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Today's News

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Sept. 7, 2012

    The News & Observer of Raleigh on U.S. Capitol neglect (Aug. 31) — What’s next? Leaving the gum on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial? Or perhaps Republicans in the U.S. House will decide to leave the pool at the World War II memorial empty. Maybe they’ll want to cut back services at the Smithsonian and leave the fingerprints on John Glenn’s Friendship 7 capsule.

  • Dr. Owen DeWitt joins Alta Vista Regional Hospital

    Submitted to the Optic

    Orthopedic surgeon Owen DeWitt, M.D., has joined the Alta Vista Regional Hospital staff and the community. DeWitt is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with 24 years of experience. DeWitt utilizes both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat bone, muscle, tendon and joint injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

    DeWitt is no stranger to New Mexico. As a teenager he worked on a ranch outside of Tucumcari and from there his love for New Mexico grew.

  • Noticias - Sept. 7, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Las Vegas Total Community Approach Program is available to  help anyone with a drug and alcohol problem get the help and treatment they need. The program provides free drug and alcohol evaluations and help with paying for treatment for anyone who qualifies. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 454-8151.
    • The Children’s Workshop is offering free child development screenings. The schedule an appointment, call 426-1760 or 454-0348.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 7, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant on Saturday, Oct. 13. The competition is open to girls, 6 to 12 years. Phases of competition are casual wear, talent, party/formal wear and on-stage question. No entry fee is required. Entry forms may be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, Carnegie Library or the Chamber of Commerce. Entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 7. For more information, call Philip Ortiz at 718-5656.

  • Cowboy runners 18th in nation

    Respect for the New Mexico Highlands men’s cross country program recently translated into another milestone — a national ranking.

    Highlands’ men earned the No. 18 ranking in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason poll for NCAA Division II, released Aug. 29.

    The Cowboys, who made their season debut this past weekend at a University of New Mexico meet, are coached by Bob DeVries, in his 21st year at the helm of both the men’s and women’s teams.

  • Lady Cards break through vs. Mora

    Abbey Bradley led an improving Lady Cardinal attack Tuesday night as Robertson swept Mora 3-0 in a meeting of two area teams who have become regulars in the state volleyball tournaments.

    It was a breakthrough of sorts for a young RHS squad, which struggled through a defeat against Ruidoso on Saturday.

    Bradley, one of just two veterans on the varsity roster, was especially effective. She gave the Rangerettes problems at the net in both offense (five kills) and defense.

  • Lady Dons start 3-0

    A four-set road victory Tuesday at St. Michael’s has given the West Las Vegas Lady Dons a 3-0 start to their volleyball season.

    The Lady Dons’ early performance has head coach Mary Bustos feeling cautiously optimistic.

    “The whole match went very well,” she said. “Honestly, nobody had a bad game. The girls played together and cheered each other on. One key in volleyball is to have everybody having fun and playing together.”

  • Rugged early slate for Cardinal soccer

    Wednesday’s 10-0 mercy-rule shutout at Questa was a welcome respite from a tough early schedule for the Robertson boys’ soccer team.

    “We have a brutal schedule,” said head coach Clarence Montoya. “We opened up with Sandia Prep, and that’s about the toughest team we play. The next day we should’ve beaten Ruidoso, but we had no legs left. It’s going to take a while to get up to speed.”

  • Go Fish - Sept. 7, 2012

    FISHING REPORT, SEPT. 4

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Charette Lakes: No reports from anglers this week.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 7, 2012

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson at Lovington, 7 p.m., Lovington
    • West Las Vegas at Española Valley, 7 p.m., Española
    Soccer
    • NMHU women vs. Western State, 5 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Lubbock Christian, Tarleton State (tourney), Stephenville, Texas
    • Mora, Pecos at Tucumcari tourney, TBA, Tucumcari
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) vs. Lovington, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym