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Today's News

  • Final D-II football poll out

    Previously ranked 17th in the nation, Valdosta State (Ga.)  surprised No. 2 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 35-7 in the NCAA Division II national football  championship game.

    That propelled the Blazers to a unanimous No. 1 ranking in the final American Football Coaches Association poll of the season despite a 12-2 overall record.

    A couple of New Mexico Highlands’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals remained in the AFCA Top 25 after representing the league in the national playoffs.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 19, 2012

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Mora Middle School girls vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Mora

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys (A,B) at Springer, 4 p.m., Springer
    • Mora girls (A,B) at Springer, 4 p.m., Springer
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Bernalillo, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Portales, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Santa Rosa downs Mora

    Host Santa Rosa defeated Mora in boys’ basketball action Monday night, 72-57.

    The Rangers (4-2) will look to regroup with a game in Springer on Thursday afternoon; junior varsity tip-off is 4 p.m. Mora and head coach James Branch will host the Tri-City Tournament next week, Dec. 27-29, at Montoya Gym.

    The Lions (2-2) were to play at Pecos on Tuesday at Sanchez Gym.

  • Horrific impetus

    In the wake of the terrifying massacre in Newtown, Conn., where 20 little children and six educators were killed by a lone gunman, the nation has started up yet another debate over guns. Only this time, President Obama is weighing in.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 19, 2012
  • Work of Art - A fresh, new topic

    Months back in this space I mentioned some of the extremely specific topics I’ve covered since this column began in 2003.

    Would you believe one of the columns analyzed the word “up,” and how it can be used in many contexts, as in finish up, grow up, wise up, etc., without necessarily having anything to do with direction.

    Another column discussed the way people end their sentences with “so ...,” and, you know, another like parsed the overuse of “like” and “ya know.”     

  • Kids present during shooting

    Two children were inside the Calle Contenta residence when a woman was shot in the face last week, and one of them was lying in a bassinet directly behind the woman who was shot, recently filed court documents reveal.

    That has the 23-year-old Las Vegas man who told police the gun went off accidentally while he was playing with it in hot water.

  • At least 3 plan to seek re-election

    On Tuesday, anyone interested in running for seats on area school boards will have a chance.

    School districts across the state will hold elections on Feb. 5. Besides electing school board members, voters will also get their say on bond and mill levy questions.

  • Oops - Cause of trailer mishap unknown

    A city of Las Vegas trailer being used to haul heavy equipment back to City Hall flipped over at the intersection of Grand Avenue and National on Thursday, forcing authorities to shut down a portion of Grand Avenue for more than four hours.

    The accident happened at about 4 p.m.

    City Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz said no one was injured in the incident. He said the cause is still unknown, and police are still investigating it.

  • Massacre sparks soul-searching

    By Jim Fitzgerald and John Christoffersen
    The Associated Press

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The massacre of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims.