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Today's News

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    MONDAY
    Golf
    • Robertson at Capital Invite, 9 a.m., Marty Sanchez Links, Santa Fe

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., WLV Field
    • WLV Gents at Taos (DH), 3 p.m., Taos
    Softball
    • LCC at Otero JC (DH), 1 p.m., La Junta, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., WLV Field
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Sandia Prep, 3 p.m., Albuquerque

  • FYI - Sports

    The Optic is looking to provide the most comprehensive area sports coverage available. To submit sports scores, statistics and story ideas, e-mail:
    dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • WLV Junior Wrestling
  • Manny ‘at ease’ with retirement

    By Dave Skretta
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK  — Unwilling to face another drug ban, Manny Ramirez is leaving baseball and is at peace with his decision while the sport confronts the specter of steroids again.

    “I’m at ease,” Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com by phone from his home in Miami. “God knows what’s best (for me). I’m now an officially retired baseball player. I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.”

  • Breaking News: Las Vegas declares emergency, tightens its water restrictions

    In an special meeting Friday, the Las Vegas City Council unanimously declared a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions and implemented Stage IV water restrictions.

    According to the city's resolution, the Gallinas River — the city's main water source — “will most likely not have enough flow to support the city's needs this summer and in the future because of the present drought conditions.”

  • More water restrictions imposed

    With the city of Las Vegas having experienced one of the driest winters in decades, city officials this week imposed Stage III water restrictions, limiting outdoor watering to one hour a week, and an all-out ban on outdoor watering could come as early as next week.

    In fact, the mayor and council are convening an emergency meeting at 11 a.m. today (April 8) to consider declaring a water emergency due to drought conditions.

  • Alleged killer appeared mentally unstable

    The woman accused of bludgeoning her housemate to death this week may have been suffering from mental health problems.

    Tamara Smith, 52, has been booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on an open count of murder and one count of extreme cruelty to animals.

    “Ms. Smith displayed what appeared ... as mental health issues,” Sgt. Mack Allingham states in the probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

    The victim, Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, was found dead in her Sperry Drive home on Monday.

  • Highlands baseball players implicated in drug case

    By Martín Salazar and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Three New Mexico Highlands University baseball players have been kicked off the team and four others were suspended for nine games following a drug raid last week on a house on the 1900 block of New Mexico Avenue.

  • White Peak land swap reversed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Land Commissioner Ray Powell reversed a land swap Tuesday that his predecessor made in northeastern New Mexico.

    The move by Powell returns the White Peak area in Colfax and Mora counties to the Land Office from a private citizen.

    It reverses the decision of former Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons and complies with a state Supreme Court mandate.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Thursday, Nov. 14 — A utility board to increase efficiency of both municipalities of Las Vegas was proposed Wednesday night at the West Las Vegas Town Council meeting. A representative from the town gas company, Dick Davidson, stated that the joint operation between East and West Las Vegas would ... save approximately $14,000 yearly through salaries and operating expenses. An agreement concerning the proposal was presented to the council. Donald A. Martinez, lawyer, explained the agreement to the council.