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Today's News

  • Branch guides young Rangers squad

    Submitted to the Optic

    This year’s version of the Mora Rangers boys’ basketball team should be most intriguing.

    The Rangers were on the verge of competing for the 2014 state championship, but adversity hit the team when three returning starters transferred prior to the season beginning on Nov. 4, leaving Coach James Branch with a team composed of two seniors, six sophomores, and two freshmen on the varsity squad.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 20

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado-Colorado Springs, 5 and 7 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Española Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Portales, 4 p.m., Portales
    Wrestling
    • Robertson at Greeley, TBA, Greeley, Colo.

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado State-Pueblo, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Portales, 1 p.m., Portales
    Wrestling

  • Aggies get even in Pit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Even though New Mexico State jumped out to an early 18-point lead, Aggies coach Marvin Menzies knew it was going to take a big play at the end to secure a win against rival New Mexico.

    That’s exactly what he got when Renaldo Dixon batted away a fastbreak layup attempt with 34 seconds remaining that would have tied it.

    Instead, New Mexico State held on for a 67-61 victory over the Lobos.

  • BREAKING: New Mexico Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage legal

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state Thursday, declaring in a ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.

    New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.

    Eight of the state's 33 counties started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August, when a county clerk in southern New Mexico independently decided to allow the unions. County officials asked the high court to clarify the law and establish a uniform state policy on gay marriage.

  • East wants consolidation vote

    School district consolidation has been a hot issue for years. During a board meeting late last week, Las Vegas City Schools board member Luis Ortiz revealed a rough draft resolution that could potentially be approved by the boards of both the Las Vegas Schools and West Las Vegas Schools. If both boards approve the measure, the idea of consolidation of districts would be sent to the voters.

    Ortiz brought up the measure for information, but the board took no action during Thursday evening’s meeting.

  • It’s up!
  • Acequias, city duke it out in court

    Attorneys for the city and area acequias fired their opening shots Monday morning during a trial that will ultimately resolve who has priority over use of water on the Gallinas.

    Both sides conceded during their opening arguments in state District Court in Las Vegas that there’s a lot at stake.

  • Judge: NSA program likely unconstitutional

    By Frederic J. Frommer
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration’s arguments, is the first of its kind on the controversial program.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 18, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Dec. 13 — Four West Las Vegas High School football players have  been named to the Associated Press All-State Football Team. They are Frank Sanchez, Mike Tejada, Wilfred Garduno and Ray Collins. The team is coached by Frank Herrera. AP writer Jim Irwin said that Sanchez may be the second player in the history of state football to become a four-year pick for All State, thus emulating the truly fine football player from Eunice, Tommy Gruber, a few years back.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 18, 2013

    Fort Union holiday open house
    • Fort Union National  Monument’s Holiday Open House, Thursday, Dec. 19. Join the staff of Fort Union for the holiday celebration. Featured activities include: 2:30 p.m. Ranger presentation “Fort Union’s Connection to the Local Communities: Then and Now,” make 19th-century toys including corn husk dolls and Whirlygigs. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 425-8025.