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  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 28, 2017

    The annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally is in its 12th year in Las Vegas. This weekend’s activities will feature many visiting and local bikers who come to the Meadow City to donate blood, attend an art show reception, enjoying live music, and getting acquainted and re-acquainted with fellow bikers and local folk. The proof of the rally’s popularity is the appearance of hundreds of shiny cycles strung along both sides of Bridge Street.


  • Dispatch New Mexico - All about voting and other fraudulent activities

    Distrust in our government must be at an all-time high, or at least comparable to the Watergate years.

    Donald Trump certainly didn’t create the distrust; instead, he capitalized off it for a phenomenal rise to power. But now he’s as much a part of the problem as any other Washington insider, and is even creating problems that didn’t seem to exist before he hit town.

  • Isotopes retaliate against Storm Chasers

    Last time out was rough for Albuquerque pitcher Zach Jemiola.

    Jemiola gave up nine earned runs on 10 hits and three walks in a truncated start that lasted just four innings, and the Isotopes stumbled to a 14-11 loss to Tacoma.

    This time, Jemiola wasn’t perfect, but he was efficient. He scattered 10 hits and only one walk over six complete innings, allowing just one run on Wednesday night in the Isotopes’ 13-1 win over Omaha at Isotopes Park.

  • Area coaches honored

    Robertson’s Warren and Roman Fulgenzi – who’ve manned the sidelines for four consecutive state championship wins by the Lady Cardinal girls’ program ­— have been honored as Tennis Coaches of the Year for the state by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Both RHS boys’ and girls’ teams won the Class 1A-4A state team tennis championships this past May in Albuquerque.

    The girls’ squad has won four in a row dating back to spring 2014, and the boys have won two state titles in the last three years.

  • NMHU hosting kids’ soccer camp Aug. 5-6

    Players and coaches from the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer program will serve as instructors for an upcoming youth soccer camp in Las Vegas.

    The NMHU youth soccer camp is set for Aug. 5-6 and is open to both boys and girls, ages 5 to 12. Sessions will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. both days. At this point, the camp will be held at Highlands’ Perkins Stadium, with parents to be notified 48 hours in advance of any changes in the venue.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 28, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Iowa Cubs, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Iowa Cubs, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Iowa Cubs, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

  • Shootout suspect robbed store in San Miguel County, police say

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Texas man who was taken into custody after a shootout with police on I-25 in Santa Fe County drew attention to himself by committing crimes in San Miguel County.

    Accoridng to the New Mexico State Police, at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located along Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County at the San Jose exit, between Ribera and Pecos.

  • Twelfth annual bike rally set for this weekend

    It’s almost time for the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. The 12th annual event starts Friday and ends on Sunday afternoon. As always, there will be plenty of fun, music and chrome.

    “This is a very critical event for the area,” Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally member Kayt Peck said. “It brings in plenty of people to Las Vegas and the area. They also visit area restaurants and businesses.”

  • Luna president candidates include current LCC, NMHU staff

    Several familiar names have applied for the presidency of Luna Community College.

    The eight applicants for the position are James Alarid, Jennifer M. Carbajal, Eloy Anthony Chavez, Sharon Lalla, Manuel J. Lucero, Twila Quintana, Rolando Miguel Rael, and Joseph Peter Sánchez.

    The applicants will be reviewed by a presidential search committee. The college’s board of trustees will name presidential search committee members during their August meeting.

  • Never, ever double-space — ever

    Doing research through old microfilms of the Optic, at Highlands’ Donnelly Library, I soon thought of abandoning the project — for several reasons.

    For years, a laboratory somewhere would take each issue of the Optic, photograph it and convert it to a 35mm reel of film that contained the days’ news. But that didn’t make things perfect.