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  • Olympians Phelps, Douglas shined

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer
    Now that he’s away from the pool, Michael Phelps can reflect — really reflect — on what he accomplished.
    Pretty amazing stuff.
    “It’s kind of nuts to think about everything I’ve gone through,” Phelps said. “I’ve finally had time to myself, to sit back and say, ‘... that really happened?’ It’s kind of shocking at times.”
    Not that his career needed a capper, but Phelps added one more honor to his staggering list of accomplishments Thursday — The Associated Press male athlete of the year.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 31, 2012

    Monday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

  • In Brief - Sports - Dec. 31, 2012

    Boys’ basketball:

    Pecos defeated Escalante 62-18 in the opening round of the Tri-Cities tournament. The Panthers’ blazing start was key as they sprinted to a 27-2 first-period lead and made it 45-10 by halftime... Pecos went on to beat Santa Rosa 67-41 in Friday’s semifinal to advance to the championship game against tournament host Mora.

    Girls’ basketball:
    West Las Vegas took care of visiting Wingate 86-61 on Thursday ... Pecos girls nipped Santa Rosa 36-34 Thursday to reach the consolation final a day after falling to 3A St. Mike’s 51-35 in the Lady Horsemen’s holiday tourney.

  • A year for the books

    Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe the year that was.

    It was a year in which Mike Melton kissed a pig, literally, and in public no less.

    A year that Vegas residents awoke one August morning to the sounds of helicopters hovering above as agents in dark SUVs executed raids on houses throughout the city.  
    The year that Highlands University threw a $50,000 extravaganza for President Jim Fries, complete with a sultry Marilyn Monroe lookalike singing “Happy Anniversary, Mr. President” to Fries as he sat on a throne.

  • Remembering those who left us in 2012

    A look back at 2012 would be incomplete without pausing for a moment to reflect on those who left us during the year. Below is a list of some of the area residents and those with local ties who died this year.

    Lena T. Salazar, 90, who served in the Women’s Army Auxilary during World War II, died Jan. 13. Salazar was an Army corporal and later worked for many years for Las Vegas City Schools as a nutrition specialist.

  • The year in quotes

    JANUARY

    “It’s a great way to start the year. You see so many people you know out here. ... It’s a great part of being in Las Vegas.”
    — Las Vegas resident Peter Linder, at the annual Polar Bear Plunge into Storrie Lake on New Year’s Day.

    “The long-term picture is the growth in the Hispanic population and graying population and urban growth.”
    — Jack Baker, a senior research scientist at the Census Bureau, in predicting New Mexico’s population growth.

  • 2012: The year in sports

    The following is a chronological review of the year in Las Vegas-area sports for 2012.

    Robertson’s wrestling program remained a state title contender and placed in the top three again in February’s state tournaments in Rio Rancho. Freshman Rico Montoya (39-1) and junior Joe Crespin (17-3) won their weight classes.

    The Cardinals and West Las Vegas finished one-two in the district meet held at Mike Marr Gym. Eight Cardinals and two Dons earned individual titles.

  • Stu Clark Tourney days one and two

    A game-by-game summary of the 59th annual Stu Clark Tournament follows.

    DAY ONE
    St. Pius X 72, Bernalillo 59
    The disciplined Sartans did most of their damage in the first half, building a 32-20 lead by intermission. It was just about even after that.
    Micah Sanchez led St. Pius with 24 points, and Nic Stafford had 16.
    Brandon Saiz scored a game-high 28 to lead Bernalillo; Tristan Arnett added 17.

  • Major water leak finally fixed

    The large leak discovered in late November in a water line at the city’s water treatment plant was finally stopped this past weekend.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said Saturday that the bypass is in place and the leak has been stopped. The line had at one point been losing about 110 gallons of water a minute.

    Many of the city’s water customers, including those in Los Vigiles, Country Acres Estates, Jonestown and around the United World College, were forced to deal with intermittent low pressure since the leak was discovered.

  • Senior profile - C. Leo Martinez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    Special to the Optic

    During the Christmas season, mild-mannered Highlands University Emeritus Professor C. Leo Martinez morphs into Santa’s Helper.

    For the past 40 or so years, Leo has taken on the role of Santa to bring the season’s cheer to children all the way from Portales to the Pecos Corridor, which includes as many as 16 relatively small communities, mostly villages between Las Vegas and Santa Rosa to the south and recently adding Rainsville and Watrous to the north and east.