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Today's News

  • LCC’s Martinez receives student-athlete honor

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College student Montanna Martinez has been selected to represent LCC as its nominee in the 2014 All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Martinez will be placed in competition for the All-USA Community College Academic Team, Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, and the New Century Scholars Awards.  Phi Theta Kappa headquarters will notify scholars of their placement on national teams by April.

  • Stu Clark tickets on sale

    Advance tickets for the 60th annual Stu Clark Tournament are now on sale, and the tournament lineup has been released to the public.

    The tourney runs from Thursday, Dec. 26, to Saturday, Dec. 28, at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

    Last year’s champions, the Capital High Jaguars of Santa Fe, and the runner-up Central High Bobcats from the Phoenix area, will have a rematch in the first round of the Stu to highlight the first day of games. That contest is scheduled as part of the opening session on Thursday the 26th.

  • NM Bowl kicks off full slate

    The Associated Press

    SPOKANE, Wash.  — Washington State coach Mike Leach disputes the notion that running backs are under-utilized in his Air Raid offense.

    Washington State may run the ball less than half as much as the Cougars’ opponents, but the running backs catch a lot of passes.

    “They are the best athletes out there, with rare exceptions,” Leach said this week as Washington State (6-6) prepared to face Colorado State (7-6) in Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl. “You have to get running backs the football.”

  • 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.