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Today's News

  • Work of Art: Skype calls are complicated

    Many people my age are thankful for there being younger people around to figure out things that often baffle us oldsters. Case in point: We received a text message from our former foreign exchange students, Phaedra Wouters and Ana Granado, asking us to join them for a conference chat at 8 Sunday morning. This call differs from so many other kinds of calls we send and receive. We panicked, as the idea of being able to see the callers is a bit of a novelty.

  • Lady Cards: SFIS champs

    “We defended the ball,” said Robertson girls’ basketball coach Leroy Barela. “We protected the ball. And we shared the ball well.”

    And as a result, the Lady Cardinals can now share a trophy, won this past weekend at the Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves Classic.

    Robertson ran its record to 5-0, its best start in several seasons, by defeating Navajo Prep 65-31 in the tourney final Saturday night.

  • Maiava honored by league

    NMHU and Optic reports

    New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball player Kaylani Maiava has been chosen this week’s RMAC Defensive Player of the Week.

    Maiava had an outstanding weekend as the Cowgirls opened up conference play in Alamosa, Colo. The Cowgirls (2-4) took down Adams State 77-62 with Maiava’s help as she had 15 points and five assists offensively. On the other end, she had eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 7, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Mora boys (A,B) vs. Pecos, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym
    Wrestling
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 4 p.m., Tucumcari

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Sandia Prep Invite: Robertson boys vs. Española Valley, 5:30 p.m.; West Las Vegas boys vs. Silver, 2 p.m.; Albuquerque
    • West Las Vegas boys JV at Bernalillo tourney, TBA, Bernalillo
    • West Las Vegas girls (B,C) vs. Cleveland, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Mora boys and girls at Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Santa Rosa

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Westminster, 5 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Rams topple Cards in state championship game

    PORTALES -- The Robertson Cardinals' undefeated season came to an end Saturday in the Class 4A state championship football game, as Portales won 43-14 at Greyhound Stadium.

    The Rams (12-1) were the No. 2 seed in the playoffs but got to host the final because Robertson had hosted the teams' most recent postseason meeting, a semifinal last November won by the Cardinals.

    For Robertson (12-1), it was a  second straight appearance in the state championship game. The Cardinals hadn't lost since the 2015 final at Hatch Valley.

  • Helping victims - Justice center here to help

    Corinne Dominguez found herself in an abusive marriage when she was 19. She sought the help of the church, but to no avail, and she eventually filed for divorce 11 months after her wedding.

    “It was pretty brutal,” she said. “My divorce was a like a year-long process.”

    Dominguez often questions how someone you love can turn into one’s worst nightmare, and wondered what  did wrong to get black eyes?

  • NMHU Dean awarded $2.9M grant

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students will have more support to complete bachelor’s degrees in science and technology disciplines and math education, thanks to a $2.9-million U.S. Department of Education grant.

    The five-year grant is designed to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who enter the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM, as well as secondary education math teachers.

  • MainStreet needs your help

    Submitted to the Optic

    Leveo Sanchez has issued a “Challenge Grant” of $10,000 to support MainStreet de Las Vegas and invites the Las Vegas community to participate.

  • Another Perspective: Is city water enhancement program dying?

    By Bob Wessely

    Numerous questions about Las Vegas’ Water Enhancement Program have been raised at City Council meetings and elsewhere over the past six months. Clear answers have not been forthcoming. We hope the problem is simply poor communication vehicles, not that unpleasant facts are being deliberately hidden.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Home is where …

    By Beth Urech

    Last year I began my Christmas column with “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” I added that here I can see the stars from my back porch. All I have to do is look up.

    Since then we have moved from Ninth to Seventh Street. I can still see the stars, and now it’s from my very own front porch. The first porch I have ever owned — attached to a sweet little bungalow, of course.