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Today's News

  • Cardinals rack up district titles

    Nine individual District 2-4A wrestling championships were added to Robertson’s hardware haul on Saturday, and the countdown is on for what could be plenty more at this week’s state tournaments.

    Robertson had already won the district team title a week earlier at McFarland Hall, crushing all opposition in the district duals to reclaim the top spot from Taos.

  • Hoops Roundup - Dons bounce back to 2-4A lead

    West Las Vegas’ boys got even with Taos on Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym, and they didn’t require leading scorer D.J. Bustos to do so.

    The Dons (18-5 overall, 3-1 in District 2-4A) won a back-and-forth slugfest 71-66, taking control in the third quarter after trailing most of the first half.

    Bustos, injured in a Thursday night comeback win at Pojoaque Valley, did not play for West. His status for this week is uncertain.

  • Lobos fall to Wolfpack in OT thriller; Aggies stay atop WAC

    The Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. — Marqueze Coleman gave Nevada the lead by hitting the first of two free throws with :35 left in overtime and AJ West put an exclamation on it by rebounding his missed second attempt and dunking, giving the Wolf Pack a 66-63 win over New Mexico Saturday night.

    Nevada trailed by eight points after Sam Logwood’s jumper with 4:14 left, but Coleman put the Wolf Pack on his back, drilling a 3-pointer and following it up with six straight free throws to put Nevada up by one, 57-56 with 1:50 to play.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Feb. 16, 2015

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Tuesday
    No local varsity events scheduled

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., WLV
    Softball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), noon, Portales

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • ‘Derelict in our duties’

    The San Miguel County Commission gave the green light Tuesday for staff to apply to the New Mexico Finance Authority for a $746,000 loan to buy several new vehicles and equipment.

    But one commissioner voted against the measure, saying the county appears to be putting the cart before the horse because a proper needs assessment doesn’t appear to have been done.

    The county is planning to buy three 4x4 pickups, two transport vans, two law enforcement vehicles, two semi-chassis units, one solid waste packer truck and one steel drum roller.

  • One, two, three . . . - Students to perform dance show

    Counting one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight was fun on Wednesday for students at Sierra Vista Elementary.

    Two classes of fourth grade students at the Las Vegas City Schools site were full of smiles and energy Wednesday as they prepared for an upcoming show. Leroy Conway and Leroy Barela’s students were bursting with energy and dance moves during the rehearsal, in preparation for the big show scheduled for today (Friday).

  • City loses portion of YCC grant

    The city of Las Vegas lost more than half of a $120,000 grant it received from the state Youth Conservation Corps to pay for work on the Riverwalk.

    The matter came up during Wednesday’s City Council meeting after Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron raised questions about a budget adjustment that was being requested.

    “We captured a portion of the YCC grant, but not all of it,” City Manager Elmer Martinez said.

    “How much of the YCC grant did we lose?” Gurule-Giron asked.

  • ‘Megadroughts’ predicted for West

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    SAN JOSE, California — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming — and they’re bound to last for decades.

    “Unprecedented drought conditions” — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains after 2050 and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances on Thursday.

  • House OKs bill to end social promotion

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico House of Representatives has voted to approve legislation that would end the social promotion of third-graders who are not proficient readers.

    After three hours of debate Wednesday night, the bill passed 38-30 with one Democrat siding with Republicans in the majority. The legislation now moves to the Senate.

    The measure by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, calls for retaining third-graders who are not reading proficiently and giving them intensive remediation.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 13, 2015

    By Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Parson contract on agenda

    West Las Vegas School District superintendent Gene Parson may just get another contract extension by the current board after all. Starting at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the district’s boardroom, the board will met in executive session for “superintendent evaluation and contract extension.”

    For the past two board meetings, the board has gone behind closed doors for Parson’s evaluation.