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Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - July 20, 2012

    THUMBS UP - NEW FOR THE ELDERLY ... Meadows Home Skilled Nursing Facility, part of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, is opening its doors with the completion of its 36-bed first phase of construction. The nearly 50,000-square-foot facility includes semi-private rooms and a visitation area, dining rooms and courtyards, a salon, a library and a small store for its residents. And with two more construction phases planned, the Meadows will be growing. This modern facility replaces the state hospital’s two other nursing facilities, which were built in 1948 and 1955.

  • The schools’ report cards

    By Keith Tucker

    Regarding the school report cards for West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City schools, I am disappointed but not surprised.

  • Leahy unseated; Magee charged with murder

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Carl Magee’s troubles in Las Vegas did not end with his trial and conviction in the summer of 1923. Nor did the trial end Judge Leahy’s infamy as Magee’s inquisitor and nemesis.

    The celebrated trial caused political tremors which would define Las Vegas for years to come, and also spawned the rawest of human emotions, resulting in the killing of an innocent man.

  • Regulator: Fraud is broader than faked audits

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s top security regulator said Wednesday that potential fraud within a state financing authority extended beyond a faked financial audit that has national credit rating agencies considering whether to downgrade the agency’s bond ratings.

  • State Briefs

    From The Associated Press

    Judge suspended by court for misconduct

    ESPANOLA — An Española municipal judge has been suspended for 90 days without pay and must reimburse the state for an investigation of his conduct.
    The New Mexico Supreme Court made the decision Wednesday to discipline Judge Stephen Martinez.

  • Senate hopefuls trade barbs

    By Kevin Freking
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Heather Wilson is used to close calls. During her five terms in Congress, she represented a left-leaning district that national Democrats routinely placed at the top of their list of potential takeovers.

    The former GOP lawmaker and her campaign team are taking comfort in that experience as New Mexico voters evaluate their options in this year’s U.S. Senate race featuring Wilson and Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich.

  • HU coach aids Olympic dreams

    Submitted to the Optic

    When the 2012 London Olympic Games begin, New Mexico Highlands assistant track and field coach Patrick Johnson will be more than just an interested spectator.

    The native of Jamaica, who just finished his third season with the program, will have three athletes he works with — via long-distance coaching — competing in London.

  • La Plaza girls make state final

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    La Plaza Little League’s 10-11 softball team fell just a couple runs shy of a state championship this week in Española, beating the host team once but not twice.

    Española edged La Plaza 27-26 on Wednesday night following a four-hour game that ended on a disputed obstruction call. Walks hurt La Plaza, which went through four pitchers and allowed 11 unearned runs of the base-on-balls variety.

    “It was a heartbreaker,” said manager Paul Sandoval.

  • On stage

    Las Vegas’ Tanner Hoopes earned two first-place trophies in the National Physique Committee’s Mid USA event July 7 at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. This event was sponsored by Muscle & Fitness and FLEX magazine. He competed against some of the top bodybuilders in the Southwest and took first place in the New Mexico physique division, then went on to win first place in the Mid USA physique division. Hoopes is now eligible to compete in the NPC USA. This event is only for top amateurs who have qualified in NPC competitions throughout the U.S.

  • Kryptonite run ends in regional

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Kryptonite concluded the season after being eliminated at the South Plains Regional Tournament.  

    The Kryptos ended with a 16-5-1 record after losing two games at the regional in Farmington this past week.  

    Las Vegas lost to the Farmington River Cats in the opening round, via an eight-run rule in effect for the tournament. Las Vegas had opportunities to score in every inning but mental base running errors squashed all hopes of putting up runs.