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Today's News

  • Dons bounce back by beating Taos

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    TAOS — Adrian Rivera is off to a roaring start this basketball season.

    The West Las Vegas post scored 31 points in a monster effort against host Taos on Thursday night in the opening game of the Tigers’ own tournament. The Dons (1-1) prevailed 63-55 and will play Goddard at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the tourney semifinals.

    Tomas Benavidez added 12 points and Fabian Varela cleaned the glass for 13 rebounds to help West down the stretch.

  • Lady Dons rout Taos in season hoops debut

    West Las Vegas raced out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back as the Lady Dons opened the season with a 51-32 win over Taos at the Gillie Lopez Gym on Monday.

    The Lady Tigers managed to pull within five midway through the first period, but the Lady Dons held on for a 12-7 first period lead.

    “We let them get back in the game,” said head coach Jose Medina. “We started to relax and we were not following through on defense and we weren’t rotating well on our press. “

  • Peek still riding high in PRCA finals, just barely

    In tie-down roping, Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo., is still the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings leader with $156,475, but Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., who was third in 8.2 for round five, moved closer to the lead with $155,755. Peek stayed in front by finishing sixth in 8.9 and earning $2,704.

    Herrin is the average leader with an aggregate of 42.6 for five NFR rounds.

    The PRCA National Finals Rodeo is ongoing this week in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Peek is the brother of Jon Peek, who coaches New Mexico Highlands University’s rodeo team.

  • Pecos hoopsters win first game

    The Pecos Panthers won their first game of the season Saturday night 69-68 over the Escalante Lobos, a night after dropping a 75-70 decision to Tularosa.

    Tim Baca scored 28 points and Joseph Gonzales added 18 in the winning game against Escalante. Head coach Clyde Sanchez said his team had left a lot of their legs on the hardwood the night before in Tularosa, but the Panthers managed to pull out the contest on a Ricardo Ortiz free throw with seconds remaining after Baca hit a pair of charity tosses to tie the game at 68. Ortiz added 13 points for Pecos in the winning effort.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Lady Dons unbeaten in shootout

    Four Lady Dons finished in double figures Saturday night as West Las Vegas completed an undefeated three-day run in the seventh annual Brian Gallegos Invitational at the Wilson Complex.

    In the de-facto championship game of the round-robin shootout, WLV (4-0) sailed to a 68-51 win over Ruidoso.

    Linda Esquibel, playing her usual aggressive offense, scored 16 points to pace the Lady Dons. Geneva Rivera had 14, and Kristen Encinias and Vanessa Lucero 10 apiece.

  • Gardening through the two winters

    We tend to think of winter as a time when nothing will grow, but from the plant’s perspective, there are really two winters, and we can take advantage of that fact to have spring veggies sooner than anyone else.

    We can say there are two chronologically distinct winters from the plants’ perspective because there are two factors impacting plant growth in the winter months- limited sunlight and cold climate. The two overlap, but do not occur at exactly the same times.

  • Local girls' teams win big as shootout begins

    Decisive victories with notable contributions from the reserves as well as the starters. That’s what Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball teams got in the opening day of the Brian Gallegos Invitational on Thursday.

    West Las Vegas broke open a relatively close game with Socorro to win big, 65-37. And in the nightcap, Robertson blew out an overmatched young Shiprock Northwest team 84-17.

    In the other day one game, Ruidoso routed Raton 64-24.

  • Judge issues new rules in RHS hazing case

    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe judge placed new restrictions on former Robertson High School football players who are awaiting trial on rape and other charges in a highly publicized hazing case.

    Six players were kicked off the team and out of school and charged with rape, kidnapping and other counts. They were accused of sodomizing teammates with broomsticks during a team training camp in August outside Las Vegas.

  • Doyle, Warriors overpower young RHS hoopsters

    Hamilton Doyle may have a bittersweet recollection of the Meadow City, given his history in town, but after his return Thursday night, he had reason to smile.

    Doyle, now the head coach at Socorro, guided his Warriors to a 54-34 decision over Robertson at Mike Marr Gymnasium.

    It wasn’t the prettiest win, rife with turnovers and subpar shooting for both squads.

    Standout 6-5 post Baski Baker was a steadying presence for Socorro early on, giving the Warriors an edge after the young Cardinals threatened to make things interesting.

  • Woman: City didn't follow its process

    A former city secretary who has sued her ex-employer contends the city failed to respond to her grievance in 2005.

    Last month, the former secretary, Pearl Maes, responded to a city request to dismiss her lawsuit claiming breach of contract and retaliatory discharge.

    Maes, who worked for the city from 2001 to 2006, disagreed with the city’s argument that she didn’t pursue her grievance that she made in April 2005. In that grievance, she accused Councilman Cruz Roybal of harassing her for her alleged support for then-Councilman Eugene Romero.