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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - July 27, 2011

    TODAY HOY

  • Students acquire certification

    Submitted to the Optic

    Six Luna Community College students did something  no others have done in New Mexico — complete national and state certifications as journeyman carpenters through a post-secondary institution.

    Michael Montaño, John Silva, Joseph Gomez, Charles Montoya, Michael Valdez and Raymond Mora went through building technology courses offered at Luna Community College in collaboration with the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

  • Wild West attitude still prevalent

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The arrest of Albuquerque’s chief criminal judge on charges he raped a prostitute is just the latest example of a seemingly wild West-no-rules-attitude permeating numerous levels of authority in New Mexico.

  • Teen thought he would die in attack

    By Rachel D’Oro
    Associated Press

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — The teens had been advised to play dead if they encountered a grizzly during their excursion in the Alaska wilderness.

    But with the massive, snarling bear suddenly looming over them, 17-year-old Sam Gottsegen of Denver and the other participants of a backcountry survival course did what so many others would have done: They ran.

  • In Brief - Cochiti Lake to remain closed

    From The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will likely be the middle of August before Cochiti Lake is reopened.

    The lake and surrounding recreation areas were shut down June 29 because of the Las Conchas fire. The threat now is from flooding and the potential for large debris to wash down from the mountains above the lake.

  • ‘Football is back’

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    WASHINGTON — Let’s talk Peyton Manning touchdown passes, not antitrust lawsuits.

    Let’s talk Troy Polamalu interceptions, not court interventions.
    And let’s talk football, not lockout.

    Finally, 4 1/2 months after the NFL’s first work stoppage in 24 years, Commissioner Roger Goodell could say the words fans awaited: “Football’s back.”
    With a frenzy.

  • Picks contest returns


    With Monday’s announcement that, yes, the National Football League will have a 2011-12 season after all, the wheels are in motion for the return of the Optic’s annual football picks competition.

    Every week of the pro and college football season, participants are asked to submit their predictions for the upcoming weekend’s NFL and select college games. The Optic will e-mail weekly lineups, collect picks, keep tabs of the standings and crown a champion by season’s end.

  • RHS graduate coaching Hornets

    By Richard Tripp
    For the Optic

    Derek Maestas’ dream of becoming a head football coach is now a reality. The 1999 Robertson grad and former football player is now the head football coach at Albuquerque’s Highland  High School, replacing Gary Sanchez.

    Maestas is attempting to return the Hornets program back to the glory days of Bill Gentry and Judge Chavez and Mark Henry, who guided the program to a 6-0 state championship win over Clovis in 1989.
    Excerpts of my interview with Maestas follow.

  • Headed To LCC
  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 27, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Tecolote vs. Balls Deep, 6:30 p.m., Louisville Chuggers vs. Young Bucks, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    THURSDAY
    Softball

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s game: Yo Momma vs. Vegas Boys, 6:30 p.m., city complex

    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s game: Alta Vista vs. Bud-Dick’s-Night Owl, 7:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park