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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 12, 2017
  • Work of Art: Dream was no big deal

    Last night I had a dream. I could call it a science fiction dream, but that would be redundant, as, in retrospect, most of my dreams turn out to be unrealistic.

    No, I didn’t dream about Catherine Zeta Jones (and if I ever do, I’ll make sure my wife doesn’t hear about.) This dream lacked the kind of CZJ excitement others might dream about. Instead it was on a topic that usually causes my tummy to tie up in knots.

    But enough suspense:

  • Remembering Danielle

    Tributes to Danielle Cordova were everywhere over the weekend, painting softball fields across the Land of Enchantment with Bernalillo red and New Mexico Highlands purple.

    Cordova, 19, died in a single-car accident while traveling north on Interstate 25 this past Wednesday night. She was headed back to school at NMHU after a visit with family in her native Bernalillo.

  • Vatos earn return to sevens finals

    New Mexico Highlands’ Vatos are headed back to the big dance of small-college rugby.

    The Vatos upended Iowa Central Community College 24-10 Saturday in the final of the National Small College Rugby Organization “sevens” qualifier hosted by Tulane University.

    The Vatos avenged a 12-0 defeat to the Iowa school in pool play to emerge as one of the national tournament qualifiers.

  • Archuleta shines on both sides for West

    West Las Vegas baseball (8-6-1) won its first game of a scheduled doubleheader with Pojoaque Valley 3-2, getting a walk-off victory on James Archuleta’s RBI hit to end the game.

    Archuleta went the distance on the mound for the Dons, holding the Elks to seven hits in as many innings, striking out five.

    Game two was knotted up at 4-4 when it was called due to darkness after nine innings. A makeup will only be set if the outcome will impact the district standings at season’s end, according to WLV officials.

  • Four in a row
  • Opening day
  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 12, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • Robertson at Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson JV vs. Hope Christian (DH), 4 p.m., MMS Field
    Softball
    • Luna Community College vs. Adams State (DH), 3 p.m., TBA
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Robertson (DH), 3 p.m., WLV Field

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 p.m., Colorado Springs

  • West OKs reorganization plan

    The West Las Vegas School board approved a plan on Thursday evening to reorganize its elementary schools.

  • Crazy about Swayze - Late actor’s memorabilia to be auctioned; ‘Dirty Dancing’ star kept ties to LV area

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    An auction featuring actor Patrick Swayze’s estate will include items from the San Miguel County ranch he and his wife purchased in 1997.

    A three-time Golden Globe nominee who became an instant celebrity after the 1987 hit film “Dirty Dancing,” Swayze died in September 2009 after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.