Today's News

  • Legislative selections

    Earlier this year, New Mexico’s legislative districts were redrawn, leaving two House and two Senate seats to include parts of San Miguel and Mora counties. And in all four districts there are Democratic Party contests, which will be decided next Tuesday. Following are our thoughts about each of these contests.

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  • Work of Art - Fjords, and Chevies too

    We’re booked. In late July it’ll be our turn to fly across the Atlantic to visit our son, Stanley Adam, wife Lizbeth, and daughters Ellen, 3, and June, 5 months old.

    It’s our exchange for their having flown here; they’re in Washington, D.C, visiting one of my nephews, and they were due in Albuquerque on Tuesday night, a few hours after the deadline for this column.

  • Cowgirls 7th in national meet

    PUEBLO, Colo. — New Mexico Highlands University’s women finished seventh overall at the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Saturday.

    The Cowgirls secured their seventh place standing with 31 points overall, which is the most points NMHU has scored at the national championship meet.

    Eight of the 10 athletes that competed on the women’s side for the lone New Mexico school received All-American honors.

  • Alonzo’s time
  • NM boxing icon Tapia dead at 45

    AP and Optic staff reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — Johnny Tapia, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his Albuquerque home. He was 45.

    Authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, Albuquerque police spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The death didn’t appear to be suspicious, he said.

  • LV Elite excels in Albuquerque league

    Submitted to the Optic

    With the schedule winding down, the Las Vegas Elite traveling youth baseball squad has posted another strong finish.

    Wins in two of their last three games — played after this story went to press — would give the team a top-three finish in the Albuquerque USSSA league.

    Late last spring, the team finished in fifth place, the best any team in northern New Mexico has done in the league.

    “This past weekend (May 18-20) we had two big games,” said Nicholas Marrujo of the Elite.

  • Dodger stars help Isotopes down Oklahoma City

    Logging three insurance runs in the eighth inning, then withstanding a three-run Oklahoma City rally in the top of the ninth, the Albuquerque Isotopes pulled out a second straight win over the RedHawks by an identical 11-9 score Monday at Isotopes Park.

    That made it a successful weekend  for rehabbing Los Angeles Dodger stars Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera, who played for Albuquerque both Sunday and Monday on their way back to the parent club in L.A.

    Albuquerque (30-22) got good contributions from both Kemp and Rivera as they won the Oklahoma City series 3-1.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 30, 2012

    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, beginning 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Men’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, 5:30, 7 p.m., Keyes Park

  • ‘Heroes today and forever’

    A little more than a year ago, the lives of Frank Romero and Gene Hern drew to a horrific end in a trench off Cinder Road and Palo Verde.

    On Friday, their families, Gov. Susana Martinez and about 200 others gathered at the site to unveil a memorial and to recognize them as public servants who unwittingly and unknowingly gave their lives for the safety of others.

  • Class of 2012