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  • Silva on a serious roll

    Submitted to the Optic

    She continues to set records.  

    In each of Katrin Silva’s last three ultra races, the Las Vegas-area resident has taken the women’s first place award.  

    On Oct. 19, Silva was the 1st Place Woman and 4th overall at the Deadman Peaks 50-Miler in New Mexico. Last month, Feb. 15, she was the 1st Place Woman and 9th overall at the Black Canyon 100K in Arizona.

    And on Saturday Silva was the First Place Woman and third overall at the Monument Valley 50-Miler in Utah.  

  • Madness tips off

    By John Marshall
    AP Basketball Writer
    College basketball fans, start your brackets.
    March Madness kicks into high gear this week with the start of the NCAA tournament, the time hoop heads circle the calendar like it’s Christmas.
    This year’s run through the field of 68 should be a blast — an undefeated team in the bracket, a wide-open field and a heavy dose of great players.
    So stock up the fridge, work on that fake cough to call in sick and dig the remote from under the couch cushions. It’s time to roll.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 19, 2014

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Santa Rosa (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santo Domingo (DH), 3 p.m., Santo Domingo
    Softball
    • LCC at Adams State (DH), 3 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas vs. Pecos (DH), 3 p.m., WLV field

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at St. Mike’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Socorro tournament, TBA, Socorro
    Softball

  • Another green building

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University’s new Student Union Building was certified as LEED Gold for its state-of-the-art green building features like ground-source technology to help heat and cool the building and large computerized external shades that maximize natural light while helping regulate building temperature.

    The 67,000-square-foot student union opened in Spring 2013 at the northwest corner of National Avenue and 8th St.

  • Charlie Brown revisited - ‘Peanuts’-based play set here

    For years, Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers throughout the globe. But what would Charlie Brown and company of the comic strip be like as teenagers?

    The answer may possibly be found within the upcoming theater production of “Dog see God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.” The play is an unauthorized parody based on Peanuts characters, but with different names, written by Bert V. Royal.

  • Mistrial declared in murder trial

    Editor’s note: This article is being reprinted with the permission of The Free Lance-Star.

    By Keith Epps
    The Free Lance-Star

    Almost immediately after a jury was unable to make a decision in the Arthur Gonzales murder case, Stafford’s lead prosecutor said he would put the FBI special agent on trial again.

    Gonzales, 43, is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • Gov: State DWI deaths at record low

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Alcohol-related traffic deaths in New Mexico have reached a record low after falling sharply over 10 years, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday.

    Martinez said preliminary numbers show the state saw 133 fatal alcohol-related crashes last year, a nearly 14 percent drop from 2012. That’s the lowest number of annual alcohol-related traffic deaths recorded in the state and marked a 38 percent decline from a decade ago, the governor said.

  • 5 AGs plan trip to Mexico

    The Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Attorneys general from five U.S. states plan to visit Mexico for three days starting March 24 to discuss cross-border crimes.

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office said Sunday that she will be joined by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 17, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Lights out for burglar

    ALBUQUERQUE — A 16-year-old Albuquerque boy is credited with helping stop two burglary suspects by packing quite the punch.
    KOAT-TV reports that Patrick Luna was alerted to a robbery at his sister’s home Wednesday and began inspecting the house.
    The teen told authorities that he noticed another man across the street from the home and went to confront him.

  • Looking Back - March 17, 2014

    In 1964