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Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

  • Pecos, Mora look strong in district races

    The Pecos Panthers’ sprint toward another district championship in boys’ basketball took another couple of lengths down the track Thursday night.

    Pecos beat up Academy for Technology and the Classics 80-22 in Santa Fe, rising to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in District 3-3A.

    Coach Ira Harge’s team led 31-5 after the first eight minutes and 55-10 at halftime. ATC’s best quarter was the third, and it was 74-18 after that one.

  • WLV runners All-Harrier medal winners

    West Las Vegas cross country runners Miguel Coca and J.J. Esquibel were recognized with “All Harrier” medals before Tuesday night’s Lady Dons-St. Michael’s girls’ basketball game.

    Coca and Esquibel received the accolades from the New Mexico Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for outstanding performance regardless of school classification this past fall.

  • Feature back missing from Super Bowl

    By Rob Maaddi
    The Associated Press

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Tom Brady-Bill Belichick dynasty actually lacks something: a 100-yard rusher in the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots.

    Perhaps that’s the best way to explain why it’s been a decade since a title game winner reached a mark often reserved for Super Bowl MVPs. It also illustrates how the game has changed since Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Terrell Davis were carrying the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos to championships.

  • Eagles latest to wear underdog label

    The Associated Press

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn.  — America loves comeback stories, the last-to-first variety that features new stars, big plays and a monumental triumph at the end.

    That would be the tale of the Philadelphia Eagles if they win Sunday’s Super Bowl.

    The oddsmakers don’t see it happening and have installed the New England Patriots — yes, them again — as 4½-point favorites.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 4-7

    SUNDAY (Feb. 4)
    Baseball

    • NMHU vs. University of the Southwest (DH), 1 p.m., Albuquerque Sports Complex
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 12:30 p.m., Cleveland High, Rio Rancho

    MONDAY
    Basketball

    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec

    TUESDAY
    Basketball

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Las Vegas community battles flu symptoms

    While the flu grips much of the nation in sickness, New Mexico and the Las Vegas community are also laboring under its impact.

    As reported in Wednesday’s Optic, some West Las Vegas elementary schools were closed this week for sanitization. They included Union Street, closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and Don Cecilio Martinez, with Tony Serna Jr., both scheduled for closure on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1 and 2.

  • Mayor, department heads host town hall meeting

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A wide variety of topics, ranging from sidewalks along New Mexico Avenue to water storage plans, were covered when City of Las Vegas hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Las Vegas Senior Center Sabino Street.

  • N.M. House passes $6.3B budget

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    A budget that would raise salaries for public school teachers and state employees while expanding funding for early childhood education sailed through the state

    House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 65-3.

    The budget is a contrast to those in recent years, when financial shortfalls prompted spending cuts and partisan sparring.

  • House panel OKs bipartisan crime legislation

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Democrats and Republicans rallied behind a package of crime and public safety legislation on Wednesday, lending a bipartisan stamp of approval to five very different bills that may not end long-running disputes over criminal sentencing or bail reform but which backers say represent a coordinated approach to one of the most pressing issues at the Roundhouse this year.