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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 17, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! TWO U.S. NURSES INFECTED WITH EBOLA
    Two Texas health care workers tested positive for Ebola, and now public health officials are trying to figure out how they got it, given that they wore full protective gear while caring for an Ebola patient who later died. This is a frightening development, one that has the head of the Centers for Disease Control saying we need to rethink how we provide care. The World Health Organization is calling the outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

    THUMBS UP! BLUE RIBBON

  • Editorial cartoon - Oct. 17, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Eugenio Romero wins, East bolts

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    The stage was set for the momentous election to choose the first mayor of the combined city of east and west Las Vegas. It was July 18, 1882, and the racially charged contest was an obvious and heated struggle between Hispanics in Old Town, and Anglos in New Town, whose population in just three years equaled or exceeded that of the west side.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 17, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Wall Street Journal on ISIS (Oct. 8):
    A month ago President Obama ordered the world’s greatest military “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. America’s word isn’t what it used to be. As we went to press on Tuesday, ISIS was on the verge of a major military victory in Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city along Syria’s border with Turkey.

  • All at home - Cardinals, Dons, Cowboys all play in town

    Football fans of the Meadow City, this one’s for you.

    All three local gridiron teams are playing home games this weekend.

    Defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Robertson will kick off district play against Pojoaque Valley at 7 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium. Coach Leroy Gonzalez’ group is 7-0 and averaging more than 287 rush yards per game. The visiting Elks are 3-4, coming off a 35-7 loss to St. Michael’s.

  • Quintana wins 2nd in a row

    West Las Vegas’ Joedy Quintana triumphed in her second consecutive golf tournament Tuesday, winning the Robertson High Invitational by three strokes.

    The tourney was hosted by the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    Quintana, who won last week’s WLV Invitational by shooting an 83 at Highlands’ Gene Torres Golf Course, has already qualified for the Class 1A-4A state tournament.

  • District openers in volleyball both go 4

    West Las Vegas defeated Taos in four games on Tuesday night in the District 2-4A opener, held in Taos.

    The Lady Dons started strong with 25-17 and 25-12 wins. But the Lady Tigers rallied and won a slugfest in game three, 26-24. West then closed out the night with a decisive 25-15 result in the fourth set.

    It was the second match in as many nights for the Lady Dons, who took Class 5A’s third-ranked Española Valley to four games in defeat Monday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West is ranked sixth in Class 4A.

  • Highlands’ Koster earns 2nd award

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands senior Jared Koster is the first repeat athlete of the Subway Eat Fresh Student-Athlete of the Week honor.

    Against Colorado Mesa on Oct. 11, Koster led the New Mexico Highlands football team (2-4, 2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) for the sixth time in tackled. He recorded 12 solo tackles and five assisted tackles for 17 total tackles, the second-most in a game this season for the linebacker. He also recorded two tackles for loss.

  • Spaulding, Villanueva honored at WLV

    Submitted to the Optic

    Kyanna Spaulding and Kevin Villanueva have been selected as West Las Vegas Student-Athletes of the Month for October.

    Kyanna Spaulding is a junior and is an active member of the Lady Dons volleyball team. Spaulding is maintaining a 4.10 GPA and plans on attending Georgetown University upon graduation in 2016. She says her goal is to become a Hoya and pursue a degree in political science and political communication. Spaulding adds she plans to continue her education beyond her B.A. and work towards a degree in law.

  • RMAC hoops polls released

    After finishing 11-15 overall — and 8-14 in league play — last winter, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team found itself on the outside looking in when playoffs rolled around.

    New head coach Craig Snow, whose credentials include a stint as an assistant for Craig Neal and the New Mexico Lobos, looks to improve on that finish.

    Snow takes over for Joe Harge.

    The Cowboys are projected to finish 10th in the 14-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, per a preseason coaches’ poll released this week.