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Today's News

  • Municipal filings

    Tuesday is a big day for Las Vegas. It’s filing day for mayor and two city council seats. And judging by an undercurrent social media and “coffeeshop” talk around town, there will be a full slate of candidates running.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 9, 2012
  • Editor's Note: Conspiracy theories

    If there’s one thing that has gained traction in the Internet age, it’s conspiracy theories. They’re everywhere.

  • Mora nips Pecos in NRG final

    It wasn’t easy, but Mora and Pecos got their much-anticipated rematch in the championship game of the boys’ Northern Rio Grande Tournament on Saturday.

    The Rangers (10-1) came back from a 15-point deficit to win 64-63 in overtime, repeating as NRG champs. They also gained a measure of revenge against the Panther team (9-2) that had cut short their season-opening unbeaten streak just days earlier in Santa Rosa.
    Neither school had an easy path to the final.

  • Strong weekend for NMHU

    Billy Austin scored four points in the final seconds to lift New Mexico Highlands past visiting Fort Lewis, 96-94.

    NMHU’s men (8-6 overall, 6-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) have won three straight and four of the last five, including a sweep of weekend visitors Fort Lewis (7-5, 5-3) and Adams State (9-3, 6-3), whom the Cowboys beat 90-84 on Saturday night.

  • Wildcats settle for split vs. LV girls

    Less than two days after torching Ruidoso with 29 points, Shannen Lopez tallied 20 in Robertson’s 64-51 defeat of Lovington at Mike Marr Gym.

    Lopez scored seven of her points midway through the second quarter, when Robertson wrested control away from the Lady Wildcats.

    Lovington opened the game on a 9-0 run before RHS rallied, beginning with a Jolene Martinez three-pointer and a subsequent steal and layup. The score was 13-13 after one period.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 9, 2012

    MONDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls vs. Tucumcari, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Pojoaque (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys at Bernaliillo (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Bernalillo
    • West Las Vegas girls at Santa Rosa (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Santa Rosa

    WEDNESDAY
    No varsity events scheduled

  • Man gets 6 years for killing

    The man accused of fatally stabbing his older brother in the neck in 2010 has been sentenced to six years in prison after entering a plea in the case.

    Joseph “JoJo” Maestas, 44, had been scheduled to go on trial this week. But during a pre-trial hearing on Dec. 21, he pleaded no contest to a single count of voluntary manslaughter.

    Maestas was initially charged with an open count of murder. As part of the plea agreement, the charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter, and a second charge — tampering with evidence — was dismissed.

  • First Baby of 2012

    DelAmor Salazar-Griego made her grand entrance several weeks early to become Alta Vista Hospital’s first baby of 2012.

    She was born at 6:17 a.m. Tuesday to parents Josie Salazar of Las Vegas and David Griego of Peñasco. DelAmor is a healthy baby born with a full head of hair.

    Her original due date was Jan. 29. She now joins her other siblings: Miranda Chacon, Anthony Chacon, Leo Chacon and Macario Griego.

  • New House districts pair incumbents

    The House redistricting plan approved by a state judge this week leaves incumbents Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate and Nick Salazar, D-Ohkay Owingeh, in the same district, meaning that they’ll have to battle it out later this year if both decide to seek re-election.

    Garcia told the Optic he will seek re-election. Salazar, a state lawmaker since 1973, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that he’s considering retiring because the new map “butchers” his district and pits him against a Democrat incumbent.