Today's News

  • Heavy metal art exhibit surely ‘rocks’

    By Linda Wooten-Green
    Submitted to the Optic

    Heavy Metal: Does this sound like a headliner rock band to you? No, it’s not a rock band, but well describes the March/ April exhibit at the Las Vegas Arts Council (Gallery 140) featuring artists out of New Mexico Highlands University’s foundry.

    The exhibit will be on display from March 5 to April 29. The gallery is open, usually, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. An artist reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the Las Vegas Arts Council.

  • Que Pasa - March 9, 2012

    • Fiesta De La Hispanidad cultural showcase starts at 6:30 p.m with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets for this year’s show are $4.Call 454-3238 for ticket information.


  • Colts, Manning go separate ways

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning is getting an early glimpse into life as a free agent.

    Hours after a tearful, trying farewell news conference in Indianapolis, Manning flew back to his home in Miami and was immediately peppered with questions about his next landing spot. He’d better get used to it. The scene is likely to play out at every destination he visits until he decides where to play next season.

  • Cards make Final Four

    Justin Bustos shredded the Shiprock Chieftains for three dozen points — including a whopping 16 in the first quarter alone — and led Robertson to a 95-63 triumph over Shiprock on Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 9, 2012

    • NMHU at Nebraska-Kearney, 3 p.m., Kearney, Neb.
    • Robertson at Socorro tournament, TBA, Socorro
    • Class 3A boys’ state tournament semifinal: Robertson vs. St. Michael’s, 9:45 a.m., The Pit, Albuquerque
    • Class 2A girls’ state tournament final: Mora-Navajo Pine winner vs. Texico-Navajo Prep winner, 6 p.m., The Pit, Albuquerque

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  • Mora girls survive

    A couple of consecutive three-pointers by Angel Valencia and a go-ahead bucket by Andrea Romero with just a couple seconds left propelled the Mora Rangerettes past a well-prepared Clayton team 47-45 in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A girls’ state basketball tournament on Tuesday afternoon in Rio Rancho.

  • Lady Cards rally not enough vs. SFIS

    Falling behind by 14 points at halftime, the Robertson Lady Cardinals chopped all but five points off that lead late in the third quarter — only to see Santa Fe Indian pull away again.

    The final result? The defending state champions broke free with a 68-47 win Tuesday night, eliminating Robertson from the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

  • Cowgirl softball rides again

    Las Vegas Optic

    Lynette Directo went 6 for 7 with a home run and two RBI in two games Wednesday, helping Highlands sweep Western New Mexico 6-0 and 12-3 at Cowgirl Field.

    Jenelle Klassen earned complete-game pitching wins, stirking out six Mustangs while allowing just two earned runs.

    The Cowgirls (11-12 overall, 6-4 RMAC) have won three straight.

  • Rec league volleyball planned

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is now taking team registrations for its spring 2012 co-ed volleyball league.

    Games will be played on Wednesdays beginning April 4 and continuing until May 9.

    A single-elimination tournament will follow.

    League is considered non-competitive fun league class B and C, and rec center staff will referee games.

    Team registrations will be taken through March 30. Team fee is $150.