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  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 11, 2016
  • Another Perspective: Our country will survive

    By M.E. Sprengelmeyer

    Could you hear the audible shrieks echoing down from every ivory tower?

    Did you feel the ground moving from a temblor in the Upper Midwest?

    Did you cover your ears when the experts of the chattering class started swearing up and down about the predictions that had gone so very, very wrong?

    And could you see the talking heads quivering like frightened bobble-head dolls when they couldn’t spin the election results back to something that fit into the same old script of a conventional blow-out for the establishment?

  • State football playoffs begin

    Talk about deja vu.

    The West Las Vegas Dons don’t have to dig deep through their old game film or scorebooks to research their first opponent in the Class 4A state football playoffs.

    They were at St. Michael’s just last weekend, losing 47-8.

    As fate would have it, a New Mexico Activities Association seeding committee paired the Dons against the same Horsemen bunch against whom they ended the regular season. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex in Santa Fe.

  • State volleyball this weekend

    Going into the state tournament as a favorite hasn’t worked out in recent history for the West Las Vegas volleyball team.

    As they boarded a bus and headed to Rio Rancho on Wednesday afternoon — Destination: Santa Ana Star Center! — the Lady Dons had to hope for a surprise run as an underdog.

    West (8-13 overall under first-year coach Elizabeth Ulibarri) was to open pool play Thursday morning against a couple of the toughest teams in the Class 4A tournament.

  • Outlaws claim third in Zia playoffs; postseason rolls on

    On the heels of a third-place finish in the Zia Bowl playoffs, the 9-10 Las Vegas Outlaws are scheduled to play in the High Desert state championships this weekend in Albuquerque.

    The 9-10 Outlaws absorbed their first loss of the year in the semifinals of the Zia Bowl tourney, which wrapped up Oct. 30 in Santa Fe.

    The defending champion Los Alamos Extreme avenged an opening-day defeat at the hands of the Outlaws to advance to the title game. The Outlaws bounced back with a win over the Rio Rancho Punishers in the third-place game.

  • Pelzel earns tourney title

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU reports

    New Mexico Highlands wrestler Kellen Pelzel captured a tournament championship this past Sunday at the Oklahoma City Open.

    Pelzel, a sophomore from Centralia, Wash., was the champion at 165 lbs. in the Elite Division.

    NMHU teammate Chris Collins was runner up at 197 lbs. in the Amateur Division. Jacob Hawthorne was fourth at 174, and Mike Ramirez was fourth at 133, both in the Amateur Division.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 11, 2016

    • NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Canyon, Texas
    • NMHU women vs. Roger State, noon, Wilson Complex
    • NMHU vs. Fort Lewis, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Class 2A state tournament quarterfinals, 8 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho (semifinals to follow at 4:45 p.m.)
    • Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals, 9:45 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho (semifinals to follow at 4:45 p.m.)


  • SHOCKER: Trump pulls off comeback win

    By Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Donald Trump awakened a movement of angry working-class voters fed up with political insiders and desperate for change. On Tuesday, that movement propelled him to the White House.

    “I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time,” Trump told supporters early Wednesday. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important for me.”

  • Mora voters reject bond, Dems take control of state House

    Mora County voters weighed in Tuesday against a $1.765 million general obligation bond issue that aimed to complete the next phase of the county’s government complex.

    Voters narrowly rejected the bond, 1,135 (50.7 percent) to 1,102 (49.3 percent).

    The Democratic Party, meanwhile, has regained control of the state House, winning  more than half of the 70 seats in the chamber.

    The Mora County bond would have enabled the county to re-finance the previous bond at a lower interest rate while extending the term for 15 years.

  • Bernalillo County clerk wins secretary of state's office

    By Susan Montoya Bryan

    The Associated Press 

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver won over voters Tuesday in the race for secretary of state after touting her experience running elections in New Mexico's most populous county and vowing to restore confidence in the troubled agency.