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Today's News

  • Capital for the dam

    Two things stand out from Gov. Susana Martinez’s visit to Las Vegas last week. One is that she got an up-close look at one of our potential disasters, Peterson Dam, and came away convinced that it needs to be a priority expense. The other is that, when it comes to her estranged relationship with the state Legislature, she’s maintaining an offensive stance.

  • Editor's Note - Backstories

    When it comes to professional sports, high-profile seasons give way to higher-profile playoffs, which lead to championship matchups. And while the backstories — the personal stories that lead to the big showdown — add drama to the mix, in the pros it typically boils down to who wins and who loses.

  • Lady Cards’ Martinez signs with Lamar CC

    Jolene Martinez, whose three-point shooting touch often gave her Robertson Lady Cardinals a shot in the arm over the last several years, will be continuing her basketball career a while longer.

    Martinez this past week officially signed a national letter of intent to play ball and attend Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo.

    The Las Vegas native said the opportunity to keep playing while working toward her degree in nursing helped her make the decision.

  • Crespin wins in return to ring

    A six-round unanimous decision victory punctuated the return of Las Vegas professional boxer Arturo “El Toro” Crespin on Friday night in Albuquerque.

    Crespin defeated Duke City native Nazareth Rojas 59-55, 59-55, 58-56, in one of the undercard matches of “Warehouse Rumble 2,” a card staged by Chavez Promotions at Albuquerque’s YDI Wool Warehouse.

  • Women’s softball tourney resumes

    A champion won’t be crowned until Tuesday night in the Las Vegas adult softball league women’s division.

    Rainy weather impacted field conditions this past Thursday and Friday, leading to cancellations of games on both evenings.

    The top-ranked Vida Encantada Cougars will play the No. 2 seed Budweiser-Dicks-Night Owl at 7 p.m. Monday with a trip to the Tuesday night final on the line.

    Two other Monday games will determine a third team to compete for the championship Tuesday.

  • Lochte leads, Phelps fades in first pool duel

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer

    LONDON — Ryan Lochte strolled the deck of the Olympic Aquatics Centre wearing diamonds in his mouth and lime-green sneakers on the feet that powered him through the water faster than anyone else. Beaming, he chomped playfully on his gold medal while Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” blared throughout the massive arena.

    Michael Phelps?

    He was nowhere to be found.

    Not during the race.

    Not when it came time to hand out the medals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 30, 2012

    MONDAY
    Softball
    • Women’s city league tournament: games TBA, 6, 7 and 8 p.m., city complex

    TUESDAY
    Softball
    • Women’s city league tournament: games TBA, 6, 7 and 8 p.m., city complex

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled
     

  • Gov presses lawmakers on dam

    The green grass and fountain-like sound of water under most any other circumstances would be welcome, a serene oasis amid the parched land that Las Vegas residents have become accustomed to.

    But as Gov. Susana Martinez stood at the site — the base of Peterson Dam — she used words like “ridiculous” and “disgusting” as she watched hundreds of gallons of the city’s drinking water spill out onto the ground from holes in the 101-year-old concrete structure.

  • One month missing, still no answers

    Josephine Garcia is still trying to maintain hope that her daughter is alive, but it’s becoming harder as each day passes with no news about her.

    “It’s already going to be a month,” Garcia said. “I don’t know; I can’t say. I’m hoping she’s alive, but I don’t know.”

    Monday will mark the one month anniversary of Cindy Rivera, 19, going missing from her mother’s home on Peggy Lee Lane. The last time Garcia spoke to her daughter was when Rivera called her on the evening of June 29.

    Garcia said Rivera’s ex-husband showed up at the house, and he was drunk.

  • Senior Profile - Olivia Lovato-Winston

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Whether the movement is through art, music, dance or teaching, Olivia Lovato,a.k.a. Olivia Lovato-Winston, continues to be in tune with the times.

    Born in July 1943, Lovato spent her early years in the Clayton-Bueyros area of northeastern New Mexico. Her great-grandfather, Guadalupe Lobato, a cibolero or buffalo hunter, homesteaded the ranch near Bueyeros in the 19th century.

    Lovato and her eight siblings were taught by their parents, Toribio Jr. and Jo Ann Leger Lovato, to survive, despite the rustic and isolated environs.