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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - March 10, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees March Meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10 at KBobs restaurant. The program will focus on reports of the 2014 Legislative Session and on the 2014 Association Budget. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.

    WEDNESDAY MIÉRCOLES

  • More finger pointing

    It’s ironic that a spokesman for the state Human Services Department is crying foul over an audit commissioned by the state auditor’s office that casts the department in a bad light. Ironic because just eight months ago it was the Human Services Department using an audit that it commissioned to drag 15 behavioral health providers through the mud, effectively accusing those New Mexico businesses of fraud and other misdeeds.

  • Another Perspective - Complex ready to move forward

    By Paula Garcia

    For the Optic

    After years of diligence and teamwork, the Mora County Complex will be on its way toward completion in the coming weeks. The final pieces of a delicate puzzle of funding and partnerships have come together with the anticipated signature of Gov. Susana Martinez on the final $245,000 of Capital Outlay funding passed by the 2014 legislature.

  • Aztecs swipe Mountain West title

    The Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO — Xavier Thames and Matt Shrigley each made two free throws in the final 9 seconds to complete No. 10 San Diego State’s rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for a 51-48 victory over No. 21 New Mexico on Saturday night to win the outright Mountain West Conference title.

    Thames finished with 23 points for SDSU (27-3, 16-2), which clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament in Las Vegas. Josh Davis, SDSU’s other senior, had nine rebounds.

  • The Pit or bust! Area teams tip off for the state basketball tournaments

    Ladies’ Night provided three victories in as many games for the Las Vegas-area girls’ basketball teams who qualified for the state tournaments.

    West Las Vegas and Robertson both triumphed at home in the Class 3A girls’ openers on Friday, while Mora held court as well in Class 2A.

    It was a somewhat different story on Saturday, when the boys took center stage. Of the four Vegas-area squads in the mix, the West Las Vegas Dons emerged victorious. But the Robertson and Mora boys saw their seasons come to an end on the road.

  • Sluggers endure sluggish offense

    A ground ball hit into a double play wiped away a potential tying and winning run for New Mexico Highlands on Friday in a 2-1 loss to visiting Colorado State-Pueblo.

    CSUP closer Kolby Rimer earned a save and preserved a win for starter Mike Fabrizio in a classic pitchers’ duel at Brandt Park.

    The ThunderWolves held the Cowboys to five hits — two by second baseman Nick Gonzales.

    Austin Mascorro opened the scoring for Pueblo by making it home in the top of the first off a groundout by Evan Kenebrew.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 10, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona
    Softball
    • NMHU at Metro State and Colorado Christian, 10 a.m. and noon, Lakewood, Colo. (RESCHEDULED)
    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    Basketball
    • Class 2A girls’ state quarterfinal: Mora vs. Hatch Valley, 8 a.m., Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

  • Cashing in on overtime

    Las Vegas City Schools may be strapped for cash this school year, but that hasn’t kept the district from paying out thousands of dollars in overtime to a handful of its employees.

  • Reaching for the gold - Highlands’ own Olympian

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Sochi Winter Olympic flame was extinguished Feb. 24, but New Mexico Highlands University has its own Olympian with her sights set on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  

    Jessie Bates, a tae kwon do athlete, wore the red, white and blue for the USA team in the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, bringing home the bronze medal in the flyweight division. She was among 100 tae kwon do competitors from 67 countries.

  • Alta Vista has new leader

    A man with executive leadership positions in hospitals in Arizona, South Carolina and Oklahoma has been named the new chief executive officer of Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Chris Wolf began his new job on Monday. Prior to coming to Las Vegas, Wolf served as CEO of Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Ariz., a position he held since 2002.