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Today's News

  • Out with the old predictions, in with the new

    Guess I’m making it an annual thing, this review of predictions past followed by predictions present. The future is anyone’s guess.
    Last year, for my first column of 2017, I reviewed my ‘16 predictions — and didn’t do half-bad, though I didn’t ace it either — and then made some new predictions for the coming year. Let’s do it again, for ’17 and ’18:

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 5, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 5, 2017.

  • Free Highlands hoops this weekend

    Basketball fans can catch the New Mexico Highlands hoops teams in action free of charge this coming weekend.

    The school is offering free admission for NMHU men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday evenings at the Wilson Complex.

  • Lady Dons push unbeaten Moriarty; Cards rout Penasco

    Moriarty’s girls’ basketball team remained undefeated Tuesday night, picking up its 11th win, 53-50, in overtime at West Las Vegas.

    It was the closest anyone has come to beating the Pintos this season, except for Class 5A Belen, which lost by a point to Moriarty on Dec. 5.
    Kailei Edwards buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 10 seconds left in what ended up as the game-winning shot.

    Alyssa Adams scored 16 points and Emerald Russell 10 for the Pintos (11-0).

  • Home at last: Wrestlers in town for RHS triangular

    The Robertson wrestling team won a pair of duals Wednesday at McFarland Hall, beating crosstown foe West Las Vegas 51-6 and Trinidad (Colo.) 36-27 in a triangular.

    Trinidad topped the shorthanded Dons, 60-22.
    It was the first time this wrestling season that the locals had been home for a competition, and the fans turned out to support the efforts.
    RHS head coach James Mark Martinez and WLV’s Juan Montaño both said they were glad to have the chance to wrestle in town.

     

  • Free admission to Highlands hoops this weekend

    Basketball fans can catch the New Mexico Highlands hoops teams in action free of charge this coming weekend.

    "We are very thankful for the support we've been given throughout the year and want to show our appreciation to our community," said Highlands interim athletic director Craig Snow, who is also the men's head coach. "This weekend's games will be free of charge, please come out and cheer on the Cowgirls and Cowboys!"

  • Lady Dons just shy of unbeaten Moriarty

    Moriarty's girls' basketball team remained undefeated Tuesday night, picking up its 11th win 53-50 in overtime at West Las Vegas.

    It was the closest anyone has come to beating the Pintos this season, except for Class 5A Belen, which lost by a point to Moriarty on Dec. 5.

    Kailei Edwards buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 10 seconds left in what ended up as the game-winning shot. Alyssa Adams scored 16 points and Emerald Russell 10 for the Pintos (11-0).

  • Into the cold

    Theresa Wesner photo

    Monday, more than 70 swimmers braved the 9-degree weather to take the 22nd Annual Polat Plunge into Storrie Lake in an event sponsored by the Sunrise Kiwanis.

    Sunshine that began just before the event made it seem slightly warmer.

  • Two-year contract for Gutierrez

    West Las Vegas School Superintendent Chris Gutierrez will be starting this New Year with a two-year contract, offered by the school board. After two executive sessions, in which Gutierrez’s performance was evaluated, the board unanimously voted “yes” to extend the administrator’s contract for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, said Board Member Christine Ludi in a written response.

  • Thousands of meals

    By Franco Salinas, Special to the Optic

    The $1,508 raised by United World College students during the recent Aprepas for Venezuela will provide 4,500 meals to children in that country.