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Today's News

  • Looking back, looking ahead

    For this final edition for 2012, we didn’t go by our usual template. Instead of ranking the top 10 stories of the year, as we’ve done through most of the 2000s, we created an entire year-in-review section that includes a narrative, written by our managing editor, encompassing the biggest stories in no particular order. We hope you’ll find it an enjoyable and informative read.

  • Editor's Note - Predictions for the new year

    Of course this isn’t very creative — pundits far and wide love to spell out our future with the onset of each new year — but indulge me anyway, as I offer up some predictions of my own:

    Weather will continue to be a big story in 2013 — internationally, nationally and locally. Across the nation, there will be lots of extreme weather events: killer tornadoes in the South, superstorms along the eastern coastlines and oppressive heat and drought all over. An angry god won’t be the cause of it all; the onset of climate change will.

  • Penn State tops list of stories

    By Rachel Cohen
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK — The Penn State child sex abuse scandal was selected as the sports story of the year by U.S. editors and news directors in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.
    The news broke in November 2011, with a grand jury report outlining charges against Jerry Sandusky, and the outrage that followed led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. But the aftershocks were felt long into 2012: Sandusky was convicted in June of assaulting 10 boys, and the NCAA handed down brutal sanctions in July.

  • Olympians Phelps, Douglas shined

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer
    Now that he’s away from the pool, Michael Phelps can reflect — really reflect — on what he accomplished.
    Pretty amazing stuff.
    “It’s kind of nuts to think about everything I’ve gone through,” Phelps said. “I’ve finally had time to myself, to sit back and say, ‘... that really happened?’ It’s kind of shocking at times.”
    Not that his career needed a capper, but Phelps added one more honor to his staggering list of accomplishments Thursday — The Associated Press male athlete of the year.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 31, 2012

    Monday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • In Brief - Sports - Dec. 31, 2012

    Boys’ basketball:

    Pecos defeated Escalante 62-18 in the opening round of the Tri-Cities tournament. The Panthers’ blazing start was key as they sprinted to a 27-2 first-period lead and made it 45-10 by halftime... Pecos went on to beat Santa Rosa 67-41 in Friday’s semifinal to advance to the championship game against tournament host Mora.

    Girls’ basketball:
    West Las Vegas took care of visiting Wingate 86-61 on Thursday ... Pecos girls nipped Santa Rosa 36-34 Thursday to reach the consolation final a day after falling to 3A St. Mike’s 51-35 in the Lady Horsemen’s holiday tourney.

  • A year for the books

    Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe the year that was.

    It was a year in which Mike Melton kissed a pig, literally, and in public no less.

    A year that Vegas residents awoke one August morning to the sounds of helicopters hovering above as agents in dark SUVs executed raids on houses throughout the city.  
    The year that Highlands University threw a $50,000 extravaganza for President Jim Fries, complete with a sultry Marilyn Monroe lookalike singing “Happy Anniversary, Mr. President” to Fries as he sat on a throne.

  • Remembering those who left us in 2012

    A look back at 2012 would be incomplete without pausing for a moment to reflect on those who left us during the year. Below is a list of some of the area residents and those with local ties who died this year.

    Lena T. Salazar, 90, who served in the Women’s Army Auxilary during World War II, died Jan. 13. Salazar was an Army corporal and later worked for many years for Las Vegas City Schools as a nutrition specialist.

  • The year in quotes

    JANUARY

    “It’s a great way to start the year. You see so many people you know out here. ... It’s a great part of being in Las Vegas.”
    — Las Vegas resident Peter Linder, at the annual Polar Bear Plunge into Storrie Lake on New Year’s Day.

    “The long-term picture is the growth in the Hispanic population and graying population and urban growth.”
    — Jack Baker, a senior research scientist at the Census Bureau, in predicting New Mexico’s population growth.

  • 2012: The year in sports

    The following is a chronological review of the year in Las Vegas-area sports for 2012.

    Robertson’s wrestling program remained a state title contender and placed in the top three again in February’s state tournaments in Rio Rancho. Freshman Rico Montoya (39-1) and junior Joe Crespin (17-3) won their weight classes.

    The Cardinals and West Las Vegas finished one-two in the district meet held at Mike Marr Gym. Eight Cardinals and two Dons earned individual titles.