Today's News

  • Dons bomb Raton in 44-point rout

    Twelve West Las Vegas players got into the scorebook Thursday night and the Dons began their District 2-3A campaign by doubling up Raton 82-38 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West (6-13) was on pace to score 100, but the mercy-rule running clock — triggered when the lead hits 35 — made for a quick second half.

    The spread hit 63-28 midway through the third quarter after a Mike Ortiz three-pointer and stayed in 35-plus territory after a Martin Castellano three-ball moments later.

  • Highlands pentathlete makes strong return

    Less than a year after a season-ending injury and subsequent surgery, New Mexico Highlands’ Danisha Phipps opened the 2013 indoor track and field season with a personal record of 3,337 points in Thursday’s Air Force meet in Colorado Springs.

    Phipps’ point total placed her fourth out of 35 — a field of mostly Division I athletes — and moved her into the top 10 nationally among Division II pentathletes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 28, 2013

    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS gym
    • Mora Middle School boys vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos (RESCHEDULED FROM JAN. 25)
    • Memorial Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., MMS gym


  • Rangerettes close out Clayton

    Sinking nine of 10 free throws in the final period, Mora beat Clayton 42-25 Friday in girls’ basketball, improving to 14-2.

    Mora got 16 points from Chantel Rivera and 15 from Destiny Pacheco and seven from Gerdy Herrera.

    The Yellow Jackets led 17-16 at half, but Mora held them to two points in the third quarter.

  • Campos gets 1 more year

    The stage was set for a showdown Wednesday night over a proposed two-year contract extension for Luna Community College President Pete Campos.

    But a last-minute compromise avoided that showdown, with the board voting 6-1 to grant Campos a one-year contract extension, meaning that Campos will be at the school’s helm through at least June 30, 2014.

  • Passenger shot during bizarre chase

    State police are continuing to investigate a bizarre incident in Mora County in which a teen sustained a gunshot wound Saturday night as people in two separate vehicles shot at the vehicle she was a passenger in.

    State police Lt. Robert McDonald said Thursday that no suspects had yet been arrested.

    The harrowing ordeal occurred at around 10:45 p.m. Saturday as the teen was on her way back from Taos.

    Near Holman Elementary School, a dark extended cab truck was traveling north as the Green Honda the victim was in was headed south.

  • Senior profile - Betty Quick

    By Lupita P.Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Betty Quick’s surname aptly defines her character — petite, lively, eager, unceremonious, and at least 15 other adjectives embodied by the word, quick. Those who know Betty would probably agree that the name is apt for her. And one further clarification straight from Ms. Quick: “It’s not Elizabeth …  I am Betty!”

  • A day of service for UWC students

    By Emily Withnall

    They hammered boards, raked fields, scrubbed a shelter, stuffed envelopes, and more.
    On Monday, 25 work crews made up of students, community members and volunteers spread out to help with myriad service projects in Montezuma, Las Vegas, Ribera, and Watrous in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. through service has become a tradition at UWC-USA and across the nation; MLK Day was designated as the National Day of Service by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • No one injured in school blaze

    A small trash can and paper towel dispenser fire caused the evacuation of Tony Serna Jr. Elementary on Tuesday morning.

    Students and staff all evacuated safely as city of Las Vegas fire crews reported to the small fire that was confined to a boys bathroom on the southwest part of the building.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson said an 8-year-old male student brought a lighter from home and lit a paper towel on fire in the bathroom. The boy’s name wasn’t released because of federal privacy laws.

  • Cops: Murders were planned

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — For at least a week, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego had been planning the attack, authorities said.

    After shooting his mother and three siblings in their beds, he ambushed his father as the pastor returned home from an overnight shift at a homeless shelter. Then the teen reloaded the family’s rifles.