Today's News

  • State tourneys include three local referees

    Running down the fabled ramp of The Pit is a thrill not limited to high school basketball players and coaches getting deep enough into the state tournaments to earn that privilege.
    It’s also quite a joy for the referees.

    Getting selected to officiate the state tournament games is considered an honor reserved for some of the better qualified referees representing each of the regions around New Mexico each year.

  • Isotopes tickets go on sale March 16

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Tickets for individual Albuquerque Isotopes games will go on sale to the public 9 a.m. Saturday at Isotopes Park and online. The day also includes the team’s annual Select-A-Seat and National Anthem Auditions.

    Beginning promptly at 9, single game tickets will be available for purchase at the Isotopes Park Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.abqisotopes.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Seventh-grade MMS boys finish 20-3

    Memorial Middle School’s seventh-grade boys’ basketball team recently wrapped up a dominant season with a 60-16 victory over West Las Vegas Feb. 27 at the MMS gym.

    Later, WLVMS defeated MMS in the season-ending eighth-grade boys’ game, 43-37.

    For the seventh-graders from MMS, it was another day at the office in what has been a strong winter.

    Led by head coach Benny Ortiz and assistant Jeff Houdek, the Cardinals posted a 20-3 overall record that includes several “B” team games and forfeits.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 13, 2013

    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santo Domingo (DH), 3 p.m., Santo Domingo Pueblo
    • Class B state tournament boys’ quarterfinals, beginning 8 a.m., Bernalillo
    • Class 2A state tournament boys’ quarterfinal: Pecos vs. Mesilla Valley, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
    • NMHU at Oklahoma Panhandle State (DH), 1 p.m., Stilwell, Okla.

    • West Las Vegas at Questa, 4 p.m., Questa
    • Class 2A state tournament boys’ semifinals, TBA, Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho

  • Anti-tethering law in effect

    The city of Las Vegas is getting ready to begin enforcing its anti-tethering ordinance, and it’s reaching out to the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico for help in educating people about the law and assisting those with limited means to come into compliance.

  • Playing with Fire
  • Man jailed for stabbing sister in arm

    One of the individuals who acknowledged his role in the December 2007 slayings of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz is in trouble with the law again.

    Joebary Vigal, 22, of the 1200 block of Pecos Street, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center for allegedly beating and stabbing his sister last month.

    He has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, both third-degree felonies, and a misdemeanor count of aggravated battery in the incident involving his sister.

  • Senate panel OKs $5.9 billion budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A proposed $5.9 billion budget is heading to the Senate with a more than 4 percent increase in spending next year and money for pay raises for educators and state workers.

    The Finance Committee unanimously endorsed the budget on Friday, sending the measure to the 42-member Senate for consideration.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 11, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Senate OKs pension change

    SANTA FE — The Senate has approved a proposal that would allow former and current lawmakers to enroll in a state pension fund if they had failed to meet previous deadlines for joining the retirement system.
    The measure cleared the Senate with almost no debate on Saturday on a 30-3 vote. It goes to the House for consideration.

  • Senators postpone vote on Skandera

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Senate’s top Republican leader complained Saturday that politics had become a driving force behind a lengthy confirmation hearing for Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who is awaiting a vote by lawmakers with no guarantee it will happen before the Legislature ends.