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Today's News

  • Cass, Smith reap honors

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands University senior men’s basketball player Mannie Cass has been named the December Male Athlete of the Month, announced the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference office on Tuesday.

    Cass had a stellar month of December, averaging 24.2 points — while hitting double-digit scoring in five of six games — 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He broke his career best in points twice, both in double overtime thrillers that the Cowboys won by two points.

  • Maddux, Glavine, Thomas inducted

    By Ronald Blum
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK — A new generation of starting pitchers and a self-proclaimed Mr. Clean of the Steroids Era will be ushered into baseball’s Hall of Fame this summer. For tainted players, however, the doors to Cooperstown remain bolted.
    Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected on their first ballot appearances Wednesday, when Craig Biggio fell just two votes short.

  • Denver looks to shake off the past

    The Associated Press

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The last top seed to open its playoff run against a team it had just lost to at home in December was the 2008 New York Giants, who were beaten again by Philadelphia in the rematch.

    Six years later, the Denver Broncos and another Manning brother open against the San Diego Chargers, who held the highest-scoring team of the Super Bowl era to its lowest point total of the season in a 27-20 upset in Denver last month.

  • Local golfer nabs double eagle

    A Las Vegas man earned himself an early Christmas present by shooting a double eagle recently on Hole No. 4 at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Richard “Champ” Lujan, a full-time construction worker and West Las Vegas graduate, went three strokes under par on the Par-5 hole. He said he didn’t realize he’d made the shot until he and his playing partners were looking for the ball, discovering it in the cup.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 10, 2014

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Fort Lewis, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Lovington, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Adams State, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas boys at Portales Shootout, TBA, Portales
    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Lovington, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • Candidates file for city posts

    Las Vegas Optic

  • Drive-by suspects arrested

    Multiple calls to Las Vegas police about shots fired in different areas of the city early Saturday morning ended with the arrest of two suspects on drive-by shooting charges.

    Ramon L. Flores, 28, of the 1000 block of New Mexico Avenue was being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond while his passenger, Aaron Martinez, 27, who resides on Martinez Road, was being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

    Documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday state that both men were intoxicated.

  • Wrong-way driver charged

    State police on Monday identified the wrong-way driver who was shot while allegedly driving aggressively toward an officer as 72-year-old Albert J. Urban of Hamburg, NY.

    State police reported Monday that Urban was in stable condition at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

    When he is released from the hospital he will be booked into jail on two counts of aggravated assault upon a peace office, third-degree felonies, and with one count of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, a fourth-degree felony.

  • FYI - Jan. 8, 2014

    As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday four people had filed to run in the March 4 municipal Election. In Ward 1, Oliver L’Esperance filed. Incumbent City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron told the Optic she would seek re-election. In Ward 4, Michael Espinoza filed, as did incumbent Councilman David L. Romero. And Judge Eddie A. Trujillo filed to seek another term as municipal judge. For a complete list of candidates, go to the Optic’s website: lasvegasoptic.com. The list is unofficial until the city clerk certifies candidates on Wednesday.

  • Salazar named Optic publisher

    After serving as the Las Vegas Optic’s interim general manager and editor for the past 10 months, Martin Salazar has been appointed publisher and editor of the newspaper.

    The Optic’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, announced the move on Monday.

    “Martin played a major role in addressing (several) key issues and making sure the Las Vegas Optic is positioned better for the future,” said Dan Sykes, an executive vice president with Landmark, in a statement issued this week.