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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - March 4, 2011

    TODAY HOY

  • Noticias - March 4, 2011

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

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora Valley’s first ambulance service

    This is a history that was sent by Billy G. Rogers when he found it as he was going through the family papers. The rest of the story is the update of the Mora ambulance since that time in our history.

    Not many people know this but the first ambulance service to Mora Valley was created in March 1973. The Rogers Brothers, Leroy C. and Alfred E. Jr. and Billy G. Rogers, owners of the Gonzales Funeral Home in Las Vegas, donated the ambulance service to the citizens of Mora Valley.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Happy endings to goofy ranch stories

    The network of friends and family that know this old ranch so well keep in contact with us, and more particularly when the weather is record breaking across this big country. Several of those who contact us remember the big snows, the real cold and the ongoing snow shovel time spent just to keep the ranch animals dry and fed.

    I can report that not much has changed in the past 50 years. When the snowflakes fly and the temperatures really drop and the barometric pressure drops as well, a cow will decide it is time to deliver her calf, whether she is in term or not.

  • Let the Madness begin!

    As Gillie Lopez Gym public-address announcer John Baca would say, “Let’s get ready for some HOOOOOOOPS!”

    High school basketball teams across the state, including  Robertson’s boys and girls, West Las Vegas’ girls, Mora’s boys and girls, and Pecos’ girls  open their state tournament quests this weekend.

  • Grizzlies end Cowboys’ season in double OT

    Adams State outscored New Mexico Highlands 14-6 in the second overtime period late Tuesday, pulling away for a 106-98 win in the opening round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout.

    It was a war of attrition, as five Cowboys and four Grizzlies fouled out of the game. Highlands’ leading scorer Thomas Manzano was among the casualties, fouling out early in the final overtime period.

  • Dons sluggers bully Braves

    The most promising Dons baseball season in recent memory took off on the right foot Tuesday, with West Las Vegas overpowering Santa Fe Indian School 15-6 in a two-hour, 45-minute game that defied sundown at WLV Field.

    Nicholas Aragón’s debut in green and gold (after transferring from Robertson over the summer) was a success. He filled in at second base and went 3 for 3 at the plate, with a walk, a steal and two runs batted in.

    Corey Archibeque went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk and drove in three runs.

  • Crespins to highlight April 2 boxing event

    Las Vegas’ professional boxing siblings Arturo and Amanda Crespin will be among the featured fighters in “Rising Stars: Battle at the Bosque,” a card set for Saturday, April 2, at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo.

  • Aragón picked for Puerto Rico trip

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Baseball has provided some great opportunities for some players in the Las Vegas area.  Recently, local high school senior Nicholas Aragón has been asked by Coast to Coast Baseball to travel to Puerto Rico in June and July as a member of a U.S.A. team.  

  • Suit against ex-sheriff tossed

    The text messages tell the story about the soured relationship between the former Mora County sheriff and his undersheriff.

    Then-sheriff Roy Cordova wasn’t happy that Tim Marquez, his second in command at the time, had filed to run against him in the Democratic primary in June.

    Among the pointed text messages the two exchanged on March 18, 2010, was Cordova’s asking when Marquez was going to drop out and Marquez saying he heard that Cordova was giving the undersheriff’s job to someone else.