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  • Vote ‘yes’ on GO bonds

    New Mexico voters will decide three general obligation bond questions this November, and the Optic urges a “yes” vote on all of them.

    Combined, the GO bonds would raise $169 million for brick and mortar projects at colleges and universities, for materials for libraries and for infrastructure improvements and large purchases for our senior citizen centers.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Managing economic development

    A story came out recently in my hometown newspaper that I think people who live in other small towns and cities around New Mexico might relate to.

  • Dons win third straight

    Three-game win streak.

    Tie for first place in District 2-4A.

    And one heck of a good feeling.

    West Las Vegas’ football team reveled in all three Friday night after knocking off Taos 20-14 in the district opener at the Herrera Complex.

    Jose Juan Montaño scored the go-ahead touchdown on a quarterback keeper with 7:37 left in the ballgame, giving the Dons their first lead of the night. Although they did not convert the subsequent 2-point try, they managed to stay in front thanks to effective defense.

  • Cards put Elks down early

    So efficient was Robertson’s scoring offense (and defense) in Friday’s first quarter that you’d have thought the Cardinals were trying to end the game early so they could get home and watch something on TV.

    As it turned out, they did end the game early, albeit not at the same rapid-fire pace they started with. As for their postgame TV plans, it might’ve included their own Football Friday Night highlights.

  • Cowboys edge Mountaineers

    Zach Tapia calmly drilled a 46-yard field goal with no time remaining in regulation to lift New Mexico Highlands to a rousing 46-43 victory over Western State Colorado on a cool Saturday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowboys and Mountaineers are both 3-4 overall.

    Highlands blew a 30-16 lead in the fourth quarter, allowing Western State a 27-6 surge that hijacked control.

    Mountaineer Austin Ekeler broke free for a 32-yard rushing touchdown to push his team ahead 43-36 with just 1:27 left.

  • ‘Beasties’ top Taos in key clash

    With a convincing 5-1 triumph in the first of two meetings with district archrival Taos, the Robertson girls’ soccer team took a major step closer to the district title on Saturday.

    Seniors Caitlin Diefendorf and Alexis DeVries scored two goals apiece and Siah Trudell-Mills added one, all in the first half, as the Lady Cardinals dealt Taos its worst defeat to date.

    Robertson is 14-3 overall and unbeaten at 5-0 in district with a rematch against the Lady Tigers (11-4-1) coming this Thursday at RHS Field.

  • Digging the pink

    Dominating the game at the net with explosive hitting and timely blocking, West Las Vegas swept visiting Robertson in a District 2-4A volleyball match Thursday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Both teams wore special pink uniforms, and the gym was decked out with balloons, signs and even floor decals with the same rosy color in honor of the fight against breast cancer. Many fans also wore pink or the special T-shirts sold for the cause.

  • Clutch effort lifts Cowgirls

    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands broke a 1-1 stalemate by scoring a pair of second-half goals within 15 seconds, and the Cowgirls picked up a critical three points with a 3-1 win against CSU-Pueblo Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Oct. 20, 2014

    Monday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Portales, 5 p.m., RHS Field
    • Robertson girls at Portales, 3 p.m., Portales
    Volleyball
    • Robertson (A,B,C) at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona

    Wednesday
    Football
    • Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas Middle School, 5 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    Thursday
    Cross country

  • Murder trial under way

    The prosecution and defense in the Joseph “Wicked” Montoya murder trial agreed on a great deal during their opening statements to the jury on Wednesday.