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Today's News

  • WNMU sweeps NMHU

    Tony Riley, fouled on a late three-point shot, sank all three free throws to lift Western New Mexico over visiting New Mexico Highlands 88-85 this past Thursday in Silver City.

    It was the first loss in nine games for the Cowboys (17-8, 11-6).

    Roman Andrade led NMHU with 27 points.

    Earlier Thursday, WNMU’s women dropped the Cowgirls 69-62 despite a 13-point, four-rebound, five-steal night from Jessica Armijo. Ashley Logan had 12 points and five boards for Highlands (10-14, 5-12).

    NMHU plays at Western State Friday in Gunnison, Colo.

  • Hopefuls divided on city charter

    Candidates running for mayor and City Council in the March 2 election agreed water should be the city’s top priority.

    They also said city streets were a problem and need work.

    Their solutions on how to get there were often different, but they were civil during a two-hour forum Thursday night, sponsored by the Las Vegas Optic and the Committee for the People. Nearly 100 people attended.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... VALENTINE’S DAY DEATH. Michael L. Maestas, 55, was found dead near his home at 922 Railroad Ave. early Monday morning — the first reported homicide of the new year in the Las Vegas area. His brother, Joseph Maestas, has been charged.

    According to police, the brothers had been drinking and and were in an alleyway when an argument broke out. The dispute turned physical, Michael Maestas pulled a knife and cut his brother on the neck, police said.

  • Letter: Teachers need to practice etiquette

    I would like to begin by saying how invaluable I know teachers are to the education and wellbeing of our children, and how difficult I know the job to be. Having gone through several general education courses, including Field Base II, and having determined that I have not the talent nor the skill to be a teacher myself, I am especially aware of the tremendous fortitude, strength of character, and patience it takes to be a teacher. That being said, I would like to know what has happened to the etiquette of the teacher?

  • Las Vegas officials say goodbye

    Wednesday was the last City Council meeting for council members Cruz Roybal and Morris Madrid, both of whom decided against running for re-election.

    It was also to be the last for Mayor Tony Marquez, but he didn’t show up.

    At the beginning of the council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Moore told her colleagues that the mayor informed her that he was running late because he was tending to legislative business in Santa Fe. He sent that information via a text.

  • State wrestling tourney in Rio Rancho

    Adam Martinez and Jake Martinez are part of an elite club in the history of New Mexico high school wrestling.

    Having won four individual state championships, they are two of only 12 grapplers to have done so. (Only one wrestler — Carlsbad’s Michael Scott Owen — has ever won five.)

    If he can win another state title Saturday at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center, Robertson High junior Daniel Martinez will join his older brothers in that exclusive group.

  • No jail for ex-deputy accused of DWI

    Most people go to jail after they’re arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

    Not former San Miguel County Undersheriff Joe Robert Urban, 63.

    Urban, instead, was released to Sheriff Benjie Vigil, with whom he had worked a long time. Urban retired from the Sheriff’s Department a few months ago after more than a quarter century of service.

  • Las Vegas native to run in national meet

    Hometown fans will be able to watch Las Vegas’ own Victoria Martinez compete on the national level — and on New Mexico turf — when the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships come to Albuquerque Feb. 27-28.

    Martinez, 26, qualified for the national indoor 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.29 at a meet this past weekend at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The time eclipsed Martinez’s previous personal best in the event.

  • Mora schools superintendent resigns; interim leader remains

    Dora Romero, the superintendent of the Mora school district, resigned this week, two months after the school board placed her on leave, officials confirmed.

    She submitted her letter of resignation to the school board, promising to assist the district with any matters that occurred during her time as superintendent.

    She specifically said that she would be willing to help with issues related to Mark Cassidy, the high school cross country coach and assistant track coach. Under her administration, Cassidy’s contract as girls basketball coach wasn’t renewed.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Winter Idyll or idle winter?

    I don’t mean to wax poetic, but I just can’t help it, as that is a good part of my particular discipline. What I really want is to dispel some of the outright inconvenience that I have opted for as a rural dweller by choice.

    My headlined allusion to Whittier’s “Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyll” can be taken “romantically,” as the definition of idyll suggests — a nostalgic work describing a pleasant rural scene or homey setting. Well, that depends …