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Today's News

  • A look at 'Latino Beginnings'

    Let me begin with a confession — although I am trying to live green, I still watch TV. Being a contender for “cheapest man alive,” I have abandoned cable and dish, and I now watch TV for free through several internet television sites, most notably Hulu.com and Fancast.com. I get to watch all sorts of great stuff, but that’s not what this column is really about.

  • Man is killed in Mora County

    A man is accused of killing another in Mora County on Wednesday.

    Leroy Lovato, 61, of Holman was the victim, state police Capt. Toby Dolan said. Arrested on an open count of murder was Daniel Lovato, 27, of Las Vegas, who is believed to be related to the victim, officials said.

    Around 10:30 a.m., a call was made to 911 about a possible homicide. Four state police officers responded to the call, which was made from Holman, three miles east of Mora.

  • Las Vegas Museum offers community blog

    The Las Vegas City museum is seeking suggestions for improvement, and has created a community blog to encourage community members to offer their recommendations for change.

  • Victims: Coaches were aware

    SANTA FE — “I went to the bathroom, and I cried.”

    That’s what the youngest victim of an alleged sexual assault at a Robertson High football preseason camp recalled of the moments after he was allegedly ambushed, pinned to the floor and violated with a broomstick by a group of teammates.

  • A world without race

    Imagine walking outside your door and seeing nothing but peace. There’s nobody out there cussing and yelling at each other. Nobody is fighting. Imagine having a world with no race. Everybody full of peace, love and no judgment. Sounds all like a dream, right? It really isn’t; it’s within arm’s reach but nobody seems to realize it.

  • COLUMN: What's ahead for New Mexico

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans got a big taste of high politics yesterday as President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address followed by Gov. Bill Richardson’s State of the State address.

    Obama’s speech was a bit more upbeat, which inaugural addresses need to be. Richardson had to be more cautious. After six years of burgeoning revenues, this was his first experience with a sharply declining state income.

  • Rising from the ashes

    Las Vegas is a community with a heart. When an act of arson caused two valued members of the community to suffer a loss, some of the most talented people in the Las Vegas area joined to put together a fundraising benefit.

    A concert suited to every taste will be presented on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Vince Rivera dies; LV loses another sports icon

    When my good friend Manny Lucero sent me a text Saturday morning stating that he and his wife Ita were on their way to Albuquerque, as her brother-in-law, former Optic sports writer Vince Rivera, was being administered last rites, I felt a thump in my chest.

    As the day progressed, I would text Manny for updates on Vince’s status. Finally, shortly after 10 p.m. the text message came: “Vince just passed away.”

  • Friends remember fallen Vatos player

    While many will associate Mike Esquibel’s name with the horrific way he died this past Thursday, those who knew him are remembering him as a good friend who loved the adventure of new experiences yet stayed fiercely loyal to the people and places of his hometown.

    Esquibel died after his pickup truck was struck by a train on a crossing north of Las Vegas.

    Funeral services were scheduled this morning at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, followed by a gathering of his friends at the Plaza Hotel.

  • COLUMN: It's in the Cards

    The headline for the sports pages of Feb. 2 has already been written: Cardinals Defeat Steelers; Arizona Breaks 61-Year Drought.

    Well, the headline is written, at least for a slew of area folks who predict an Arizona victory. Why? The key reasons are “They deserve it” and “They’re closer.”

    Super Bowl XLIII is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla.