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Today's News

  • No home cooking for Big 12 teams

    The Associated Press

    NORMAN, Okla. — There’s proving to be no home-field advantage in the Big 12 this season.

    Road teams are on track to have a winning record for the first time in the conference’s history, taking 16 of 27 games so far this year for a .593 winning percentage. That’s almost an exact reversal of the historical trend, with home teams winning at a .594 clip over the league’s first 16 years.

  • Pecos boys win 2-2A team title

    Sporting one of the deepest lineups in the state, the Pecos boys’ cross country team had little trouble corralling the team championship in Friday’s District 2-2A meet held in Pojoaque.

    Also of no surprise was an individual title for Mora’s Alonzo Chavez, who now turns his sights on repeating as state champion.

    The Panthers compiled 47 team points to beat Santa Fe Prep (55) and Mora (57). All three boys’ teams qualify for state.

  • ‘Beasties’ begin state quest on Thursday

    Robertson will have a chance to redeem itself from one of just two regular-season losses on the girls’ soccer pitch this fall.

    In order to make it to the Final Four in the Class 1A-3A state tournament, the Lady Cardinals (18-2) will have to get that redemption.

    Fifth-seeded Socorro, the only team in the classification to have beaten fourth-seeded Robertson, defeated Bloomfield 5-0 this past weekend in the tourney’s opening round. That sets up a quarterfinal confrontation between the Lady Warriors (18-3) and RHS, which had the weekend off as one of the top four seeds in the bracket.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 7, 2012

    Wednesday
    Volleyball
    • District 2-3A tournament: West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • District 4-2A tournament, teams, times and sites TBA

    Thursday
    Soccer
    • Class 1A-3A state tournament: Robertson girls vs. Socorro-Bloomfield winner, 8:30 a.m., APS Soccer Complex, Albuquerque
    Volleyball
    • District 4-2A tournament, teams, times and sites TBA

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men at Lubbock Christian, 7 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    • NMHU women at St. Edward’s, 5:30 p.m., Austin, Texas
    Football
    • Vegas Bowl: West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 3 p.m., Herrera Complex
    Soccer

  • East, West lost students

    Enrollment has dropped at both West Las Vegas School District and Las Vegas City Schools, with the two districts having a combined 68 fewer students than this time last year.

    The biggest drop occurred at West, which has 59 fewer students this year. East has nine fewer students. The figures are based on the 40th day counts each district compiled.

    The drops might be linked to the decline in the area population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, San Miguel County’s population dropped to 29,393 from 30,126 in 2000 – a decline of 733 people.

  • Final push - High number of votes already cast

    Candidates and political action committees are bombarding the airwaves with nasty ads in a last-ditch effort to convince undecided voters who they should cast their ballots for, but the end is in sight.

    Early voting ended Saturday. San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera said 5,339 people have already voted early or absentee. Rivera called it a high number, saying she believes it’s many more than were cast during the primary.

    Tuesday is Election day for several key national, state and area races and ballot issues. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • High court sides with state engineer

    Optic Staff and Wire

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that limited the ability of the state’s top water official to manage water rights in times of severe drought.

    The case centers on a program that was intended to speed up the determination of industry, agricultural and municipal water entitlements. The Court of Appeals ruled in 2010 that the Office of the State Engineer had overstepped its legal authority by adopting the program.

  • New ranch supply store to open

    A national farm and ranch supply source is building a new store in Las Vegas, and it plans to employ at least a dozen people when it opens its doors.

    Construction has already begun on the Tractor Supply Company store off N.M. 518, past Walmart as one heads toward Mora.

    “Tractor Supply looks forward to becoming a member of the Las Vegas community,” District Manager Dusty Pate said in a news release. “Las Vegas is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers and horse owners in the area.”

  • Gov hopes for gains in legislative races

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrats have controlled the New Mexico Legislature for decades, but Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is waging an unusually aggressive and costly battle to change that in the general election to overcome Democratic opposition to her legislative proposals.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 5, 2012

    In 1962
    Friday, Nov. 2 — Now in operation on the Highlands University campus is the National Institute of Health-sponsored Computer Center built around an IBM 1620 model, and complementary equipment, in all valued at approximately $200,000. Dr. E. Gerald Meyer is the Dean of the Graduate School and director of the Institute for Scientific Research, and Dr. M.G. Howat is the director of the Computer Center.