Today's News

  • Another Perspective — What to know about Medicare in 2014

    By Bob Moss

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Year brings improvements and other changes to Medicare. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect in 2014.
    The best news is that there are no changes in Medicare’s Part B premium and deductible.

    The standard premium for the part of Medicare that covers your doctor visits and outpatient hospital care will stay the same — $104.90 per month. Over the past three years, the premium has remained unchanged or turned out lower than first projected.

  • Freeze frame - Robertson beats Silver, sub-zero temps in 3A championship game

    Frigid conditions and a snow-covered field didn’t slow the Robertson Cardinals on Saturday in the Class 3A state championship football game.

    Neither did the Silver Colts.

    The host Cardinals scored 20 unanswered points in the pivotal third quarter to capture the state title — Robertson’s third on the gridiron in school history.

  • Cowboys win in OT

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The Cowboys men’s basketball team opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Friday night and decided 40 minutes was not enough. New Mexico Highlands (4-1, 1-0 RMAC) went into double overtime to knock off Colorado Christian 102-100 in a thrilling contest.

  • Lobos 7-1 after beating Cincy

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico coach Craig Neal watched his Lobos play exactly according to his game plan Saturday against Cincinnati.

    And the result was a 63-54 New Mexico victory.

    “I thought our guys did the game plan exactly the way we should,” Neal said. “I thought we did a great job on just keep pushing forward with our tempo. Trying to take good shots. Don’t turn the ball over against their press and play really good defense. And I thought our guys did that.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 9

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., MMS

    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B) vs. Socorro, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., WLV

    • Robertson boys (A,B) at Sandia Prep tourney, TBA, Albuquerque

  • Union chief accused before

    The head of one of the city’s unions who has been charged with battery over an October incident was accused in April of bullying another man and even threatening to have him thrown out of his public housing unit.

    Benito Lujan, 32, who works for the city’s housing department, wasn’t charged or disciplined over the April incident.

  • Student hit while going to school

    A 14-year-old Memorial Middle School student was struck by a white SUV on Tuesday morning at the intersection of Old National and Legion while going to school.

    According to the police accident report, the 41-year-old female driver of the SUV had just dropped off her daughter at the school and did not see the teenage boy crossing the crosswalk due to poor visibility caused by sun glare.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said EMS responded to the accident, but the juvenile’s injuries appeared to be minor.

  • Last of the Legends - Code Talker to discuss experience

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Cpl. Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 World War II Navajo Code Talkers, will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at the historic Plaza Hotel.

    The presentation will be in the ballroom.

    Judith Avila, the author of Nez’ memoir, Code Talker, is also part of the presentation. The bestselling Code Talker is the only memoir by one of the original 29 Code Talkers. Nez is the only surviving member.

  • Obama seeks hike in minimum wage

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal Wednesday to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape poverty.

    “That should offend all of us,” he declared. “We are a better country than this.”

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