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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 23, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    No local varsity events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at New Mexico State, 5 p.m., Las Cruces
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Tohatchi, 4 p.m., Tohatchi
    • West Las Vegas boys and girls host Brian Gallegos Thanksgiving Shootout, TBA, Gillie Lopez Gym
    Football

  • Cards get past Ruidoso, advance to state semis

    Robertson rode a 14-0 head start to a 34-22 win over visiting Ruidoso on Saturday afternoon, advancing to the Class 4A state football semifinals.

    The Cardinals (11-0) will host defending state champion Hatch Valley (10-2), which knocked off Cobre in another quarterfinal Saturday in Bayard.

    It'll be a rematch of the 2015 state championship game, won by the Bears in Hatch.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • Council OKs union contracts

    The City Council signed off last week on contracts with two city unions that will provide the members of those unions with pay raises of 35 cents an hour.

    That amounts to annual pay hikes of $728 for full-time city employees who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2851 and those belonging to the International Association of Firefighters Local 4625.

  • Pulling Together - CYFD, Eagles to help feed the needy

    Four years ago, members of the local Eagles organization saw a need to help others in the community. Since then they have partnered with the local Children, Youth and Families Department to provide 25 full meals to the department’s families. This year’s meal donation from the Eagles is a prime example of CYFD’s new initiative, Pull Together, an effort designed to help others in need.

    “The partnership of the Eagles and our CYFD office is a great example of Pull Together,” Henry Varela, spokesman for CYFD, said.

  • Arrest made in Bridge St. mugging

    Las Vegas police have arrested a suspect in the Tuesday mugging of an 86-year-old Las Vegas woman.

    Mario Montaño, who is 32 or 33, and resides on the 900 block of Union, was arrested on the Plaza on Friday, said Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño.

    Chief Montaño said a Las Vegas police sergeant was able to identify him from a video of the mugging.

    “He did admit to doing that,” the chief said. “He’s currently at the county detention facility.”

  • Choir to perform holiday favorites

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Concert Choir presents a Christmas Favorites concert at 3 p.m. today (Sunday) at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Some of the selections include traditional arrangements of Silver Bells, Sleigh Ride, Silent Night, and Oh Holy Night.

  • State budget officials say reserves come first

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Top budget officials for the state of New Mexico announced Wednesday that they intend to rebuild state reserves that have been depleted amid a sustained downturn in the oil and natural gas sectors.

    Finance and Administration Secretary Duffy Rodriguez told a legislative committee that her agency wants to restore state reserves to 5 percent of the state’s annual general fund appropriations by the end of the fiscal year in June.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Over the moon

    By Beth Urech

    One year ago, my first Beth Speaks for Herself column was published in The Las Vegas Optic. I was over the moon. By the way, did you see the Supermoon (officially the perigee-syzgy)? I watched it rising at the Highlands Observatory with my husband Mark, Joe McCaffrey, Ryan Rudolph, Elena Adali Jimenez, Henry R. Sanchez and other ardent moon gazers.

  • Gov offers assurance on health coverage

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has offered assurances that people won’t be left without health insurance as President-elect Donald Trump and fellow Republicans seek to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 20, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Special master to oversee food aid
    SANTA FE — A federal judge has appointed a court appointed “special master” to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department.

    A U.S. District Court judge appointed Thursday a veteran of the Texas Department of Human Services named Lawrence Parker who has overseen that state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.