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  • American Cardinals

    Theresa Wesner/ For the Optic

    It’s Homecoming week at Robertson High School, meaning the usual theme days leading up to Friday’s assembly, parade and 7 p.m. Homecoming football game against Taos.

    Monday was “American Day.” RHS freshmen CeCe Barela, Ashlyn Trujillo and Kyle Conway and sophomores Aaliyah Apodacaand Remijo Chavez seemed to enjoy dressing for the ocassion.

  • Homecoming showdown

    Homecoming, indeed.

    One Robertson High School alumnus is returning to his old stadium, and he’s hoping his team — not the host Cardinals — will be flying high when Friday’s Homecoming game is done. While it’s not Taos head football coach Art Abreu Jr.’s first antagonistic encounter with his alma mater, this figures to be his best chance yet to lead the Tigers to an upset.

    Like Robertson, Taos is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in District 2-4A. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps ratings right behind the No. 2 Cardinals.

  • Roundup: Spikers ace another test; Lady Dons get 2nd win

    Ranked second in Class 4A, Robertson volleyball (9-1) has had a robust early schedule this season, having already played three other teams in the top five.

    The latest of those matches came Tuesday night: a straight-sets win at No. 3-ranked St. Michael’s in Santa Fe.

    Game scores were 25-12, 25-16, 25-22.

    Brandee Fulgenzi led Robertson with 13 kills and 23 digs. Alianza Darley had 13 kills and seven blocks. Lauren Fulgenzi logged 33 assists. Ashlea Lujan and Taylor Jackson combined for 35 digs.

  • Looking Ahead, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017


    Cross country: Robertson at Desert Twilight, TBA, Casa Grande, Ariz. Football n Robertson vs. Taos (homecoming), 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium Golf : Robertson, West Las Vegas at Raton, 10 a.m., Raton; Soccer: NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, 5 p.m., Golden, Colo.; West Las Vegas girls (B) at Academy for Technology and the Classics, 4 p.m., Santa Fe; Volleyball:  Metro State at NMHU, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex;  Robertson, West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales.


  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

  • Paying homage of the gods of our 21st century

    Dispatch New Mexico

    I’ve been thinking about God lately.

    The Supreme Being is important to me, because I don’t want this to be all there is. The idea that there’s nothing beyond my one life is just too much pressure. I don’t know how Trump can stand it.

    Here in the 21st century, we worship many gods. New-and-improved gods, straight off the showroom floor, built to redeem us in our modern existence. I think we finally figured out that being saved is only fun if you sin your way in.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 29, 2017


    Despite a minimal amount of fanfare, the new New Mexico license plates are appearing on numerous vehicles in the Meadow City.

    Most of them begin with two or three capital letters. The markings are bright and clear. And the message on the plates correctly refers to us as the chile (NEVER end this word with an “I”) capital of the world. And it shows both red and green varieties, punctuating the Christmas theme. Look around for a few dozen of these plates.

  • Clifford out as NMHU A.D.

    Bob Clifford is reportedly out as New Mexico Highlands University athletic director.

    University spokesman Sean Weaver confirmed that Clifford had submitted his resignation Tuesday, although it is unclear whether he is leaving on his own terms. The resignation was made effective immediately on Tuesday.

    Craig Snow, who is Highlands’ men’s basketball coach, has taken over as interim athletic director. No details on any severance package or contract buyout – if any -- were immediately disclosed.

  • Funeral director gets license

    Submitted to the Optic

    Dwight J. Torres, Sr., of Las Vegas, recently attained his Funeral Service Provider License.

    Torres joins the ranks of approximately 100 active licensed funeral directors in the State of New Mexico and is one of about 6 active licensed funeral directors within the City of Las Vegas.

    Torres retired from the New Mexico Department of Transportation in June of 2009. Prior to retirement, he joined the staff of Nelson Funeral Home, doing evening and weekend transports and cemetery set-ups.

  • For those who served

    Photo by Theresa Wesner

    Darren Cordova y Calor were the headliners of Sunday’s Fourth Annual Salute to the Troops, which brought hundreds of spectators and dancing music fans to Las Vegas’ Plaza Park.

    Cordova and his band were joined by the artist Gonzalo, who joined with Abby Sanger for helping organize the event, along with Cuarenta y Cinco and others, in entertaining the crowd.

    Gonzalo and others thanked the City of Las Vegas for allowing an all-day closure of the plaza and Bridge Street and helping the event run smoothly.