Today's News

  • Buckeyes run over Ducks

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones.

    The Buckeyes’ third-stringer matched Oregon’s Heisman winner as Cardale Jones led Ohio State past Marcus Mariota and the Ducks 42-20 in the first College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Finding Isaiah - NM native Rogers starting point guard for California school

    Isaiah Rogers was happy to get to spend some quality time with his family from the Las Vegas and Mora communities over the holiday break.

    But the visit was cut short, because basketball practice was calling in Bakersfield, Calif.

    Rogers is a redshirt sophomore and starting point guard for the Bakersfield College Renegades, a school affiliated with the California Community College Athletic Association.

  • Red means ‘Stop’
  • Highlands’ Hargrave pins down weekly accolade

    Submitted to the Optic

    Easton Hargrave’s effort was a significant contributor to New Mexico Highlands wrestling team’s successful trek to his old stomping grounds in the Pacific Northwest this past weekend.

    Hargrave on Monday was named the Subway Eat Fresh NMHU Student-Athlete of the Week.

    The Cowboys went unbeaten in the Gut Check Duals in Olympia, Wash., winning four duals plus an exhibition to improve to 5-0 on the winter.

  • Broncos’ Fox out in Denver

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  — John Elway is looking for a new coach after agreeing to part ways with John Fox following Denver’s latest playoff meltdown.

    Fox won the AFC West all four of his years in Denver, but each of those seasons ended in ugly fashion in the playoffs, culminating with Sunday’s 24-13 upset by Indianapolis.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 14

    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., WLV

    • Robertson boys vs. St. Mike’s at St. Michael’s Shootout, 7 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Pecos, 4 p.m., Pecos


  • Past may haunt board hopefuls

    Child abuse. Possession of cocaine. DWI.

    A check of local court records by the Optic revealed that four of the individuals who filed to run in Las Vegas school board elections have previously had brushes with the law, racking up serious charges.

    Three of those individuals are running for seats on the West Las Vegas School Board, with the fourth running for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board.

    Both school board elections will take place on Feb. 3.

  • New magistrate judges - Rivera, Montaño host investiture

    Las Vegas Optic

    Two new judges have been officially in office for a week and on Friday a ceremony was held in their honor to mark the beginning of a new era at the courthouse. In a packed magistrate courtroom, magistrate judges Melanie Rivera and Christian Montaño took their oaths and were robed by each of their families. Rivera replaced former judge Chris Najar who has since entered retirement. Montaño replaced Eddy Gallegos, who he handily defeated in the general election in November. Montaño was sworn in by former judge Philip Romero.

  • Lawmakers want more money for education

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Education and child welfare initiatives would get more money under a budget proposal released Friday by a New Mexico legislative committee, but lawmakers warned that overall spending next year could be curtailed if oil prices continue to fall.

    The plan from the Legislative Finance Committee would increase spending in New Mexico by more than $140 million next year, with an additional $71 million for public schools and another $25 million for expanding early childhood initiatives.

  • Attorney general outlines agenda

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The practice of hiring private lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the New Mexico attorney general’s office is under review, newly elected Attorney General Hector Balderas said Thursday.