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Today's News

  • Work of Art - Love, hate: It’s about time

    We’d been only about four hours into Daylight Saving (not Savings) Time when Bonnie asked her perennial question: “What time is it?”

    “It’s 6 o’clock,” I answered, barely awake. “No! I’m asking you what time is it really?” Oh, I get it. “Really” doesn’t refer to the time on the clocks, which I had spent ages dutifully resetting to synchronize with DST, early last Sunday; “really” really refers to the time is was before that back-breaking clock-resetting period hours before.

  • Mr. 500: Jones reaches milestone

    Reaching his 500th career coaching victory came earlier than expected for New Mexico Highlands University baseball’s Steve Jones.

    A home sweep of Adams State on the weekend of March 1-3 had bumped Jones’ record to 496-354, putting him within four games of history.

    But with a four-game road series ahead at a very tough Colorado State-Pueblo club, it looked safe to schedule the Win No. 500 party for the following week.

  • Junior Cardinal Classic

    Submitted to the Optic
    Results from the 26th annual Junior Cardinal Wrestling Classic hosted by Robertson wrestling Feb. 25-March 2:

    Kindergarten and first grade division medalists
    Group 1
    Elijah Ortiz 1
    Trent Abeyta Crespin 2
    Osten Lujan 3
    Santiago Ortega 4

    Group 2
    Nico Ulibarri 1
    David Armijo 2
    Tyler Gonzales 3
    Ethan Oswald 4

    Group 3
    Shilyn Velarde 1
    Aimee Montoya 2
    Sammy Gomez 3
    Eliana Griego 4

    Group 4
    James Montoya 1
    Justin Vigil 2
    Esequiel Mascarenas 3
    Nathan Gonzales 4
    Group 5
    Jesse James Gonzalez 1
    Juan Duran 2
    Lorenzo Lujan 3
    Evan Vigil 4

  • Lobos seek higher ground as MWC tourney opens

    By Glen Rosales
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico was almost an afterthought when play began in the Mountain West Conference.

    The Mountain West, which ended up with the country’s top ranking in terms of RPI, begins its conference tournament in Las Vegas with the Lobos coming in as regular-season champions and looking to add some more hardware.

  • Jolene Martinez excels at Lamar

    Former Robertson wing Jolene Martinez nailed a game-winning three-point basket with 19 seconds left in regulation, boosting Lamar (Colo.) Community College to a 73-71 victory over Trinidad State on Feb. 19 in Trinidad, Colo.

    A few games earlier in the season, Martinez swished critical free throws to seal a win for the Runnin’ Lopes, also over TSJC, on Jan. 15.

    It was that kind of season for Martinez. As a freshman, the onetime Lady Cardinal provided a spark for Lamar’s resurgent women’s basketball program, which finished 18-13 under new head coach Timm Dixon.

  • State tourneys include three local referees

    Running down the fabled ramp of The Pit is a thrill not limited to high school basketball players and coaches getting deep enough into the state tournaments to earn that privilege.
    It’s also quite a joy for the referees.

    Getting selected to officiate the state tournament games is considered an honor reserved for some of the better qualified referees representing each of the regions around New Mexico each year.

  • Isotopes tickets go on sale March 16

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Tickets for individual Albuquerque Isotopes games will go on sale to the public 9 a.m. Saturday at Isotopes Park and online. The day also includes the team’s annual Select-A-Seat and National Anthem Auditions.

    Beginning promptly at 9, single game tickets will be available for purchase at the Isotopes Park Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.abqisotopes.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Seventh-grade MMS boys finish 20-3

    Memorial Middle School’s seventh-grade boys’ basketball team recently wrapped up a dominant season with a 60-16 victory over West Las Vegas Feb. 27 at the MMS gym.

    Later, WLVMS defeated MMS in the season-ending eighth-grade boys’ game, 43-37.

    For the seventh-graders from MMS, it was another day at the office in what has been a strong winter.

    Led by head coach Benny Ortiz and assistant Jeff Houdek, the Cardinals posted a 20-3 overall record that includes several “B” team games and forfeits.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 13, 2013

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santo Domingo (DH), 3 p.m., Santo Domingo Pueblo
    Basketball
    • Class B state tournament boys’ quarterfinals, beginning 8 a.m., Bernalillo
    • Class 2A state tournament boys’ quarterfinal: Pecos vs. Mesilla Valley, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    Softball
    • NMHU at Oklahoma Panhandle State (DH), 1 p.m., Stilwell, Okla.

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas at Questa, 4 p.m., Questa
    Basketball
    • Class 2A state tournament boys’ semifinals, TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

  • Anti-tethering law in effect

    The city of Las Vegas is getting ready to begin enforcing its anti-tethering ordinance, and it’s reaching out to the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico for help in educating people about the law and assisting those with limited means to come into compliance.