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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 1, 2012
  • Editor's note: Best-and-worst assessments

    So there you have it, the top stories of 2011, selected by a small but thoughtful group of readers and editors at the Optic. Of course it’s an entirely subjective listing, but it’s still a good exercise in historic benchmarking, and it’s thought-provoking to say the least.

  • 2011 a year of change in LV sports

    A quick rundown of some of 2011’s top local sports stories:
    Tragic losses

    Fabian Trujillo, an All-American runner for Highlands and a mentor to fellow runners and basketball players in the community, died in a car crash early in the year. At the time of his death, he had been Robertson’s cross country coach.

    Henry O. Sanchez, former mayor and longtime basketball coach, died of a heart attack in September.

    Former NMHU football coach Fred Bleil lost a battle with cancer in September.

  • Lady Cards 2nd in Goddard

    Jamie Allen and Jenna Rhoads were named to the all-tournament team of the Goddard Invitational after helping Robertson take second place in the event this past week.

    The Lady Cardinals rocked host Goddard 62-42 in Tuesday’s opener, getting 23 points from Allen and 14 from Kendra Montoya.

    In the semifinals, Allen tallied 27 as Robertson edged Gadsden 58-55; Shannen Lopez added eight points for RHS.

  • Redbirds return to Stu final

    For the third time in as many seasons, the Robertson Cardinals have made it a December to remember, reaching the championship game of the Stu Clark Tournament.

    Robertson shook off a pesky Moriarty squad with a 24-point fourth quarter to win 65-53 in Thursday’s semifinals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 1, 2012

    SUNDAY
    No varsity events scheduled

    MONDAY
    No varsity events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls vs. St. Michael’s (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls at Pojoaque (A, B,C), 4 p.m., Jacona

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys vs. St. Michael’s (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling

  • Bin Laden’s death tops ‘11 list

    By David Crary
    AP National Writer

    NEW YORK — The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

  • Vegas man charged with bigamy

    An 85-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with bigamy after state police obtained evidence that the man had not legally divorced his first wife, according to reports.

    Joe M. Olivas of 1210 Montezuma Ave. was arrested Tuesday. He was charged with a single count of bigamy, a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico.

    According to the statement of probable cause, Olivas admitted to being aware that he was married to two women, saying he “was lonely” after more than two years apart from his wife.

  • Luna board tables employee raises

    The employees of Luna Community College will have to wait at least a little longer before a decision is made regarding raises.

    On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees tabled a mid-year compensation increase as some of the trustees questioned the fairness of the proposed increase.

    The board is now scheduled to take up the issue again on Jan. 14.

  • Senior Profile - Jane Hyatt

    Jane N. Hyatt calls herself a curmudgeon (a surly or bad-tempered person). Maybe so, but a loveable one, who shoots straight, and that’s often preferred to mealy-mouthing.

    A Las Vegan since her arrival in 1992, she’s also an accomplished writer, but more on that later.