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Today's News

  • Mora has new AD

    The Mora Independent Schools district has a new athletic coordinator.

    Marco Sanchez is not new to the Mora Schools. He graduated from Mora High School in 1998. Nor is he new to athletics, as he was a member of the Mora basketball team that were the state basketball champions in 1998.

    Sanchez, who notes that the champion Rangers were guided by Manuel Romero, says he has the highest regard  for his former coach. He says he appreciates Romero’s positive attitude and counts him as one of his mentors as well as a good athlete himself.

  • Work of Art: A midnight dive into Storrie

    Back in the olden days, before Storrie Lake became a state park and when entry was free, I once took a couple of neighbor-acquaintances swimming. I call them acquaintances because they were not exactly my friends.

    Without getting into the semantics of what a friend is, let me explain that they were simply young men my age whom I saw regularly but who weren’t part of my circle.

  • Editorial: Don't fence out public

    Storrie Lake has been in the state park system for decades. So it’s no surprise that Las Vegas residents see this attraction as the domain of no particular group or person but, rather, as public property.

    The state, however, doesn’t own most of the park’s land. Instead, it’s the property of the Storrie Project Water Users Association, which serves ranchers, farmers and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Top state official travels to Las Vegas in chopper

    State Department of Public Safety Secretary John Denko came to Las Vegas last week in a state police helicopter.

    It costs $600 an hour to run the chopper.

    But Denko said the trip to the Meadow City wasn’t for him. He said the two pilots needed some training time —  one of whom hadn’t flown in the Las Vegas area before.

    He said he came along because he has much experience piloting helicopters.

  • RHS boys 2nd, girls 3rd in Cruces

    Robertson knocked off larger schools en route to dual top-three finishes over the weekend in a Las Cruces tennis tournament.

    The Cardinal boys finished second only to Las Cruces’ Mayfield High in the six-team fray.

    Meanwhile, the RHS girls placed third, not far behind champ Clovis and runner-up Mayfield.

    Coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi guided his boys’ squad to 14 match wins and three team points.

  • Grievance filed vs. coach

    Luna Community College baseball players have filed a formal grievance against head coach Peter Ortiz alleging that he has been intoxicated during the team’s road trips.

    The Optic has been unable to reach Ortiz for comment.

    The coach was placed on administrative leave earlier this season for unspecified reasons but returned to work in late March. Assistant Antonio Siqueiros filled in during the leave.

  • Baca, Quintana pace RHS linksters

    Brandon Baca and Jayme Quintana posted state-qualifying scores Monday in the Capital City Golf Invitational at the Santa Fe Country Club.

    For Quintana, it was the fourth qualifying leg (only three are required) of the season. The Robertson standout shot an 85, placing third overall.

  • Victim's family offering reward

    The family of Mariah Arguello, the Las Vegas native killed by a drunken driver, wants to know more about the driver’s activities the night of the accident.

    Mariah Arguello, 18, was headed east on Interstate 25 near San Juan when Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe crossed over and hit Arguello’s car head on late the night of April 23. Both died in the crash.

    A bottle of beer was found in Jaramillo’s car.

  • West won't reconsider

    In a divided vote last month, the West Las Vegas school board voted down a new contract for Superintendent Jim Abreu, meaning his time with the district ends June 30.

    But his allies on the board last week wanted to bring up the subject again, hoping for the board to reconsider.

    The issue was on the agenda for the board’s regular meeting. However, Abreu supporters’ hopes were shattered right from the start when board member David Romero made a motion to remove the item from the agenda.

  • Cowboys: Top 10 in two polls

    New Mexico Highlands University hopped to 10th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll on the heels of the Cowboys’ four-game sweep of Regis over the weekend in Denver.

    NMHU (29-6 overall and 19-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) received 344 points in the poll, which was released Monday. The team was 14th in last week’s poll.