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Today's News

  • 2009: A look at the year's top stories

    Unlike in years past, Optic readers got to select the top stories for the year 2009, and the results reveal considerable correlation with selections of the Optic’s editorial staff, which elected this year to let subscribers decide.

    Topping the list was the multiple homicides in the Las Vegas area over the last year.

  • Lady Cards reach Goddard final

    Beset by a string of injuries and some disappointing losses in the first half of the season, the Robertson girls’ basketball team needed a pick-me-up during the holidays.

    They got it.

    Playing what head coach Aunna Bradley called their strongest basketball to date, the Lady Cardinals reached the championship game of the Goddard Invitational before losing to hometown team Roswell 50-44 on Wednesday.

    “We led most of the game,” Bradley noted. “Then they hit a couple of threes and took the lead from us.”

  • Mayor says he won't run again

    After two years at the helm, Mayor Tony Marquez announced this week that he would not run for another term.

    In March 2008, he trounced Mayor Henry Sanchez with nearly 40 percent of the vote in a five-way race. He came in promising to bring greater accountability and transparency and ending politics as usual.

    In a press release on Wednesday, Marquez said he wanted to spend more time on his faith, his family and on fitness. He also said he would explore his political options.

  • Letter: Father assaulted, nothing done

    It troubles me that the New Mexico State Police in Las Vegas can take its time to complete and investigate an assault. (As of this writing) it has been over 12 days since my 75-year-old father was assaulted by two brothers in their 20s and yet my father is the victim and the two brothers, who assaulted him, are free.

  • Letter: Lujan visits are disingenuous

    These so-called visits with the citizens in Las Vegas by our new (hopefully one-term) Congressman Ben Ray Lujan are fake and only intended to make Mr. Lujan appear interested in what we have to say. He has held only one public town hall meeting — immediately after he was elected. Now, he comes to town and only meets with selected citizens (like George Bush used to do) or with those folks who happen to hear about it weeks ahead of time and make an appointment to speak to him for five minutes in private. Does he think he is the Pope or what?

  • Pius smashes debuting Del Norte

    The Knights didn’t get to play in the nights at all in their first Stu Clark Tournament.

    Del Norte, the lone newcomer in this year’s tournament field, got to open the first afternoon session of the Meadow City’s 56th annual holiday hoops showcase on Monday. Trouble is, they had to face a restless bunch from St. Pius X eager to trade daylight basketball for prime time.

    Putting on a clinic of fundamental hoop skills, Damian Segura’s Pius team was a runaway winner 63-25.

  • Polar plunge on Friday

    Most people have been staying warm inside their houses the last few weeks, leaving only when they need to.

    But that won’t be the case for Philip Romero and scores of other Las Vegans at noon on New Year’s Day. They plan to take part in the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Storrie Lake.

    They go to the dock, and they all brave the chilly waters of Storrie. Most years, a crew has to break up the ice around the dock just so people can get in.

  • Cops say they followed evidence to suspect

    An alleged burglar left a trail of evidence last week — literally.

    City police said footprints in the snow led them to a suspect in a number of break-ins in an eastside neighborhood.

    Christopher Lopez, 19, 1010 Ninth St., was charged with aggravated burglary, three counts of tampering with evidence and larceny.

    Lopez had been charged in a burglary the previous month; he was out on bail for only four days when he was arrested in the latest break-ins.

  • Cards take contentious opener

    Sure, we’ve all seen plenty of three-point plays and the occasional four-point play on the basketball court.

    How about a five-point play?

    The Robertson Cardinals had a shot at one Monday night in their 88-73 win over Bernalillo on day one of the 56th Stu Clark Tournament.

    And though they got three points of the potential five, the play not only allowed RHS to overtake the Spartans for control of the game, it put the Cardinals in front for good in a contentious battle that saw both sides hit with technical fouls.

  • Work of Art: That would be nice ...

    With 2010 coming up, we wonder what changes we can expect. And if there are changes, which ones and to what extent?

    People don’t feel too concerned over the nice, even round number that 2010 will represent, nothing like when nature’s odometer turned from 1999 to 2000, or Year Two Thousand.