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Today's News

  • Justice speaks out about DWI case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a decision by former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to fire a prison guard arrested for drunken driving, but the court’s longest serving member describes the outcome as “unjust” although legally correct.

    In an unusual display of personal views in a court ruling, Justice Patricio Serna wrote, “I cannot remain silent about something that matters and seems unfair to me.”

  • More bad judgment

    The saga of LeeEtte and Jay Quintana continues, only this time it’s taking place in Mora, where Mrs. Quintana now works as a principal. There, at Mora Elementary School, she brought her husband, an accused child  sex offender, on campus for an after-school activity. Not surprisingly, the backlash has been severe.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 26, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The root of all ...

    Money. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, because I don’t have enough of it.

    Oh, I know, you think I shouldn’t complain because I’m paid the big bucks to run the Optic. And, yes, I know I should be thankful for my seven-figure salary — I just wish those seven digits didn’t include the two to the right of the decimal point.

    Still, unlike a lot of people, I’m fortunate to have all the necessities of life.

  • Lady Dons take St. Mike’s title

    Marrisa Cordova and the West Las Vegas defense handcuffed tournament host St. Michael’s in Saturday afternoon’s championship game, staging a 9-1 victory in Santa Fe.

    Cordova was credited with nine strikeouts in the Lady Dons’ commanding effort against one of their primary softball rivals.

    West (7-3) opened strong and didn’t slow down, exploiting Lady Horsemen miscues en route to an 8-1 advantage through three innings of play.

  • Pecos’ Varela leads list of state qualifiers

    The high school track and field season is just a few weeks old, and Pecos senior Antonio Varela has already qualified for the New Mexico state championship meet.

    He’s not alone. A number of others, including several from the Las Vegas area, have also punched their tickets to May’s big competitions at Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium.

  • Cardinals edge Dons 8-7

    Mike Salazar caught Jose Juan Montaño’s potential game-tying or game-winning shot to shallow center field on Saturday afternoon, sealing an exciting 8-7 win for Robertson over West Las Vegas at the WLV diamond.

    The game brought a close to a two-day round-robin quadrangular hosted on both sides of Cinder Road.

    Robertson led since the first inning, when it took a 4-0 head start. But the Dons kept chipping away at the lead and had it down to a single run with two runners on and two out in the bottom of the seventh.

  • Cowboys fall in Pueblo

    The No. 18 New Mexico Highlands Cowboys (18-6, 11-4) crashed to earth over the weekend, dropping the first three games of a road series at Colorado State-Pueblo.

    CSUP won 8-4 on Friday and swept Saturday’s twinbill 10-3 and 7-0.

    Eric Maupin led the Cowboys offensively in game one, going 3 of 5 with a double;. Clay Mohr was 2 for 3 with a triple and one run batted in.

    In game two of the series, NMHU’s Kyle Davis hit a solo home run that would hold as the team’s lone extra-base hit.

  • Louisville back in the Final Four

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Once upon a time, Billy Donovan took Rick Pitino on an improbable ride to the Final Four.

    Twenty-five years later, Pitino is heading back after another unbelievable run — one capped with an amazing late-game rally that left his old protege wondering what the heck happened.

    Freshman forward Chane Behanan made the go-ahead basket with 1:06 left Saturday and Pitino’s fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals outscored Florida by 15 points over the final 10 minutes for a 72-68 victory in the West Regional final.

  • Buckeyes advance, eliminate No. 1 seed Syracuse

    The Associated Press

    BOSTON  — Ohio State coach Thad Matta sized up his team in the middle of the season and had it figured for an early loss when the NCAA tournament came around.

    The final weekend of March Madness is next, and the Buckeyes will be there.