Today's News

  • District wrestling this weekend

    Las Vegas Optic

    Wrestlers from Pecos, Taos and Tucumcari will be in town Saturday, joining host Robertson and West Las Vegas for the individual district tournament at the McFarland Hall gymnasium.

    At stake are qualifications to the state tournament. Top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to state, which is Feb. 19-20 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Robertson is the defending Class 1A-4A state champion and returns individual state champs Johnathan Trujillo, Brad Jordan, Joseph Paul Griego and Amos Rivera.

  • Lady Cards win in OT

    A topsy-turvy game spilled into overtime, and then Robertson’s team defense went to work.

    The Lady Cardinals held No. 8 Taos to two points in overtime Wednesday night en route to a stirring 43-41 victory at Mike Marr Gym.

    It was a bounce-back effort for Robertson (12-11 overall, 2-1 District 2-4A) after losing at home to a surging West Las Vegas bunch over the weekend.

  • Lady Dons roll on

    It was a football-looking play that began to separate the No. 3 West Las Vegas girls’ team from Pojoaque Valley in an eventual 50-28 blowout Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Alisson Hill got a hold of a loose ball along the left wing, but encountered an Elkette in close quarters. So she hiked it backward like a center to a quarterback — in this case Annalysse Lucero. Lucero immediately fired up a 3-pointer.

    The basket reclaimed the lead for the Lady Dons, 9-8, to end a close first quarter.

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Feb. 12, 2016

    •NMHU at Lubbock Christian, 4 p.m., Lubbock, Texas
    •NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    •West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Valley, 4 p.m., WLVMS
    •Mora Middle School boys vs. Peñasco, 4 p.m., Mora
    Track and field

  • West cheer honored

    Las Vegas Optic

    Add another accolade to the trophy case for West Las Vegas’ cheer squad.

    The team is a recent recipient of the statewide Compete With Class award conferred by the New Mexico Activities Association, which oversees athletics and other extracurricular activities at the state’s high schools.

    The honor recognizes the WLV cheer team’s display of sportsmanship in the month of December and was announced by Sally Marquez, executive director of the NMAA.

  • LeBron salutes Kobe

    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND — With 20,000 fans roaring, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.

    One on one.

    “It was just a lot of mutual respect,” James said of the embrace. “Sometimes what is known doesn’t need to be said.”
    The two superstars shared the same floor in Cleveland for the final time on Wednesday night as the Cavaliers, despite playing the second half without Kevin Love, downed the Los Angeles Lakers 120-111 in their last game before the All-Star break.

  • School chief search progresses

    The process of selecting the next superintendent at Las Vegas City Schools has been set. During a board meeting late last week the board agreed to qualifications for next superintendent as well as the time line for the process.

    The board hired New Mexico School Boards Association Superintendent Search Service Chief Consultant Dan Patterson to guide them in the superintendent selection process. The person selected will replace outgoing superintendent Ruben Cordova who announced his resignation late last month. His resignation becomes effective at the end of April.

  • Getting their groove on
  • Thrift store volunteer charged in theft

    A 34-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with commercial burglary and tampering with evidence, both fourth-degree felonies, for allegedly stealing several boxes of clothing from the Zoe Thrift Store.

    Joshua Bustos, who resides on the 1000 block of Union Street, was a volunteer at the thrift store. He was arrested by Las Vegas police on Friday.

    The theft was discovered and reported to police on Jan. 3.

    According to a probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday:

  • AG: No fraud found with 10 providers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/node/add/newsTen nonprofits that had provided behavioral health services to needy New Mexicans were cleared Monday of fraud allegations as part of an investigation by the attorney general’s office, but state officials maintain there was still public money that was misspent.