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Today's News

  • Ex-NMAA officer dies

    A man who followed up years as a teacher and coach by serving as an officer in the New Mexico Activities Association has died.

    Mario Martinez, formerly an associate director with the NMAA — the organization that oversees sports and other competitive extracurricular activities in the state’s high schools — died on Sunday after a lengthy illness.

    Martinez had been a longtime teacher and coach in the state, most recently at Fort Sumner.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 28, 2012

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora Middle School girls vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Mora

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys at Taos tournament, TBA
    • Memorial Middle School, WLVMS girls at Pojoaque tournament, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Mora boys at Taos tournament, TBA

  • Lobos, Kirk beat up Portland

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Behind a double-double from post Alex Kirk, New Mexico pulled away from Portland in the second half Sunday in a 69-54 win.

    Kirk finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos (6-0), and Jamal Fenton added 12 in his first start of the season.

    Kevin Bailey, who fouled out with 11 minutes remaining, and Korey Thielke each scored 11 to lead the Pilots (2-3).

  • Isotopes release ‘13 schedule

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Albuquerque Isotopes unveiled their 2013 Pacific Coast League schedule today and also announced that ticket prices will remain unchanged for the upcoming season. The announcement was made by Isotopes General Manager John Traub.

    Albuquerque, the defending PCL American Conference Southern Division Champion, will begin their 11th season at home on April 4 against the Iowa Cubs.  The schedule is highlighted by 15 fireworks shows, including the popular July 4 Independence Day celebration. 

  • Newton stars; Carolina wins

    Submitted to the Optic

    PHILADELPHIA — Cam Newton returned to his rookie form to outshine a seventh-round draft pick starting his first game since high school.

    Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 30-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the NFC. He finished 18 of 28 for 306 yards.

  • Middle school odor identified

    Las Vegas City Schools officials say they now know what caused the rotten-egg odor that plagued Memorial Middle School for roughly a week, prompting evacuations and even shutting down the school early one week.

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez told the school board last week that a malfunctioning secondary heater unit caused the smell.

  • Dinner music
  • Water bonds moving forward

    The City Council adopted an ordinance last week that sets the stage for the city to borrow up to $25 million for water system improvements.

    The vote, which occurred last week was largely a formality. Still members of the governing body, City Manager Timothy Dodge and the city’s financial adviser hailed it as a historic moment, and the mayor and council even took a moment to pose for a photograph while signing the ordinance.

  • Pet theater performance is Wednesday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a perennial crowd pleaser featuring Gregory Popovich and his cast of jugglers, clowns and talented pets — including dogs, house cats, geese, parrots and more.

    The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater has toured more than 20 countries and is popular with audiences throughout the United States.

  • Area infant dies of whooping cough

    The Associated Press

    Health officials are warning that whooping cough is on the rise in New Mexico.

    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports that more than 670 cases have been confirmed by the state Health Department. Two of those cases — a 2-month-old girl in San Miguel County and a 4-month-old boy in Bernalillo County — were fatal.

    New Mexico ranks 10th in the nation with about 27 cases for every 100,000 people. That’s three times the national average.

    Health officials say the answer is immunization.