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Today's News

  • Above and Beyond: Riding to success

    Michael Ortiz will be in Los Lunas this weekend doing what he loves best — riding bulls.

    “I’m going to try to win. I’ve been practicing every day after school,”  the 10-year-old Legion Park Elementary School student said.

    Ortiz is used to winning; he has a collection of almost a dozen championship buckles that he has won at rodeo events statewide. He said he has also competed in rodeos in Texas and Colorado.

  • NMHU hoops back home

    Fans of New Mexico Highlands University basketball had better get their fix this weekend because the Cowboys and Cowgirls won’t be playing at home again until Jan. 14.

    NMHU hosts Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions on Friday and Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves on Saturday. The women’s games tip off at 6 p.m. each night, with the men following at around 8.

    The Cowgirls are 3-7 overall and 0-4 in RMAC play under coach Tiffany Darling.

  • Cards electric vs. Pecos

    A power outage in the Meadow City bumped Wednesday night’s Robertson-Pecos boys’ basketball game from Mike Marr Gym to the Memorial Middle School campus.

    But that didn’t stop Justin Bustos and Josh Brito from trying to shoot the lights out at MMS.

    Bustos hit two 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Josh Brito swished three 3s on his way to 13 points in Robertson’s 74-60 victory.

  • Martinez triple-double lifts West

    Miranda Martinez came three rebounds shy of a quadruple-double as West Las Vegas (4-1) beat Socorro 67-54 in Class 3A girls’ basketball action Tuesday night in Socorro.

    Martinez filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 15 assists, 10 steals and seven rebounds.

    The game also showed West’s depth as younger players had a significant role. Cecilia Gutierrez scored a team-high 16, Alicia Cordova 12, Michelle Montaño 11. Michelle Tapia had nine rebounds for coach Jose Medina’s Lady Dons.

  • Local hunting show seeking online votes

    Optic readers are being encouraged to vote online for “Down the Road with Rick Rhoads” starring Jenna and J.T. Rhoads of Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    UNNECESSARILY BUREAUCRATIC. During a hearing on an annexation proposal last week, Alex Aragon, the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said he would like concerned residents in attendance to get minutes of the meeting.

  • Another perspective: Questions that need answers

    The problems which beset the Las Vegas City Schools have had the attention of our community over the past weeks and months. The increases to property taxes certainly arouse the attention of many people.

    Although taxes are important, they don’t however overshadow our responsibility to provide students a quality education in a safe and caring environment.

  • Noticias-Dec. 17, 2010

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

    • The Grand Avenue project will be suspended starting on Friday, Dec. 17 and construction operations will resume in March 2011 contigent on winter weather according to NMDOT District Four and Fisher Sand and Gravel. For more information, call Anthony Martinez, Project Manager at 454-3690 or Kenny Lujan, District Four Public Information Officer at 617-5900.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 17, 2010

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    • Big Brothers Big Sisters is raffling a red 2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited with sunroof, leather seats, 3,500 miles, provided by NM Auto Wholesalers. The drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $100. Only 300 tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in San Miguel and Mora counties. For more information, call 426-8510.

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  • East board picks interim leader

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez expressed surprise at being named interim superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools on Monday.

    She wasn’t the only one shocked. The local buzz had other well-known names taking the seat vacated by Rick Romero, whose resignation was accepted at a meeting last week after a controversy over his flash drive that allegedly contained inappropriate files.