now invited me to do the same thing in a weekly column for the Optic, and we begin that journey today. This column is the first in what we hope will be a long-running series bringing to life the history of our area.

  • Lady Dons rally, nip Pojoaque

    Down 23-10 after an 11-0 Pojoaque run and banged up at two key positions, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons seemed snakebitten at every turn Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    WLV post Vanessa Lucero and wing Briana Montaño — two of the Lady Dons’ veteran leaders — nursed knee injuries. The third of West’s big three, point guard Miranda Martinez wasn’t finding many easy shots, either. But she led a gritty effort as the host Lady Dons overcame a 13-point deficit to steal a significant non-district win from the Elkettes, 52-48.

  • Horsemen double up RHS in battle of top 5 clubs

    Okay, holiday break is over and school is back in session. Get ready for some math.

    The difference between No. 3 and No. 4 equals 25 points.

    Huh?

    Third-ranked St. Michael’s downed fourth-rated Robertson 47-22 on Wednesday night in Santa Fe, erasing an early deficit and likely confounding boys’ basketball pollsters yet again.

    RHS recently did that by bumping off Portales 51-48 in the Stu Clark Tournament when the Cardinals were seventh and Rams fourth in the polls.

  • Mat time
  • Lady Cards beat St. Mike’s

    Improvement continues for Robertson High’s girls’ basketball team, which scored one of its better victories of the season Tuesday evening at former district foe St. Michael’s.

    The Lady Cardinals (4-6) won 45-37 behind another inspired defensive effort from the whole lineup — and another big game from Jamie Allen and Kassandra Tapia.

    Tapia was a rebounding menace, grabbing a game-high 18 boards to go with 10 points and eight steals.

    Allen swished nine of 12 free throws and scored a team-best 15 points.

  • Rangers romp in NRG opener

    Las Vegas Optic

    Mora’s outside shooting — and a 43-point  combined effort by Tyler Martinez and Tim Romero — played a major role in its 71-48 win over Escalante Wednesday night in the opening round of the Northern Rio Grande Tournament, which continues through Saturday at the Pojoaque High campus in Jacona.
    Pecos was to play Coronado on Thursday.

    Mora (9-1) advances to play Mesa Vista in a Friday semifinal.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    RIGHT DIRECTION. As staunch believers in openness in government, we applaud the efforts of the Community Committee for Better School to have a say in the selection of a new superintendent in the East district. Also commendable is the reaction of school board President Gabe Lucero, who says he’s open to the committee’s participation. He even extends the invitation to current candidates, which totals nine on the East-side ballot.

  • To the Point: Resuscitating Marie Antoinette

    I’ve always thought of progressive taxation — the more you make, the more you pay — as a universally advantageous alternative to revolution.

    I recall that I first learned this heretical distinction during my liberal arts education at Highlands, which included reading Montaigne, Bentham, Hume, Locke, Smith and others of their ilk. I don’t know that these stalwarts are still on the required reading lists, but there might be some gain if they were.

  • Noticias-Jan. 7, 2010

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

  • Que Pasa-Jan. 7, 2011

    SUNDAY DOMINGO