Today's News

  • Putin influence questionable

    By Tim Dahlberg
    AP Sports Columnist

    Once again, the people who run the Olympics just can’t say no to Vladimir Putin.

    Not when he spends more than $50 billion to host a winter Olympics to show off a resurgent Russia. Not when he talks darkly about returning to the days of Olympic boycotts in 1980 and 1984.

    Certainly not when he suggests that doping officials of one powerful country — can you guess which one? — are behind efforts to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics.

  • Phelps is flagbearer

    The Associated Press

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Michael Phelps has a lot of memorable moments at the Olympics.
    This one ranks right up there.

    Adding another honor to his remarkable career, Phelps was chosen to carry the U.S. flag in Friday night’s opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium.

  • ‘Lunch-bucket guys’ lead U.S. hoops team

    The Associated Press

    CHICAGO — Nearly every time coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball boss Jerry Colangelo stage a reunion in their hometown, there’s plenty of backslapping, a trophy gleaming in the background and the only thing they have to protect is their cocktails.

    This time around, it’s about safeguarding the Olympic legacy the two built over more than a decade.

  • Looking Ahead

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA

  • Day of Reckoning

    By Mercy López
    and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the end, it came down to Charles Trujillo in the back seat of a state police vehicle  on a rainy evening in August.

  • BREAKING: Local DA is charging former PED Licensure Bureau chief

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar

    Las Vegas Optic

    Authorities have arrested the man who was once in charge of the state Public Education Department’s Licensure Bureau, and he is now facing multiple counts of forgery and fraud for faking his credentials.

    Charles Trujillo was arrested Thursday evening in Albuquerque on an arrest warrant.

  • Mistrial in Hubble case

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said Thursday that the criminal case against a Las Vegas couple accused of extreme animal cruelty to animals in connection with the death of a pit bull terrier last September will move forward despite a mistrial declared in the case on Wednesday.

    Alex Alirez, 43, and Panchita Maes-Alirez, 35, are each facing felony counts of extreme cruelty to animals and four misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

  • Highlands student gets organic farming experience

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University conservation management student enjoyed getting her  hands dirty this summer learning about horticulture through an organic farming internship.

    Karlee Rogers worked at V’s Organic Farm in Buena Vista, N.M., doing everything from sampling and testing soil to harvesting crops and helping build a new greenhouse.

  • Heritage Week: Historic homes tour is Saturday

    Las Vegas has a long and unique history, which includes Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, the Santa Fe Trail and Harvey Houses.

    Not only is Las Vegas’ life story in books, but it is also seen through more than 60 major productions which have been filmed here, including Easy Rider, Wild Hogs, Wyatt Earp, All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and the popular television series Longmire.

    For the next week, Las Vegas will celebrate its diverse and unique history through plenty of events as part of this year’s Heritage Week.

  • Most of state still in severe drought

    The Associated Press

    Despite the start of monsoon season, most of New Mexico is under severe drought, thanks to high temperatures last month and below average rainfall.

    Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor showed that 72 percent of New Mexico is experiencing severe drought conditions. Nearly 100 percent of the state is “abnormally dry” or worse.

    The drought conditions are returning a year after the state received a good amount of rainfall.