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Today's News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 20, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Food banks brace for more demand
    SANTA FE — With food stamp reductions set to kick in this month, New Mexico’s food banks and other organizations are bracing for even more requests over the holiday season.
    Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, total $5 billion nationally. Federal officials say through next September, the cuts will mean a loss of $47 million in money for food going to 442,000 New Mexicans.

  • Where was Gary King?

    It took six months, but the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico — joined by three landowners — has carried through on its threat to sue Mora County.

    The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Albuquerque, contends that the community rights ordinance approved in April, which bans oil and gas operations in the county, is unconstitutional.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 20, 2013
  • Work of Art — A super-heated topic

    We were leaving a high school play that I had directed, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson. It was exactly this time of year, and the weather conditions were identical to what’s happening tonight: chimneys blowing over, fences being uprooted, animals shivering.

  • Crespin edges Lanzas

    It didn’t come easy, but Arturo “El Toro” Crespin got the better of his latest opponent and bounced back from a loss with a victory over a veteran middleweight.

    Crespin earned a split decision win after going eight rounds with Julio Cesar Lanzas of Colorado Springs in the main event of a Saturday night professional boxing card in Albuquerque.

    Two of the three judges favored Crespin with scores of 79-72 and 78-74. A third had Lanzas winning 77-75.

  • NMHU Roundup - Cowboys roll to 3-0 start after road sweep

    NMHU Sports Information and Optic reports

    The Cowboy basketball team, led by head coach Joe Harge, improved its record to 3-0 after a weekend sweep over Montana State University-Northern and Bethesda College in the Arizona Christian Tournament in Phoenix.
    NMHU 64,

    Montana State-Northern 49
    The Cowboys drew a tough  first opponent in the tourney — Montana State-Northern, ranked No. 24 in the latest NAIA national polls and boasting a 6-0 record going into Friday’s contest.

  • Lobos rise in top 20

    Staff and wire reports

    On the heels of Sunday’s 109-93 shootout win over Charleston Southern, the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team crept from No. 22 to No. 19 in this week’s Associated Press poll.

    Cameron Bairstow scored a career-high 29 points, and Alex Kirk had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Lobos.
    Breaking down this week’s poll:

    NEW No. 1: Michigan State made the one-step move to No. 1 by beating Kentucky in the 1 vs. 2 matchup last week.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 20, 2013

    Wednesday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • NMHU  women vs. University of the Southwest, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Pojoaque tourney, TBA, Pojoaque
    Saturday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Wingate, 1 p.m., Wingate
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Pojoaque tourney, TBA, Pojoaque
    Cross country

  • Cop nabs speeding bus driver

    A West Las Vegas school bus driver was cited earlier this month for speeding and reckless driving while taking students home.

    It’s been a rough month for that bus driver, John Lujan, who lost his El Llano Road home to a fire on Nov. 1.

    The speeding and reckless driving citations were issued Nov. 7, although the citation was filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court just last week.

    “That’s a warning for other bus drivers,” said San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil. “They need to slow down because of the kids.”

  • Schools get break on grad rules

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State education officials have agreed to let school districts develop their own high school graduation requirements, at least for the current school year.

    The decision follows complaints that New Mexico’s changes might prevent thousands of students from graduating.

    The Public Education Department announced the decision to allow districts to tweak state rules at a Legislative committee hearing Thursday.