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Today's News

  • No bull: 'El Toro' earns redemption

    Friday night, Arturo "El Toro" Crespin got even.

    The Las Vegas junior middleweight avenged his only professional defeat with a four-round decision against Albuquerque’s Carlos "El Gallo" Sanchez. The bout was part of the undercard for Friday’s ShoBox event at Tingley Coliseum. Onetime Las Vegan Gary Shaw promoted the card.

    Sanchez had beaten Crespin in the WLV graduate’s third pro fight in June 2009. In a recent interview with the Optic, the 19-year-old Crespin said he was looking for “redemption” in the rematch.

  • West girls zip past St. Mike's

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team had the most memorable game — and the lone victory — in a challenging weekend for the Meadow City’s four varsity high school basketball squads.

    The Lady Dons, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, squeaked out a 38-34 win over St. Michael’s at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe on Saturday night, keeping their hold on first place in District 2-3A.

  • Letter: Doesn't believe the self-defense claim

    I am appalled by the actions of District Judge Eugenio Mathis in the case against Richard Baca in the killing of Benito Lemos. The reduction of charges and bail on the basis of a self-defense argument is absurd.

  • Family: Neighbor saved lives

    It sounded like gunshots shortly before 6 a.m. Jan. 9. They woke up Vince and Alysha Martinez, who jumped out of bed thinking there was someone needing help.

    “We heard screaming,” Vince said.

  • RHS wrestlers inch closer to form

    As big, economy-stimulating local sporting events go, the revered Stu Clark Tournament has nothing on the Cardinal Wrestling Classic.

    The Classic, which has carved out a traditional mid-winter spot on the Meadow City’s sports calendar, brings a couple dozen teams to town for mat action Friday and Saturday at Mike Marr Gym.

    The host Cardinals are looking to pick up a little momentum after last weekend’s strong showing. The team took first place in the Belen Duals and second in Albuquerque Manzano’s tournament.

  • Developer sues city over decision

    A local developer has sued the city over its rejection of his proposed plan for a subdivision on the west side.

    Phil Warfield, owner of Warfield Properties Inc., filed the lawsuit on Jan. 14 in state District Court.

    In November, the City Council voted 3-2 against Warfield’s plans for a four-lot subdivision in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue. Each lot would have included a modular home.

    Warfield has contended that he followed all laws and procedures required of a subdivision.

  • Manager: Contract a distraction

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge said Wednesday that he is reconsidering whether to ask the mayor and City Council to give him a contract.

    For months, members of the City Council have called for giving Dodge a contract, which they said would provide more stability at City Hall.

    At last week’s council meeting, a majority of members said they were still interested in entering a contract with Dodge, who started last March. But Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilwoman Diane Moore said it would be best to wait until after the municipal election in March.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Yes, you can go home again

    Unlike Thomas Wolfe’s protagonist, George Webber, in “You Can’t Go Home Again,” who returned home after writing a novel which upset his family and his hometown’s denizens by exposing the nature of the town’s failings, I’ve always been met with warmth and approbation when I return to Wagon Mound, my home for 11 years. Of course, I haven’t written a novel about the place.

    Nevertheless, no matter when I’ve returned to the village, I come away with good feelings.

  • Local boxers in ring Friday at Tingley

    A trio of boxers with local ties will be in the ring Friday night at Albuquerque’s Tingley Coliseum, site of a ShoBox card being staged by Gary Shaw Promotions.

    Michael Coca-Gallegos, an area native now living in Albuquerque, will be seeking his first professional victory after losing his first two fights. Coca-Gallegos is looking to upset fellow up-and-comer Vincent “Lil Man” Mirabal (4-0, 1 KO).

  • Above and Beyond: Robertson honors 275 students

    Robertson High School’s Marr Gym was recently packed with students and parents.

    They weren’t there for a sporting event. Rather, they were honoring academic achievement of the school’s 275 students who have been making good grades this year.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said he thought it was important that people have an opportunity to see the good in the district. He said in recent times the school has received its share of bad publicity because of the actions of a few misguided people.