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Today's News

  • West bounces back vs. Ruidoso

    Four West Las Vegas players scored in double figures Friday evening to lead the Dons to an 80-65 victory over visiting Ruidoso.

    It was a bounce-back win for West (3-7), which recently endured a difficult three-day run in the Stu Clark Tournament.

    The Dons owned the opening period for a 22-8 lead and took a 45-27 spread at the break.

    “I think our kids did some of the stuff we’ve been trying to work on,” said WLV assistant coach Clyde Sanchez.

  • Mora, Pecos reach NRG final

    Pecos and Mora made it a rematch in their second consecutive tournament championship, this time in the final of the boys’ Northern Rio Grande Invitational.

    The Rangers handled McCurdy 74-48 on Friday behind 22 points from Cody Najar and 17 from Lorenzo Chavez.

    Pecos, which blew out Coronado in the opening round, did the same to Escalante on Friday night, via an 85-40 count.

    Paul C de Baca’s 20-point night led Pecos (10-1).

  • NMHU can’t stop No. 2 Metro

    For more than a half, the Highlands Cowboys remained in striking distance of an upset over the No. 2 team in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

    Then it got away from the Cowboys in a 92-71 loss Friday night at Metro State.

    The host Roadrunners, playing on their home floor the Auraria Event Center, stayed unbeaten at 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. NMHU fell to 4-7, 2-5 going into Saturday’s game at Regis, also in Denver.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 7, 2013

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Moriarty, 4 p.m., Moriarty
    • Pecos Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Pecos

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Mora, 4 p.m., WLV
    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Thursday
    Basketball

  • Key matchups figure into BCS showdown

    By Ralph D. Russo
    AP College Football Writer

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  — No. 1 Notre Dame allows 10.3 points per game, best in the nation. No. 2 Alabama allows 10.7. So the BCS championship should be a defensive struggle, right? First to 12 wins.

    Well, maybe. Those offenses are pretty good, too.

    A look at some of the key matchups in Monday night’s BCS championship game in Miami.

    • Alabama center Barrett Jones vs. Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III.

  • Highlands going green

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    Cisterns have been installed throughout the New Mexico Highlands University campus, giving the school the ability to capture hundreds of thousands of gallons of rain water for watering.

    Hybrids have been introduced into the fleet of vehicles used by the university’s security department, reducing the amount of gas they use.

    And buildings throughout the campus are being constructed and renovated in ways that cut down on the energy needed to maintain them.

  • Taking the plunge - Dozens make icy dip at Storrie

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    Apparently not content with just one dip in the frosty waters of Storrie Lake, Peter Linder went back for seconds.

    And thirds.

    The New Mexico Highlands University history professor was one of an estimated five dozen brave souls who marked New Year’s Day by trotting into the lake for the annual Las Vegas Polar Bear Plunge.

  • ‘Fiscal cliff’ deal leaves lots of issues dangling

    The Associated Press

    The “fiscal cliff” compromise on taxes leaves a big part of the nation’s budget crisis still dangling.

    Lawmakers left themselves only two months to settle differences over how much the United States should borrow and spend and where painful budget cuts should land.

    Here’s a look at some of the issues left hanging:

    • Automatic spending cuts: The deal put off dealing with the nearly $110 billion in automatic spending cuts set for this year.

  • Taxes to rise despite cliff deal

    The Associated Press

    President Barack Obama has signed a bill that boosts taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while preserving tax cuts for most American households.

    The bill, which averts a looming fiscal cliff that had threatened to plunge the nation back into recession, also extends expiring jobless benefits, prevents cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors and delays for two months billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts in defense and domestic programs.

  • Breathalyzer expansion proposed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Advocates of ignition interlock devices to combat drunken driving want to expand the requirement so that convicted offenders have to install devices in their home to detect whether they’re using alcohol.

    The proposed requirement would apply to offenders who claim they don’t have a vehicle and are not driving, said Richard Roth, director of Impact DWI.

    As a condition of probation, they would be required to have a home Breathalyzer and blow into the device in the morning and the evening.