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Today's News

  • Redbirds outlast No. 5 Warriors

    Dalan Abreu and Daniel Martinez scored touchdowns as Robertson slipped past Socorro 20-13 on Friday night.

    It was a major non-district win for the Cardinals and coach Richard Martinez. Socorro entered the weekend ranked fifth in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll for Class 3A football.

    The competitiveness of the game harkened back to another memorable Cards-Warriors meeting — in the 2006 state playoffs, when RHS squeaked out a 21-14 decision en route to a championship.

  • Wolves run by 'Pokes

    Colorado State-Pueblo running back Jamaal Johnson gained 131 rushing yards on 18 carries Saturday night at Perkins Stadium, almost singlehandedly matching the New Mexico Highlands’ offensive total (153).

    Johnson was one of seven CSUP players to gain positive yardage on the ground, helping the ThunderWolves pile up 269 rushing yards in a 35-7 win.

    The Wolves evened their overall record at 4-4 and their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference mark at 3-3; Highlands is 0-8, 0-6.

  • Details emerge of hours before death

    Las Vegan Chriselda Lopez says she was the only witness to her friend’s death in Colorado last week, other than her boy-friend, who has been charged.

    At first, Joseph Daniel Mascarenas, 18, of Las Vegas was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his sister, 16-year-old runaway, Destiney Monique Mondragon.

    But authorities in Adams County, which is part of suburban Denver, downgraded the charge to second-degree assault. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t provide an immediate explanation for that decision.

  • Math and science center started

    Highlands University’s refurbished engineering building on 11th Street will go a long way in helping students who often struggle with math and science, officials say.

    “This is going to be a building that’s really going to help our students learn to some basic math and science skills, and go on to better their lives.,” said Bill Taylor, the university’s vice president for finance and administration.

  • Mayor: No inquiry into leaks

    The city attorney may be interested in pursuing a “leak” of city e-mails, but Mayor Tony Marquez is not.

    Marquez told the Optic in an e-mail Thursday that the e-mails should have been released under the state Inspection of Public Records Act. Marquez also said he drafted a new policy in early September in response to concerns raised by the state’s attorney general.

  • ADA upgrades planned

    The mayor’s ADA committee, a group of volunteers appointed by the mayor, helps the city with compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The group also serves to address the needs of citizens with disabilities and to increase awareness in our community of the issues of handicapped people.

  • East beats West in soccer, volleyball

    Robertson picked up bragging rights with wins over West Las Vegas in soccer and volleyball this past Thursday.

    The RHS boys’ soccer team, a favorite to regain the district title, sailed to a 10-0 win at RHS Field.

    Henry Robertson’s hat trick, including the Cardinals’ fourth goal and the first two of the second half, was just the latest highlight in a strong season for the RHS junior.

    Also scoring for the Redbird kickers: Keen Martinez, Jalen Martinez, Justin Abreu, Isaac Hidalgo, Charlie Armijo and Aaron Padilla.

  • Letter: Why fix what isn't broken?

    I have no reason to doubt that Las Vegas Mayor (Tony) Marquez’s “intentions are clean and good,” as a city councilor attests, when he advocates that Las Vegas City Council meetings begin with a prayer. However, I do wonder if his intentions aren’t misguided.  The council already makes a moment of silence available for meeting goers to pray or not, as they choose. Why narrow their choices to a ceremony that may not reflect their religious beliefs, or their desire not to believe in a god?

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Prep spikers look sharper

    West Las Vegas volleyball scored a key district win Saturday, while Robertson’s spikers put a scare into top-ranked Pojoaque on the road.

    WLV defeated visiting Santa Fe Indian 25-19, 18-25, 25-14, 25-14. The Lady Braves are the No. 6 team in Class 3A — and the ninth ranked team West has played to date.

    In Jacona, No. 1 Pojoaque held off No. 3 RHS 25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 26-24. It was a considerably better show than an Oct. 1 sweep by the Elkettes over a shorthanded Lady Card group.

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  • No. 3 Horsemen win messy

    There have been some ugly moments in the long rivalry between West Las Vegas and St. Michael’s, and Saturday’s football game had a few to spare.

    St. Mike’s, the third-ranked team in Class 3A, won 42-6 to keep pace with Raton, a 48-12 victor over Pojoaque, in District 2-3A. WLV fell to 2-6 and 0-2 in district.

    For the Horsemen, the problem Saturday was penalties. Twice, they had scoring plays negated because of yellow flags, and the offense backed itself up repeatedly because of such miscues.