Today's News

  • Sluggers in Juniors, Seniors up to bat

    Las Vegas Optic

    District All-Star tournaments are coming this week for those on the Juniors and Seniors levels, with Las Vegans among those hoping to advance to state and regional competition.

    The District 4 tourneys for younger age groups — 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 — are currently under way in Raton. Brackets for the Juniors and Seniors divisions were to be finalized and announced early this week.

  • Reserved seating

    Sometimes the stands are packed. Other times, there are plenty of good seats to be had.

    But at every home game for the West Las Vegas baseball team, there’s one seat that remains vacant — a chair of honor reserved for the ones who cannot be present.

    The black chairback, marked with the familiar Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action insignias, is meant to acknowledge and pay tribute to the sacrifices of the military, particularly those designated as POWs or MIA.

  • NBA draft goes abroad

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.

    The Philadelphia 76ers took the Australian with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, making him the first of a record 14 international players chosen in the first round.

    Nearly half the selections in the 30-pick round were international players, topping the 12 international players in the first round in 2013.

  • Garneau homer can’t break slide for Topes

    Dustin Garneau drilled a home run and a double in a 2-for-4 outing Thursday night, but it was just the silver lining for what went down as the Isotopes’ seventh consecutive loss.

    Host Fresno won 5-2 to take the third straight game in the four-game series.

    The skid is the longest of the season for Albuquerque, which occupies the cellar in the PCL’s Pacific Southern Division with a 31-43 record under Glenallen Hill.

    Garneau opened the scoring with a two-out solo home run in the top of the second inning.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 26, 2016

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •District 4 Little League Tournaments, games TBA, Raton
    •District 4 Little League Tournaments, games TBA, Raton

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •District 4 Little League Tournaments, games TBA, Raton
    •District 4 Little League Tournaments, games TBA, Raton


  • Rec center to remain open in July

    City of Las Vegas officials have decided to delay the closing of the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center by at least one month.

    The announcement came less than a week after patrons of the recreation center packed into the City Council chambers during last  Council meeting and pleaded for an alternate workout while the rec center is closed for repairs. Some of those patrons also criticized the city for its decision to close the rec center when children are on summer vacation.

  • Senior Profile: Marking 50 years as a nun

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    The 11th-born of 15, Sister Mary Teresa Pacheco grew up poor, but not like the poor she witnessed while living in Mexico for 30 years.

    Working as a nun and sole nurse at an orphanage with 260 children and 40 abandoned elderly, Pacheco saw a desperate need for food, clothing and schools.

    “Mexico is destitute, more than poor,” said Pacheco, a Rainsville native who said she may have never left Mora County if she hadn’t become a nun 50 years ago.

  • New HU dean outlines priorities

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two top priorities for the new School of Business, Media and Technology dean at Highlands University are accreditation and reviewing academic programs to streamline degree completion.

    “We’re getting ready for accreditation in 2017 with Mary Romero, an excellent department chair, leading that effort,” Taylor said. “We’re also doing a complete review of our academic programs to make sure we can graduate students in four years at 120 credit hours.”

  • ‘No’ to Obama’s immigration plans, high court says

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A short-handed and deeply divided Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Barack Obama’s immigration plan to help millions living in the U.S. illegally, effectively killing the plan for the rest of his presidency and raising the stakes even further for the November elections.

  • Jail Log June 24, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 13 and June 22:
    Gerald Saiz, 37, 60-day commitment
    Luanna Lucero, 32, probation violation: absconding
    Hjalmer Spottedbear, 31, disorderly conduct, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer
    Daniel Orndorff, 28, probation violation: possession of heroin
    Leopoldo Lovato, 51, driving on a suspended/revoked license
    Andrea Gonzales, 39, battery on a household member
    Tana Varela, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate