Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Cookbooks and recipes bring delightful memories

    My friends can come up with some strange things at times. I was just given a sour dough starter. It rests in a gallon Ziplock bag, must be mushed around every morning and more sugar, milk and flour added so it can multiply. This wonderful old yeast like dough continues to bubble and form gas as it works on my kitchen counter. One day soon some of it will become bread, hopefully.

  • A Super experience

    By Chris Jenkins
    AP Sports Writer

    IRVING, Texas — When it comes to Super Bowl experience, the Green Bay Packers are pretty, well, green.

    Even their coach.

    When Mike McCarthy leads his team into Cowboys Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, it will be his first time at the big game — even as a spectator.

    His family wanted to go, but he always said no. Not until one of his teams actually played in it.

  • Sports commentary: Herrera was a ‘Super’ coach

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a series of articles written on old-school athletics by Luna Community College sports performance instructor Henry Sanchez.

    By Henry Sanchez
    Special to the Optic

    In the world of athletics, if a coach or athlete is known by one name it is considered the ultimate sign of respect. For example there are Babe (Ruth), Bird (Larry), Michael (Jordan), Wilt (Chamberlain) and Kobe (Bryant) to name a few.

  • East board getting a new look

    By Tom McDonald and Don Pace
    Las Vegas Optic

    A veteran member of the Las Vegas City Schools board has been defeated in his attempt for a six straight term in office.

    Ricky Serna, 30, earned his first four-year term on the school board by defeating Patrick Romero by only 59 votes. Serna garnered 41 percent of the vote to Romero’s 36 percent. Stephanie Salazar, a Las Vegas police dispatcher, got 23 percent of the vote in that race.

  • West LV unseats two out of three

    By Tom McDonald and Don Pace
    Las Vegas Optic

    Four years ago, they rode in to office on a wave of dissatisfaction with how the West Las Vegas School District had been handling it finances. This year, two of them were driven out by another wave of apparent dissatisfaction.

  • Man charged with battery, more

    A Belen man is accused of beating his girlfriend, dragging her by the hair, throwing her over a fence, stuffing dirt in her mouth and nose and threatening her life during a Jan. 27 fight near the village of Ribera.

    John Whiteman, 41, of Belen, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and aggravated battery against a household member.

  • Police and force

    Maybe it’s just whom we run with, but we’ve spoken with no one who thinks the city made a bad decision in hiring Christian Montaño as chief of the Las Vegas Police Department. We suspect that’s because of his professional demeanor, his top-notch training and his apparent dedication to his “calling” to serve and protect. We hope and expect him to do well at his new post.

  • Work of Art: First, tell us who’s playing

    By Art Trujillo

    It’s not exactly a case of generalized apathy, but the zeal that’s usually apparent around Super Bowl season just isn’t there.

    The column of Super Bowl predictions lacks the wide-eyed passion we expect. And to no one’s surprise, some said, “I’ll tell you my prediction if you’ll tell me who’s playing.”

  • Highlands sweeps Springs teams

    Chris Newsome stole the ball with 11 seconds left and, after drawing a foul, sank one of two free throws to preserve a hard-fought 90-84 win by New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team against host Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday night.

    The final minute proved crucial.

    Alan Paul’s dunk had given the Mountain Lions an 84-82 lead with a minute left in regulation.

    Thomas Manzano answered with an old-school three-point play, making it 85-84.

  • A Classic wrestling weekend

    As this past weekend’s Cardinal Classic approached, Robertson head wrestling coach Richard Martinez and his staff found themselves thinking strategically.

    With several of Robertson’s wrestlers ailing from either injury or illness — Troy Estrada, Dominic Lucero and John Pino among them — Martinez allowed them time to recuperate rather than rush them back for the Classic, the only major home event of the season and one of the larger wrestling tournaments in the state.