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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 21, 2016
  • Work of Art: Time is money — and then some

    Remember when a nickel would buy us a candy bar or a bottle of pop? And even a penny amounted to something when inserted into a gumball machine. I recall that the Coke machine in the mechanics’ area at B.M. Werley Auto Company, the Ford dealership on Grand and University, got rid of possibly the last nickel pop machine in town, charging a dime for the “new and improved” product.  

    And the jerks that replaced the machine didn’t even provide a bottle larger than the six-ounce drink we received.

  • 2 fast - Rushers lead Cards, Dons to decisive victories; Highlands has forgettable showing in Flagstaff

    Darion Williams rushed for 334 yards and four touchdowns Saturday, trampling the well-manicured lawn at Albuquerque Academy and leading West Las Vegas to a 56-23 win.

    The Dons are 3-1 as they head into homecoming week and the start of the District 2-4A schedule.

  • Coca strides to win at Manzano

    A cross country race turned into a dogfight, but on this Saturday morning, Miguel Coca was the baddest dog around.

    The West Las Vegas junior outkicked foes from Albuquerque High and Sandia to crash the finish line in a winning time of 16:13 to highlight the Manzano Invitational.

    Coca’s effort led the Dons to a fifth place team finish.

    “He ran tough; he ran smart,” said WLV head coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo. “He started behind (the front of the pack) and made his move.”

  • Beasties blank Bernalillo 7-0

    Gabriella Montoya and Maricela Montoya scored two goals apiece and added two assists each as Robertson bashed Bernalillo 7-0 in girls’ soccer Saturday morning at RHS Field.

    Leann Salazar had two goals and one assist, and Victoria Valdez chipped in one goal and an assist for the Lady Cardinals AKA Beastie Girls (5-2-2 overall).

    Kaelee Montaño, Miranda Montoya and Brooke Vigil were each credited with assists.

    Robertson controlled the ball well through the midfield and back line, meaning few scoring chances for the Spartans.

  • Lady Dons take down Aztec

    West Las Vegas earned its second volleyball win of the fall over the weekend, dropping Aztec in three sets on the road.
    Game scores were 25-16, 25-15, 26-24.

    The Lady Dons, who host Socorro in a homecoming match Wednesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym, improved to 2-5 under first-year head coach Elizabeth Ulibarri.

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    Robertson finished eighth in the Gold bracket of this past weekend’s Santa Fe tournament.

  • LV: Mixed results vs. Crush

    Submitted to the Optic

    While the 9-10 version of the Las Vegas Outlaws youth football team continues to roll, some of their Meadow City counterparts had a tougher time of it against Pojoaque on Saturday.

    With C.J. Perez throwing for three touchdown passes — to Ethan Tafoya, Zeke Villegas and Josh Martinez — the 9-10 Outlaws (4-0) shut out the visiting Pojoaque Crush 19-0.

  • Home stretch for Scully

    By Beth Harris
    AP Sports Writer

    LOS ANGELES — As an 8-year-old in the Bronx, Vin Scully would grab a pillow, put it under his family’s four-legged radio and lay his head directly under the speaker to hear whatever college football game was on the air in 1936.

    With a snack of saltine crackers and a glass of milk nearby, the red-haired boy was transfixed by the crowd’s roar that raised goosebumps. He thought about how much he’d like to be at the game. As time went on, he thought he’d like to call the action himself.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 21, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Football
    • Memorial Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Española, 4 p.m., Española
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys JV vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., RHS Field
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) vs. Socorro (homecoming), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    THURSDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls and boys at Taos, 4 and 6 p.m., Taos
    Volleyball
    • Memorial Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

  • Non-profits feeling slighted

    Several nonprofits the city of Las Vegas contracts with to promote economic development and other community projects for the city staged a revolt during last week’s City Council work session.