https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en College football: Cowboys win wild Homecoming with gutsy call at end https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/college-football-cowboys-win-wild-homecoming-gutsy-call-end <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/eli_schoettmer_craig_mccrae_cj_white.jpg" alt="Highlands linebacker Eli Schoettmer brings down a South Dakota School of Mines ballcarrier in Saturday&#039;s game as Craig McCrae (47) and C.J. White pursue. The Cowboys rallied to win their back-and-forth Homecoming game, 53-52, by scoring and getting a 2-point conversion in the game&#039;s final minute. " title="Highlands linebacker Eli Schoettmer brings down a South Dakota School of Mines ballcarrier in Saturday&#039;s game as Craig McCrae (47) and C.J. White pursue. The Cowboys rallied to win their back-and-forth Homecoming game, 53-52, by scoring and getting a 2-point conversion in the game&#039;s final minute. " align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> Go for the tie &mdash; or go for the win?</p> <p> New Mexico Highlands coach Marty Fine and his staff had no hesitation as they faced that situation after scoring a touchdown to cut the South Dakota Mines lead to 52-51 with 40 seconds remaining in the game &mdash; go for two and the win.</p> Cardinal boys fall behind early in 2-1 loss to Horsemen https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/cardinal-boys-fall-behind-early-2-1-loss-horsemen <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/esteban_woodlee_larranaga.jpg" alt="Robertson&#039;s Justin Woodlee, center, and Brandon Larrañaga, right, try to keep the ball away from St. Michaels&#039; Esteban Rigales in Saturday&#039;s District 2-3A boys soccer match. The Cardinals lost to St. Michaels, 2-1, and will host Bosque School on Friday at 3 p.m. to wrap the regular season." title="Robertson&#039;s Justin Woodlee, center, and Brandon Larrañaga, right, try to keep the ball away from St. Michaels&#039; Esteban Rigales in Saturday&#039;s District 2-3A boys soccer match. The Cardinals lost to St. Michaels, 2-1, and will host Bosque School on Friday at 3 p.m. to wrap the regular season." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Robertson boys soccer fell behind within the first two minutes of Saturday&#39;s District 2-3A match at RHS and ended up losing to visiting St. Michael&#39;s, 2-1.</p> <p> A red card in the 47th minute, with RHS already down 2-0, meant the Cardinals (12-4 overall, 6-2 in District 2-1A/3A) had to play with only 10 men for the final 30-plus minutes of the match, though Musah Dumbia scored on a drive and cross for T.J. Trujillo with about eight minutes left in the contest to make it interesting.</p> Dons beat Horsemen for first time since 2003 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/dons-beat-horsemen-first-time-2003 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3519_1.jpg" alt="West Las Vegas quarterback John Balizan looks to throw during Friday&#039;s exciting last-second win over St. Michaels. The Dons, whose 14-13 win was their first victory over the Horsemen since 2003, play at Santa Fe Indian School on Thursday before hosting Robertson to end the regular season on Friday, Nov. 3." title="West Las Vegas quarterback John Balizan looks to throw during Friday&#039;s exciting last-second win over St. Michaels. The Dons, whose 14-13 win was their first victory over the Horsemen since 2003, play at Santa Fe Indian School on Thursday before hosting Robertson to end the regular season on Friday, Nov. 3." align="left" hspace="6" width="153" height="85" /><p> West Las Vegas quarterback John Balizan&nbsp;put&nbsp;receiver&nbsp;Omar Gallardo&nbsp;on notice&nbsp;before what turned out to be the Dons&#39; last play of&nbsp;Friday&#39;s&nbsp;game.&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;I told him, &#39;If we run this play, you&nbsp;better&nbsp;catch the&nbsp;ball,&#39;&quot; Balizan said. &quot;And he did.&quot;</p> A Las Vegas staple https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/las-vegas-staple <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10_21_popular_2_web.jpg" alt="Longtime Las Vegas fixture Popular Dry Goods has been in business since 1947. The well-stocked store is filled with merchandise from brands like Levi, Wrangler and Carhartt." title="Longtime Las Vegas fixture Popular Dry Goods has been in business since 1947. The well-stocked store is filled with merchandise from brands like Levi, Wrangler and Carhartt." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Walk through the doors of Popular Dry Goods and you&rsquo;re instantly transported back in time. That&rsquo;s what customers tell Brenda Manning, one of the managers of the longstanding western wear store on Bridge Street.</p> <p> &ldquo;You walk in, you smell the leather, and you just step back in time,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Like with most of these old buildings, that&rsquo;s what everyone feels.&rdquo;</p> Homeless shelter a dominant topic at meeting https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/homeless-shelter-dominant-topic-meeting <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10_21_lvcs_crowd_web.jpg" alt="Around 50 people crowded into the Las Vegas City School’s boardroom Thursday night where Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron sparked a long discussion by asking the district for help in possibly relocating beneficiaries from Samaritan House, a local homeless shelter. No action was taken by the Board. " title="Around 50 people crowded into the Las Vegas City School’s boardroom Thursday night where Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron sparked a long discussion by asking the district for help in possibly relocating beneficiaries from Samaritan House, a local homeless shelter. No action was taken by the Board. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Residents who live in the areas near Legion Park Elementary School and Memorial Middle School crowded into the Las Vegas City School&rsquo;s boardroom Thursday night.</p> <p> The Board of Education took public comment on a proposal by the City of Las Vegas to utilize unused school buildings as a temporary homeless shelter, should the nonprofit homeless shelter Samaritan House need to vacate its current location at 1000 Mills Ave.</p> NMHU alum is a decorated teacher https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/nmhu-alum-decorated-teacher <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/stephanie_gurule-leyba_1_of_11.jpg" alt="Stephanie Gurule-Leyba is the 2018 Highlands University Distinguished Alumnus, being honored as part of NMHU’s Homecoming week." title="Stephanie Gurule-Leyba is the 2018 Highlands University Distinguished Alumnus, being honored as part of NMHU’s Homecoming week." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> <em>By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University<br /> </em><br /> <em>EDITOR&rsquo;S NOTE: This is the second in a series of honoree profiles that coincides with Highlands University&rsquo;s 2018 Homecoming this week. Look for profiles of more NMHU award winners to be profiled in upcoming editions of the Optic.<br /> </em><br /> Stephanie Gurule-Leyba has taught medical sciences for 22 years at Capital High School in Santa Fe and received the New Mexico Educator of the Year Award in 2017 from the New Mexico Public Education Department.</p> Jail Log Sunday's Optic, October 21, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/jail-log-sundays-optic-october-21-2018 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/handcuffed_27.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, 2018:</p> LVCS board welcomes student representative https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/lvcs-board-welcomes-student-representative <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10_21_eliza_web.jpg" alt="Judge Gerald Baca welcomes Eliza M. Montoya to the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education shortly after her swearing in ceremony Thursday night. Montoya will serve as the student representative for the 2018-19 school year." title="Judge Gerald Baca welcomes Eliza M. Montoya to the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education shortly after her swearing in ceremony Thursday night. Montoya will serve as the student representative for the 2018-19 school year." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Judge Gerald Baca welcomes Eliza M. Montoya to the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education shortly after her swearing in ceremony Thursday night. Montoya will serve as the student representative for the 2018-19 school year.</p>