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Today's News

  • Another Perspective — Can immigration save the GOP?

    By Bill Richardson and Eric P. Serna

    Submitted to the Optic

    As Democrats, it has been interesting to watch the GOP battle — not us — but each other as they try to save their Republican brand. In a giving spirit of the season, we offer a couple observations to our friends across the aisle.

  • Atrisco, Ortega win Stu

    One prodigal son prevailed against another in the 60th annual Stu Clark Tournament.

    Adrian Ortega, who grew up — and honed his basketball craft — in Las Vegas, guided his Atrisco Heritage Academy Jaguars to a stirring 61-54 win over Central High of Phoenix on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex. The Bobcats, a rare out-of-state team to play in the Stu, are coached by another Meadow City native, Darren Bustos.

  • 2013: Year in sports

    The Associated Press

    The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense.

    On one hand, he’s the game’s best player.

    On the other, he’s rarely impressed with himself.

  • WLV, RHS girls win on road

    Highlights from weekend games involving area teams:

    • West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team handled Wingate 67-57 on the road Friday. Junior varsity and freshman teams also won for the Lady Dons.

    • Robertson’s girls made it to the consolation final of the Roswell holiday tournament. After losing by a deuce to Class 4A Goddard (57-55) on Thursday, the Lady Cardinals won 54-50 against Hatch Valley on Friday. Saturday’s score was unavailable.

  • Bridgewater, Louisville top Hurricanes

    The Associated Press

    ORLANDO, Fla.  — Leading up to the Russell Athletic Bowl, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater batted back questions about whether the game would be his last in college.

    If it was, he left plenty for the Cardinals to remember.

    Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to help No. 18 Louisville rout Miami 36-9 on Saturday night.

    The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to the Hurricanes’ 174.

  • Organizer succumbs to cancer

    Curtis John Sollohub, a retired New Mexico Highlands University professor who was instrumental in unionizing Highlands faculty and who in later years was battling the city over acequia rights, died Monday. He was 66.

    Sollohub died peacefully at home in his bed surrounded by those who loved him, his family said. He learned in May that he had Stage IV non-small- cell lung cancer.

    “We lost a heck of a good guy in the community,” said William Gonzales, who worked closely with Sollohub on acequia issues.

  • Senior profile - Philip and Geraldine Romero

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    We’ve all known the type — achiever, or even over-achiever. These tags might be attached to Philip Romero — a public figure whom most Las Vegans recognize — he’s been an undersheriff, a county sheriff, magistrate judge, and a Polar Bear (to be explained later).

    Asked “Why do you do all these things?” Romero replied, “No me da miedo! (I’m not afraid.) Somebody has to do it — take the lead! You have a mind — a conscience.”

  • Elderly man stabbed Tuesday

    State police are investigating a Christmas Eve stabbing in Mora County.

    Authorities say the stabbing followed a home invasion on the evening of Dec. 24.

    The victim, whose name state police are withholding, was robbed and stabbed, state police said. State police were dispatched to the scene at about 6:30 p.m.

    The victim, a 69-year-old male, was initially transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for treatment. He was then transported to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for treatment of his injuries.

  • Pneumonia shots urged for adults

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State health officials are encouraging adults to get vaccinations against a pneumonia-related illness hitting New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Department of Health said this week that the vaccines for pneumococcal disease are now available at many doctors’ offices.

    Officials say so far this year, around 300 people in New Mexico have been diagnosed with severe pneumococcal disease and 47 have died from their infection.

  • NM eyes new tourism amid court ruling

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Towns and cities in New Mexico are expecting a jump in tourism from same-sex couples who now can get marriage licenses in the state following a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this month.

    Officials are planning a media blitz and gay and lesbian wedding expos in hopes of selling New Mexico as a wedding destination for couples who live in neighboring states.