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Today's News

  • WLV runners set sights for Australia

    Azelynn Ulibarri doesn’t know a whole lot about Australia, she’ll admit.

    “They have cool accents,” she offered. “And pretty beaches.”

    Ulibarri, a West Las Vegas junior, and WLV freshman Gabriela Piña hope to get to know the Land Down Under a heck of a lot better by this summer. The two Lady Dons cross country runners have been selected to represent New Mexico in the 21st Annual Down Under Sports Tournaments beginning July 11.

  • EDITORIAL: No fair warning

    Qwest has a monopoly over phone service in much of New Mexico; it is granted that right through the state Public Regulation Commission.

    We hope that Qwest, a private company, would look out for its customers’ interests, but last week, the telecommunications giant failed in that regard.

  • COLUMN: 'Get a life' or "Go for it'

    Is there any cure for language purists of my ilk? Will I/we ever be able to relax, irrespective of the knowledge that somewhere in the world public signs with misspellings abound?

    Being a newly dubbed strait-laced language cop, I get it back twice as hard as I give. I parade around commenting on other people’s typos, but when something I write, and by extension, something that appears in the Optic, has a glaring error, we catch it (the scorn, not the error).

    How does it feel, Art?

    A couple of examples:

  • COLUMN: 222 pounds OK -- for a 9-footer

    A few hours ago, hundreds of millions watched the ball drop on Times Square, signaling the start of a new year, one of hope and promise, if not of prosperity.

    As they sang an ancient lay — something about an elderly man named Lang who owns an old sign — many people celebrated by uncorking bottles of champagne and later waking up to a man-sized headache today.         

    As for me, the real ache is a couple of feet lower.

    Let me explain:

  • 2 men rescued in recent blizzard

    Local search and rescue teams recently rescued two men who were lost in a blizzard near Sapello.

    The two men left around 2:30 p.m Dec. 22 from a cabin at Rincon Montoso, with plans to hike about three miles to Lone Pine Mesa above Sapello Canyon, according to a press release from San Miguel Search and Rescue.

    Around 4:45 p.m., the state police received a call from the two men, who said they were lost, the press release states.

  • ‘Excess energy’ issue remains

    The Dec. 26 paper had an article titled “PRC expands solar Incentives.” Solar, wind, alternative energy — we need to move in this direction sooner rather than later, right?

    The state Public Regulation Commission now requires PNM to pay (or better credit) businesses 15 cents per kilowatt hour they produce via solar, whereas the incentive for homes remains at 13 cents per kilowatt hour. Now, why is that? Is the solar power generated by businesses on their roofs somehow more valuable than the solar power generated on my residential roof?

  • COLUMN: Want a job? Talk to Marty

    Have you been passed up for a job opportunity at a local government agency for someone less qualified? You have the right degrees, years of experience, a record of accomplishments, a great list of references.

    But you forgot to do one thing — you didn’t talk with the morning coffee klatch at Hillcrest Restaurant.

    Oops. Apparently such a mistake can be a career killer.

  • Official: Housing agency improving

    In a long-awaited appearance before the City Council, a federal official said Wednesday that the city is making progress in removing its housing authority from troubled status.

    The official, Floyd Duran, also defended himself against allegations by a former employee that he had tried to “torpedo” the local authority.

  • COLUMN: Richardson's withdrawal

    SANTA FE — There is much we don’t know about Gov. Bill Richardson’s withdrawal of his nomination to be secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department.

    One thing we do know is that I’ve already missed on one of my 2009 predictions. I said 2009 would be as unpredictable as 2008. That was easy, considering all the stuff coming down these days.

  • WLV wrestlers win own tournament

    Winning a half dozen weight classes and reaching the finals in two others, the West Las Vegas wrestling team held off Bernalillo and the Robertson junior varsity for a victory in its own tournament Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West, coached by Robert Alarcon, amassed 154 team points. The second-place Spartans were second with 125, and the Cardinals had 102. Belen's junior varsity (61), Bataan Military Academy (47) and Capital (34) rounded out the team scoring in the tourney, which saw a couple of teams withdraw late after being scheduled to appear.