Today's News

  • Holiday Stu: Spartans look like team to beat

    “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64”
    — The Beatles

    The 64th annual Stu Clark Tournament tips off at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Wilson Complex, bringing a hearty helping of holiday hoops to the Meadow City.

    A full-tournament pass can be had for $15; alternately, individual session tickets will be sold for $5 ($3 children younger than 6) at the door.

    The tourney runs through Saturday evening.

  • Tri-Cities on tap in Santa Rosa

    Two of the top three boys’ basketball teams in Class 3A could be on a collision course in this weekend’s annual Tri-Cities Tournament in Santa Rosa.

    Pecos (6-2), No. 2 in the classification, plays Mesa Vista at 4 p.m. Thursday on day one of the tourney.

  • Aggies reach Diamond Head final, fall to USC

    By The Associated Press

    HONOLULU — Bennie Boatwright drained a long 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left and Southern California held off New Mexico State 77-72 in the title game of the Diamond Head Classic Monday.

    The Trojans (9-4) won the tournament for the second time in program history with their third consecutive win. They also won the inaugural tournament in 2009.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Dec. 27-30

    WEDNESDAY (Dec. 27)
    • Las Vegas YABL games, 5:30 p.m., Abe Montoya Recreation Center

    • Stu Clark Tournament: Bernalillo vs. St. Pius X, 1 p.m.; Del Norte vs. Sandia Prep, 2:30 p.m.; West Las Vegas vs. Moriarty, 6 p.m.; Robertson vs. Taos, 7:30 p.m., TBA, Wilson Complex
    • Tri-Cities Tournament (featuring Mora, Pecos boys), Santa Rosa
    • Robertson girls at Texico Invite, TBA, Texico

  • So long, Christmas break

    When we get to the start of school each August, teachers and administrators understandably groan with catching up on the lost retention from 12 weeks or so of no coursework, no continuity.

    Yet, when it comes to the winter break, taking two full weeks or more to celebrate Christmas and New Years Day seem like a small price to pay for a vacation.

  • Beth Speaks For Herself: Tell your fellow Las Vegan 'Merry Christmas'

    Java and I were on Mills Avenue after our walk UP the bike path. At the Family Dollar Store, a car pulled up and the driver rolled down her window.

    I figured she wanted to talk to me, so I headed over. She pointed at Java and said, “Cute dog. I had a German shepherd.  Someone stole him.”

    “Oh, that’s terrible.”

    “I don’t have enough money to put up a fence. If I ever see my dog  in someone else’s yard, they’ll hear from me.”

  • Just A Thought: Mary had a little lamb white as snow

    “Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.”

    I am not talking about the lamb referred to in the nursery rhyme we learned as a child. I am talking about a young mother Mary, whose little lamb was a child who was named Jesus. A baby born 2000 years ago who would forever change the world. This baby was the lamb of God, the spotless lamb who would be hung and crucified on a cross some 33 years later.

  • Editorial Roundup, Dec. 24

    No taxpayer funds to settle harrasssment suits
    The following editorial was recently published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Something is truly amiss in American democracy if elected officials and political appointees think they have the right to dispense taxpayer dollars as hush-money payments to sexual harassment victims. Not only is this an egregious abuse of public money but it also helps abusers think they can avoid getting caught.

  • Mora County suing over complex

    Submitted to the Optic

    At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Mora County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the initiation and immediate filing of a lawsuit against Franken Construction Company, Hands Engineering, Inc., and Ortega, Romero & Rodriguez Architects, LLC, for damages arising from the faulty design and defective construction of the Mora County Complex.

  • Rollover leads to third DWI arrest

    A Rociada man was jailed after police found his vehicle overturned along N.M. Highway 94 on a recent evening.

    On Dec. 9 at about 8 p.m., New Mexico State Police were called to an area of Highway 94 near mile marker 2, where a white Ford F-150 pickup was found “on its hood” on the south shoulder, according to court documents. Debris found from the apparent wreck included a beer can with alcohol.