Today's News

  • Veteran coach killed in crash

    The Associated Press

    CLOVIS, N.M. — A longtime basketball coach in eastern New Mexico is dead after a traffic accident north of Clovis.

    Curry County Sheriff’s officials say 52-year-old J.D. Isler died Sunday after his pickup truck collided with a semi-truck. He was declared dead at the scene.

    Isler was in his first season at Elida High School, following a two-year absence from coaching.

  • Going green - West Las Vegas downs Mora in clash of neighbors

    Maria Garcia slapped her hands in frustration on the hardwood at midcourt of the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.


    Two seconds earlier, she’d had the basketball in her hands, seemingly ready to orchestrate a scoring play for her Mora girls’ squad.

    But West Las Vegas’ Kyanna Spaulding had come up from behind and picked her pocket, and Garcia had tumbled to the floor after trying in vain to regain possession. Spaulding wound up dashing to the hoop for a layup after the steal.

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  • And then there were four

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    There are the 2007 Patriots, a juggernaut, and the 2014 not-so-dominant version.

    There are the current Seahawks, not quite as fearsome as last year’s championship edition.

    Throw in a Packers team that doesn’t much resemble the Lombardi squads, and a group of Colts who have experienced more ups and downs this season than the rest of this Final Four.

    Yes, it’s been a long and winding road to the conference title games for New England, Seattle, Green Bay and Indianapolis.

  • Record number tuning in for NFL playoffs

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The NFL’s divisional playoff weekend drew its biggest television audience ever.

    The four games last weekend averaged 37.8 million viewers. The previous high was 36.6 million in 2011.

    The league said Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers’ 26-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday was the second-most watched divisional game on record. It averaged 44.4 million viewers on Fox. The New York Giants’ upset of the Packers in 2012 drew 45.1 million viewers.

  • Green Bay wants to test Seattle’s vaunted ‘D’

    By Genaro C. Armas
    AP Sports Writer

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Seattle’s Richard Sherman may have more to do this time against the Green Bay Packers.

    The Packers didn’t throw in the Pro Bowl cornerback’s direction when the teams met in the season opener in September, a 36-16 win for the Seahawks.

    The game plan for the rematch on Sunday in the NFC title game is still in flux. Still, the offense seems better equipped this time around to face Sherman and Seattle’s swarming defense.

  • Indy’s defense may present challenge for New England

    By Michael Marot
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano came to Indianapolis making the case for a robust defense.

    Now the Colts coach has the proof he needs to demonstrate it’s working.

    The stats have improved, the game tapes look better and a suddenly stout defense is one of the major reasons the Colts are playing for their third AFC title Sunday at New England.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 16

    • NMHU women and men vs. Chadron State, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys vs. Portales at St. Michael’s Shootout, 5:30 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas boys, girls at Hope Christian tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Texas Tech, TBA, Lubbock, Texas
    • Robertson at Joe Vivian Classic, TBA, Albuquerque


  • BREAKING: 7 file for Luna board posts

    By Martin Salazar

    Seven people filed paperwork Wednesday to run for three seats on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    The District 2 race pits incumbent Tony A. Valdez against challengers Richard Jaramillo and Michael Angelo Adams. All three reside in Las Vegas.

    The District 4 seat is currently held by Frankie Tenorio, but he has decided not to seek re-election. The three candidates in that race are Victor R. Ramirez, of Gonzales Ranch, Severiano Sisneros of Santa Rosa and Nick F. Maestas of Anton Chico.

  • Mayor picks Martinez

    Seven months after Mayor Alfonso Ortiz tapped Elmer Martinez to serve as acting city manager, the mayor is looking to make the appointment permanent.

    A special City Council meeting to act on the mayor’s appointment was scheduled for Tuesday evening, after this edition went to press.

    “He has done a good job,” Ortiz told the Optic during a telephone interview Monday.

    Indeed, Martinez has drawn praise regularly from Ortiz and members of the City Council since he stepped into the city’s top administrative role in June.