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Today's News

  • So long, Alford

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — UCLA hired Steve Alford as basketball coach on Saturday, luring him from New Mexico days after he signed a new 10-year deal with the Lobos.

    Athletic director Dan Guerrero said Alford is “the perfect fit for UCLA” because he connects with a new generation of players and brings an up-tempo and team-oriented style of play to Westwood.

  • Dennison edges Crespin

    Nohime Dennison emerged victorious in her third fight with Las Vegas super featherweight Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin, taking a majority decision on Friday night in Albuquerque.

    Two judges had Dennison winning the six-round match with tallies of 59-55 and 60-56. A third saw it as a 57-57 draw.

    All three fights between the two have been close, going down to decisions.

    Crespin falls to 7-5-1 as a pro. Dennison is 5-2-2.

  • Solid season
  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 1, 2013

    Monday
    Golf
    • West Las Vegas Invite, 10 a.m., Gene Torres Golf Course

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas at Tucumcari, 4 p.m., Tucumcari
    Softball
    • Robertson at Pojoaque Valley, 3 p.m., Jacona
    • LCC at Otero (DH), 1 p.m., La Junta, Colo.

    Wednesday
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico (DH), 1 p.m., Cowgirl Field
    Track and field

  • Dodge gets $15K pay hike

    The City Council shot down the $30,000 raise that the mayor had proposed for City Manager Timothy Dodge but did agree late Wednesday to boost his pay by $15,000.

    The compromise was hammered out during a closed-door session that lasted just under four-and-a-half hours, the longest executive session the Council has had in recent memory.

  • Senior profile - Ted Maestas

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    At the risk of applying a trite and ambiguous phrase to characterize Ted Maestas, one can assert that he has always been a “go getter.”

    Ted was born in 1936, to Candido and Alicia Maestas and grew up on the family ranch in Maestas Canyon, along with his brother, the late Joe Maestas Jr.

  • CASA member asked to quit

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    CASA board president, Mack Crow has resigned from the local child advocacy organization after fellow board members demanded he give up the position due to public statements he made in support of an old friend recently convicted of child molestation charges.

    “It was a cowardly action,” said Mack Crow of the board members’ decision to call a special meeting among themselves and vote to demand his resignation.

  • Mora board hires ex-superintendent

    Three years after Dora Romero blew the whistle on misspending and quit her job as superintendent of the Mora Independent School District, she is back at the helm.

    The Mora school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to select Romero as the district’s next superintendent. She was among four candidates interviewed for the job.

  • Gov signs law requiring agendas 72 hours in advance

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico residents will have more notice about public meetings under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    Governmental groups, ranging from city councils to school boards and state regulators, will be required to make their meeting agendas publicly available 72 hours in advance. They currently must provide a 24-hour notice of a public meeting agenda.

  • Staunch Republican, Root, ‘worked hard for change’

    Melvin Clayton Root, a retired educator and leader of the local Republican party who twice ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the state Legislature, has died. He was 79.

    Root, better known by his nickname “Mel,” was a staunch Republican in a county dominated by Democrats. He died Tuesday morning after a brief battle with cancer, said Susan Tsyitee, a longtime friend and chair of the San Miguel County Republican party.