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  • Sanchez challenges Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Leveo Sanchez has issued a “Challenge Grant” to the Las Vegas community that could go as high as $10,000. The funds will support MainStreet de Las Vegas to implement projects for 2012. Every dollar received in memberships and donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000. Contributions of any size will count. Donations are fully tax deductible, as MainStreet is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit corporation.

  • Power plays out in 2012

    The year that’s about to end has been tumultuous both nationally and internationally. In the Middle East, revolutions took seed, sometimes toppling entrenched powers within a matter of weeks, and setting off a global reaction. On every continent there has been protests over one apparent injustice or the other.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 28, 2011
  • Work of Art: Ignorance is not bliss

    It’s a pity to be guilty of what I condemn, but just a few weeks after criticizing the “ignorance is bliss” stance of some people, particularly politicians, I find myself having done the same thing.

    Let me explain.

  • Stu Clark opens today

    Unlike some recent editions, this year’s 58th annual Stu Clark Tournament figures to have ideal weather for a strong turnout at the Wilson Complex.

    No major snow is in the forecast this week, meaning roads should be clear, making for easy travel to and from the event. And the nippy temperatures simply make the warm Highlands gym all the more inviting.

    Still, one of the Stu Clark Tournament’s most distinguished and loyal fans won’t be in attendance.

  • Brees breaks Marino mark for season passing yards

    By Brett Martel
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW ORLEANS — Quite a night for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints — a record and a rout.

    Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held for nearly three decades, and New Orleans clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Falcons.

    Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, the last a 9-yard strike to Darren Sproles that set the record with 2:51 to go.

  • NFL 2011: Good, bad and ugly

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    With one week to go in the post-lockout season, it’s not too early to look at the success stories and utter failures of the NFL.

    Celebrations are warranted in Houston, Detroit and San Francisco. In Denver and Cincinnati, too — even if their teams don’t make the playoffs.

  • MMS girls wrap successful fall

    Submited to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School seventh grade girls’ basketball team completed its season with a couple of road wins at Raton and Mora.

    Defense and balanced scoring have been the Lady Cardinals’ trademark all season and this last weekend was no exception. The seventh graders defeated the Lady Tigers 47 to 4.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 28, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Northern New Mexico, 9 p.m., TBA
    • Stu Clark Tournament: Moriarty vs. Silver, 1 p.m., Capital vs. St. Pius X, 3 p.m., Bernalillo vs. West Las Vegas, 6 p.m., Portales vs. Robertson, 8 p.m.; Wilson Complex
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell

    THURSDAY
    Basketball
    • Stu Clark Tournament: consolation bracket play, teams TBA, 1 and 3 p.m.; semifinals, teams TBA, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • A Sara Harris Christmas

    If you think you go all out on your holiday decorating chances are you haven’t seen Sara Harris’ house during the Christmas season.

    The Victorian home on Fifth Street she and her husband, Jay, live in is transformed into a virtual Christmas wonderland this time of year, complete with Santas, villages, angels, an heirloom nativity scene and more than a dozen meticulously decorated trees, each one with its own theme.