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Today's News

  • Lady Dons get even at RHS

    Last time these teams met — 11 days hence, to be exact — Robertson played every bit the spoiler, hanging around all game and then grabbing a big road win in the closing seconds.

    This time around, West Las Vegas’ girls did enough to prevent a repeat of that Feb. 5 result. And the Lady Cardinals’ poor shooting certainly played a role as well.

  • Campos silent on partnership bill

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, last year announced that he would support a domestic partnerships bill.

    Now it’s uncertain whether he will stick to that position.

    In an interview with the New Mexico Independent last week, Campos wouldn’t say how he would stand on domestic partnerships, which would extend many of the rights of married couples to same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

    Campos hasn’t returned the Optic’s calls on the issue over the last week.

  • Cowboy sluggers take two of three in Hobbs

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys went 2-1 in their weekend baseball series at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

    Highlands won the first game 16-2, lost the second game 13-11 and closed out the series with a win of 12-1. The Cowboys are now 6-5 on the season and have yet to start Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

     

    For more on the series, please see Tuesday's print version of the Optic.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cardinal wrestlers win 12th district title

    Five individual championships and two runner-up finishes helped the Robertson Cardinals run their string of district wrestling championships to an even dozen Saturday in Tucumcari.

    “Every wrestler stepped up thsi weekend and played a role,” said head coach Richard Martinez, who has presided over most of the team’s successful run.

  • EDITORIAL: Vote no on tax hike

    Prospective investors often look at a number of factors when considering putting their money into an organization — stability in management, soundness of decisions, financial practices.

    Taxpayers are no different.

    On March 3, voters will decide whether they want to increase property taxes to pay for projects across Luna Community College’s service area. Based on Luna’s track record of recent years, we urge taxpayers to vote no.

  • District wrestling tourney Saturday in Tucumcari

    For more than a decade, Robertson has used the district wrestling tournament as a springboard to glory in the state championship competition.

    The Cardinals have won three straight state titles and six of the last seven.

    RHS is again a favorite in the District 1A-3A duals, set to begin around 9 a.m. Saturday in Tucumcari.

    Daniel Martinez (152) has earned a slew of Outstanding Wrestler honors at various tournaments and is a two-time state champ as a sophomore.

    Wally Diaz (140) has three state titles to his credit and is in his senior campaign.

  • Rough Riders split with Dodge City

    Isaiah Dominguez gave the Luna Community College Rough Riders all the insurance they could have asked for on Monday afternoon.

    The Las Cruces freshman smashed a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Manuel Chavez, Ricardo Taddy and himself to increase Luna’s lead to 8-3.

    Then Rough Rider pitcher Eric Jaramillo and the defense held up in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory over visiting Dodge City Community College.

    Earlier, Dodge City won the doubleheader's first game 13-2.

  • West seeks another championship

    The West Las Vegas Honors Choir is on its way to to the capital city this week to defend its state title.

    It is never an east thing to try to hold on to the blue trophy, but Las Vegas’ pride, the “Voices of Angels,” as they’ve been called, will sing John Rutter’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind,” Henry Purcell’s “Sound the Trumpet” and “O’Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen.

  • EDITORIAL: Missing in action

    When the Luna Community College Board of Trustees appointed Pete Campos as president last year, its members told the public that it wasn’t a problem that Campos was also a state senator. Even though Campos would be gone for weeks at a time while attending sessions in Santa Fe.

    Unconvinced, we had deep reservations.

    Since mid-January, Campos has been largely missing in action as the college campaigns for a tax increase. Voters will decide March 3 on whether to hike their property taxes — an annual increase of $52 for a home worth $100,000.

  • Acequias seeking pact with city

    Members of local acequias are encouraging the city government to reach a short-term water-sharing agreement for the Gallinas River — at the very least.

    After that, they said they want a long-term deal with the city and the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    William Gonzales, an acequia leader, said at last week’s City Council meeting that he applauded the city’s efforts to negotiate a long-term water-sharing agreement. But he said acequias want the short-term agreement in preparation for this year’s irrigation season.