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Today's News

  • Cowboys at Mavs to open RMAC slate

    Nobody can accuse the New Mexico Highlands University football team of having cupcakes on its non-conference schedule this season.

    It’s been a tough start for the Cowboys, who opened with games at Fort Hays State out of the rugged MIAA conference and at Northern Arizona, a member of the NCAA Division I “subdivision,” formerly I-AA, one rung below the big schools. Highlands lost at FHSU 44-0 and at NAU 68-10. While the Cowboys have averaged 168.5 yards of offense a game, they’ve given up 550.5.

  • West rejects hazing suspects

    Four of the suspects in the alleged hazing at a Robertson High School football camp last month tried to become students at West Las Vegas High School.

    West’s principal, Gene Parson, doesn’t want that to happen. He decided Thursday to bar the four from entering his school, officials said this morning.

    Last week, a hearing officer for the Las Vegas City Schools, June Romero, decided to suspend the four for the rest of the year.

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report for Sept. 9

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

    Red River Hatchery Pond: On Sept. 1, Jonas Morrison, 8, of Peralta, caught a 19-inch rainbow trout. He was using a black/brown spotted Panther Martin.

  • County gets funds for business

    San Miguel County is set to get $500,000 to construct a building to be used by a local company, which officials say is part of the effort to bolster job-creating businesses.

    The money will pay for a 20,000-square-foot spec building at the wood business park. Once the building is completed, it will be made available through the lease of the building from San Miguel County to Old Wood Products, which is owned by David Old.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Recruiters starting earlier and earlier

    I am a big fan of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program on Sunday mornings as the show brings up a variety of topics within the sports arena. Recently a show caught my eye about how early college coaches and starting to recruit student-athletes to attend their institutions.

    It was interesting to see that many of these athletes are being recruited before, during and after their freshman year in high school.

  • Las Vegas hires new animal control supervisor

    The new supervisor of the city’s animal shelter says everyone is welcome to visit the animals, spend some time with the ones they may want to adopt and get to know them.

    “I want this to be a friendly place,” Kelly Eversole said. “I could be harder on people about not getting their vaccinations or spaying and neutering, but I would rather help pet owners better understand how to care for the animals.”

  • Rangerettes capture second NRG volleyball title in a row

    Leslie Vigil and her Mora Rangerettes have won their second consecutive championship in the Northern Rio Grande Volleyball Tournament held this past weekend at McCurdy.

    Mora came out of pool play Friday seeded second.

    In round one of the tournament Mora rebounded from a close loss in the first set to defeat Dulce 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 26-24.

  • Optic opens NFL picks contest to public

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    The Optic is inviting you to take part in the free Las Vegas Optic Power Picks contest beginning with this coming week, Week 2 of the NFL season.

    Each week (shortly after the conclusion of Monday Night Football broadcasts) the paper will e-mail participants a copy of the week’s NFL game lineup. Participants are asked to e-mail back with predicted winners; deadline is midnight Wednesday (11:59 p.m. Wednesday).

  • 'Take it like a man'

    Four Robertson High School football players agreed to medical examinations for sexual assault after accusing upperclassmen of sodomizing them with broomsticks during a football training camp last month, state police said.

    The younger players on the team were told to “take it like a man” or “get it 10 times worse later,” state police said in a 102-page report on their investigation released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Safety.

  • City to renovate council chambers

    The City Council decided last week to go ahead with renovating its chambers, but the cost is much higher than originally estimated.

    The council voted 3-1 to enter a $165,000 contract with Franken Construction to expand the chambers and make several improvements. Franken, which gets nearly every local government project, beat two other bidders.

    The contract’s cost is considerably higher than the $20,000 to $30,000 estimated earlier this year.