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Today's News

  • Correction - Sports - March 27, 2013

    A story in the March 20 issue incorrectly listed the name of the sponsor of the three-point shooting contest in the B.J. Gonzales basketball tournament. The sponsor is De Sena Electric, not Sena Electric.

  • Opening rounds had highs, lows

    By Jon Krawczynski
    AP Basketball Writer

    Florida Gulf Coast was the breakout star of the weekend, alley-ooping its way on to the national stage to capture everyone’s attention. You probably watched the Eagles crash the round of 16 like everyone else. Well, there were 63 other teams playing last weekend, too.

    La Salle broke through as well. Bluebloods such as Duke and Michigan State were big winners as well. So the next round will have something for everyone.

  • RMAC in Elite Eight for D-II

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is being represented in the Elite Eight of both men’s and women’s NCAA Division II basketball tournaments.

    Colorado Mesa University, formerly known as Mesa State, earned the program’s first-ever appearance in the women’s Elite Eight (national quarterfinals). The Maverick women (31-1) are playing in San Antonio, Texas. They were to play Dowling on Tuesday, with a spot in Wednesday’s semifinals (5 p.m. Mountain time tipoff). The final is 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Mesa holds off Cowboys, sweeps

    Highlands outplayed Colorado Mesa in several statistical categories Sunday but came up just short in the most important one — the  scoreboard.

    The Mavericks, ranked 17th in NCAA Division II baseball going into the four-game weekend series, held on for a 4-3 win that completed a sweep over the Cowboys in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Mesa improved to 19-5 overall and 13-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Highlands dropped to 14-12 and 10-6, respectively.

  • ‘El Toro’ return delayed

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin had hoped to return to the boxing ring this coming weekend, but the Meadow City fighter will have to wait a bit longer.

    Crespin told the Optic he’d been originally scheduled to box Victor Villareal of Colorado as part of Friday’s card at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque, but Villareal withdrew from the contest. A potential replacement opponent was also vetoed because Crespin had stopped him in his last fight Oct. 27.

  • Area Head Start facing cuts

    HOLMAN — Mora-Colfax Head Start is asking area residents to contact their federal elected officials and ask them to end the budget stalemate that is threatening their budget and that could force them to reduce the number of students they serve.

  • Ex-judge, DA among applicants for judicial post

    Five attorneys, including District Attorney Richard D. Flores and former judge Gerald E. Baca are asking to be considered to fill the post left vacant by the resignation last month of Judge Eugenio Mathis.

    Other applicants are Anna M. Aragon, Floripa Gallegos and Suzanne Gaulin, all of whom practice law in Las Vegas.

  • Fiesta de la Hispanidad
  • Settlement reached on ‘river of tires’

    A settlement has been reached on the massive tire dump near Wagon Mound.

    On Friday, State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and state Environment Secretary Dave Martinez announced a global settlement among the state government entities, Daniels Ranches and Kansas Equity Investments.

    The massive tire dump, which has an estimated 300,000 scrap tires, will get cleaned up as part of the agreement, according to a news release from the State Land Office. The agreement calls for the tires to be removed.

  • Watershed group gets funding

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, a local nonprofit that addresses watershed health in the Las Vegas area and surrounding communities has been awarded funds from the New Mexico Environment Department to do a variety of projects to improve water quality and overall watershed health in the upper Gallinas Watershed.  

    The two-year funding grant is for $230,000.