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Today's News

  • Busy week under way for HU wrestlers

    By Vincent Nolasco
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy wrestling team (3-1, 1-1 conference) starts its second week of duals matches in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and will be on the road this week.

    The Cowboys’ first dual was scheduled against the Grizzlies of Adams State University (1-2, in the RMAC and 3-3 overall) on Thursday in Alamosa, Colo. The second dual is against the Mavericks of Colorado Mesa University (0-0, in the RMAC and 5-3 overall) at 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Junction, Colo.

  • NFL readies for chilly Bowl

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  — The NFL and personnel at MetLife Stadium had a Super Bowl pop quiz on snow removal less than two weeks before the title game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

    The league and stadium officials decided to use a winter storm that dumped a foot or more of snow in the New York City metropolitan area Tuesday as somewhat of a dress rehearsal to see how quickly they could clean the 80,000-seat facility that will hold the first outdoor Super Bowl in cold weather.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 24, 2014

    Wednesday
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Air Force, TBA, Colorado Springs
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Adams State, 7 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) at Raton, 5:30 p.m., Raton
    Wrestling
    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.

    Saturday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Western New Mexico, 2 and 4 p.m., Silver City

  • Mora hit with 2nd lawsuit

    A Houston company has filed suit against Mora county and its three commissioners, alleging that the community rights ordinance adopted by the county last April violates the constitution and should be struck down.

    The ordinance seeks to prohibit corporations from engaging in any oil and gas extraction in the county.

  • Public’s feedback welcomed - ‘Douglas Square’ on display

    Submitted to the Optic

    A scale model of a proposed “Douglas Square” downtown project is on display at Charlie’s Spic and Span Bakery and Restaurant for one month.

    MainStreet de Las Vegas is applying for state funding for Phase 1 of Douglas Square. Comment cards are available for the community to share their opinion and comments to help shape the final plan for this important downtown space.

  • Firefighters respond to two blazes

    City fire crews and members of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department were busy responding to two separate fires late Monday and early Tuesday.

    The first blaze broke out in a vacant building on Commerce Street, beneath the overpass. Crews were dispatched to that scene a little after 7 p.m. Monday.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the building had pretty much been gutted prior to the fire, although there was debris inside the structure that burned.

    Mares said that fire appears to have been started by homeless people trying to stay warn.

  • State ranks last in child well-being

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As the state Legislature begins its 30-day budget session, advocates are going to be pushing hard to improve the well-being of New Mexico’s children through a series of education initiatives and other efforts aimed at pulling families out of poverty.

    New Mexico Voices for Children is releasing its annual Kids Count in New Mexico report at the state Capitol on Tuesday in hopes of getting the attention of lawmakers.

  • Search for pot violated rights

    The Associated Press

    A court ruling says a police search that found 14 marijuana plants on a man’s property in a remote area of northern New Mexico violated his privacy rights.

    The state Court of Appeals’ ruling says that’s because authorities didn’t have a warrant to conduct an aerial flyover that prompted the search.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the ruling cites prior New Mexico court decisions and says privacy protections apply to targeted, warrantless police aerial surveillance.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 22, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Jan. 23 — While on routine patrol about 1 a.m. yesterday City Patrolman Eddie Ludi noticed a bright orange light behind the Town House Motel. He investigated and found a shed and the rear part of the house on fire. He checked to see if the house was occupied and when he didn’t receive an answer to his knock on the door, he forced the door open. Inside the house Ludi found four occupants, who were asleep. They were awakened and left the house.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 22, 2014

    The Literacy Council of Northern New Mexico is asking for short story writings to be displayed at the Literacy Fair this Saturday. Everyone is invited to submit a short story of four letter size pages or less with a 10-point font. All adult, high school, middle school and elementary writers will be recognized. Submissions may be mailed to The Literacy Council, P.O. Box 481, Las Vegas, N.M., 87701. All entries must be received by today (Wednesday).