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Today's News

  • Analysis: Rural NM risks loss

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Rural New Mexico and part of the city of Albuquerque are on the political chopping block as lawmakers consider how to redraw boundaries of legislative districts to adjust for population changes during the past decade.

    Eastern and north-central portions of the state are at risk of losing representation in the Legislature because the region’s growth since 2000 has lagged behind statewide population increases. The same is true for central sections of Albuquerque.

  • Appointee to remain on board

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request by labor unions to oust Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointee to a board that enforces New Mexico’s collective bargaining law for government workers.

    Despite the court’s ruling, a legal tug-of-war over the Public Employee Labor Relations Board may not be over.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 9, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Officer accused

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Santa Fe woman says the New Mexico state police officer caught on video having sex on the hood of his patrol car propositioned her in April during her drunken-driving arrest.

    Elizabeth Enriquez testified Wednesday in Santa Fe that officer Bert Lopez told her she made his patrol car smell good. And the married woman said the officer asked if she ever thought about having someone on the side to “play with.”

  • West graduates launch solo music careers

    For years, singing siblings Fabian Montaño and Anita Lopez — both West Las Vegas grads — have enchanted listeners as members of Mariachi Paisano del Valle. Now both of them have launched solo careers, with a joint CD release dance set for 9 p.m. today, Sept. 9 at the Night Owl.

    Here is the Optic’s Q&A interview with the two:

    1. You've performed for years as part of mariachi groups. What made you decide to do a solo album?  

  • Xplosion wins Labor Day tourney

    The Las Vegas Xplosion 11-and-under team won eight of its nine games en route to a championship in the Rio Rancho USSSA softball tournament over Labor Day weekend.

    It’s another state championship for eight of the 10 team members, who also won in July as part of the Las Vegas Little League 10-11 All-Stars.

    After edging the Sundancers 9-8 on Monday, Las Vegas earned a rematch with Illusion, which had beaten the team 6-1 earlier in the tournament.

    Illusion features members from the elite Albuquerque Little League Eastdale team.

  • Cowboys look to ride winning momentum

    Having already matched last year’s win total thanks to a dramatic 43-36 overtime win over Eastern New Mexico in Portales, the New Mexico

    Highlands football team can double that this weekend.

    The opponent for Highlands’ home opener is Oklahoma Panhandle State, which lost 34-23 to Missouri S&T in its first game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Lady Cards nip Rangerettes

    Mary Bustos and her Robertson Lady Cardinal volleyball team evened their season record at 1-1 Tuesday night at the expense of visiting Mora, but the Rangerettes (5-2) and Jacquelyn Sanchez likely felt like winners nonetheless.

  • RHS soccer sweeps Monte del Sol

    Keen Martinez’s surge to the net delivered the game-winning goal in overtime Tuesday afternoon, and Robertson won in boys’ soccer against Monte del Sol by a 3-2 count.

    It was the first win for head coach Clarence Montoya and his team, who next host Portales on Sept. 15. The RHS boys are 1-2.

    Caitlin Diefendorf and Elena Martinez each scored a hat trick as Robertson’s girls’ soccer team defeated Monte del Sol 6-0 in the nightcap.

  • Go Fish - Sept. 9. 2011

    Fishing report, Sept. 6

    Coyote Creek: Flow is 1.2 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Sept. 9, 2011

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Santa Rosa, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 7 p.m., Tucumcari
    • Wagon Mound-Roy-Mosquero vs. Hondo, 4:30 p.m., TBA
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at West Texas A&M tournament (vs. Incarnate  Word, 9:30 a.m.; vs. Wayland Baptist, 4 p.m.), Canyon Texas
    • Pecos at St. Michael’s, 5:30 p.m., Santa Fe

    SATURDAY
    Cross country