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Today's News

  • Author Maurice Sendak dies

    By Hillel Italie
    AP National Writer

    NEW YORK — Maurice Sendak didn't think of himself as a children's author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood.

    "I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people," he explained to The Associated Press last fall. "And if you didn't paint them in little blue, pink and yellow, it's even more interesting."

  • Sound decisions

    We’re glad to see Las Vegas city officials being conservative in their budget work for the coming fiscal year. City Manager Timothy Dodge and his staff have offered up a flat $43.2 million budget even though revenue is likely to increase. It’s sound fiscal management to tuck away the additional money instead of finding something to spend it on, and we hope the City Council approves a budget with essentially the same bottom line.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 9, 2012
  • Work of Art - The word was ‘tie-teh’

    The rate of exchange didn’t fluctuate much for people like your resident doorman who doubles as a columnist.

    The few quarters I carry in my pocket remain there, even after an exchange of pleasantries and cash as my entry fee to local businesses.    

    We’re referring to two things here: My habit of asking for a quarter tip when I hold the door open for someone; and the ceaseless greetings by some mendicants who ask for “spare change” of customers when they enter — and leave — restaurants.

  • Cowboys open RMAC tourney

    New Mexico Highlands University’s baseball team finished the regular season much like it started.

    The Cowboys are riding an eight-game winning streak heading into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday in Pueblo, Colo.

  • Banner year for Lady Dons
  • State golf: Three locals in top 20

    While Socorro’s Kristen Cline broke loose with a four-stroke lead on day one of the Class 1A-3A state golf tournament, a trio of Meadow City girls was among the top 20 in the standings.

    The tournament, being hosted by the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course, was to conclude Tuesday after this issue went to press.

    Cline, who won state in 2010, shot a 77 in the first round, good enough for a four-stroke cushion atop the leaderboard on the girls’ side.

  • RHS girls win district, lead 3A list

    The Robertson Lady Cardinals capped their regular season with a District 2-3A title and now have momentum rolling into this coming weekend’s Class 3A state championships at UNM in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals set several season bests and roped in individual honors galore.

    Las Vegas has a couple of state-leading performers looking for titles this weekend. Robertson’s Brian Maestas in the boys’ mile, and West Las Vegas’ Danielle Gurule in the discus, an event she won last May.

  • RMAC meet delayed

    RMAC and Optic staff reports

    GUNNISON, Colo. — Rain and snow caused slick and wet conditions in Mountaineer Bowl on Monday, which led officials to suspend the second day of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    A modified schedule for the three-day meet was to be followed on Tuesday.

    A few events did take place as scheduled. Highlights of NMHU women:

  • Tough draws for Mora, Pecos

    Pecos and Mora softball teams didn’t catch any breaks in their pairings for the Class 2A state softball tourney, which opens Wednesday in Rio Rancho.

    Pecos (15-11) is the No. 13 seed and plays No. 4 Rehoboth (18-3). No. 12 Mora (13-12-1) has to play No. 5 Jal, the defending state champ. It’s the second year in a row Mora opens with a defending champ after drawing Loving last postseason.