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Today's News

  • West girls alone atop district after beating RHS

    West Las Vegas assumed sole possession of first place in District 2-4A girls' basketball after dominating Robertson 65-42 on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym. 

    The Lady Dons trailed 11-7 after the first period but broke the game open by outscoring their hosts 30-10 in the second. West got a big performance from forward Kerstin Morgan, and liberal use of the press stymied Robertson's offense all night.

    For more on the East-West weekend and other area sports, see the Optic print editions this week. 

  • Cards rally past Dons in battle of top-three rivals

    No. 2 ranked Robertson rallied past No. 3 West Las Vegas 59-56 in district boys' basketball Friday night at a packed Mike Marr Gym.

    Warren Fulgenzi sank two free throws with 5 seconds left to make it a four-point game. D.J. Bustos drew a foul from Fulgenzi during a 3-point shot with 0.5 on the clock, giving the Dons a chance. But Bustos missed the first foul shot.

    West led most of the game and it was 37-30 late in the third quarter after scores by Nicholas Gurule and Bustos. But Sebastian Gonzales led the Cardinals on a 14-2 run to take a 44-39 lead.

  • Finding Love

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A young couple sits side by side studying quietly in the library at Highlands University in 1963, their love flourishing along with their academics. Fast forward 53 years to the same couple, Pauline and Richard Rindone, who say they met the love of their life at Highlands, and the university also prepared them to be lifelong learners.

  • Man gets probation for pretending to be DEA agent

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service for impersonating a federal officer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

    Leon Herrera, 37, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in October to a felony count of impersonating a DEA agent in Colfax county in December of 2014.

    The incident stemmed from a traffic stop.

  • State lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic.

    The state was the first in to require all licensed clinicians to undergo extra training for prescribing painkillers, but now lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight opioid addiction and getting everyone on board is turning out to be a challenge.

  • Jobs report helps ease concerns a recession might be nearing

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing is shrinking, corporate profits are declining and goods are piling up on warehouse shelves. Those trends have elevated concern that a U.S. recession may loom in the next year or two.

    Yet in the one area that matters most, the economy has continued to shine: Hiring.

  • In Brief Feb. 7, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Auditor probes land grant

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state auditor is launching a probe of financial transactions at the Cebolleta Land Grant because the local subdivision of the state has not submitted required audits.

    State Auditor Tim Keller said Thursday that bringing the land grant into auditing compliance will enable the community to pursue state and federal funding.

  • Police quarrel over effort to raise bar on use of force

    By Tami Abdollah
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A police group’s proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what’s minimally required by law in violent encounters has spurred anger and pushback from leading national groups representing chiefs and rank-and-file sworn officers.

  • Clinton moves aggressively to hold off Sanders

    By Julie Pace
    AP White House Correspondent

    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Hillary Clinton has been here before, watching a political rival generate youthful enthusiasm with lofty proposals she believes are going unchallenged.

    So on Thursday, she took matters into her own hands.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 7, 2015