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Today's News

  • District 4 Tourneys

    Opening day of the 2014 District 4 Little League tournaments was good for the hometown favorites.

    Steven Encinias’ solo home run and a seven-strikeout start by Antonio Padilla boosted Las Vegas 11-12 baseball against Taos in a 22-0 romp, capping a big Saturday for local sluggers and their hundreds of fans at Rodriguez Park.

    In the only all-Meadow City meeting of day one, host La Plaza 10-11 won a back-and-forth battle with Las Vegas 11-9.
    LVLL 11-12 softball blanked Taos 20-0 and advances to play the Raton-Santa Rosa winner.

  • Robbers: 4 all-stars

    Shane Casey, Clint Manzo, Gary Owens and Josh Tols of the Las Vegas Train Robbers have been honored with selection to the Northern Division All-Star team in the Pecos League’s annual midsummer classic.

  • NM native hits walk-off winning HR

    With the game on the line Friday, Brian Cavazos-Galvez swung at the first pitch he saw from Reno’s Joe Peterson.

    It was the right move.

    The ball sailed over the left-field wall at Isotopes Park, and a 2-2 stalemate in the bottom of the seventh instantly turned into a 3-2 Albuquerque victory in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader with the Aces. (Albuquerque also went on to win the nightcap 3-2.)

  • Looking ahead - Sports - June 30, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Pecos League All-Star Game, 6 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Tecolote vs. Vegas Boyz, 5;45 p.m.; Hackers vs. Tecolote, 7 p.m., Rodriguez Complex

  • Breaking: Regulators forcing changes at Community 1st Bank

    Concerns about problem loans at Community 1st Bank have prompted state and federal regulators to force the Las Vegas institution to make a series of changes, including removing Ray Litherland as its CEO and mandating tighter controls in how it lends money.

  • Plaza Hotel deal gets OK

    The New Mexico Finance Authority signed off Thursday on the sale of the Plaza Hotel, a move that clears the way for the new owner of the Castañeda Hotel to close on the purchase of the Plaza this Monday.

    The Plaza Hotel went into receivership in June 2012 after the previous owner of the property defaulted on a loan to Española-based Valley National Bank. The hotel has remained open throughout the ordeal, although it has reportedly been losing money.

  • Senior profile - Dr. Mary Schipper and Tom Trigg

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    In September of 2003, Mary Schipper and Tom Trigg took seriously Mary’s brother, Mark’s, suggestion that they look into the Las Vegas/Mora Valley area as an option for their “dream site.” The couple made a 10-day visit, and it didn’t take much to convince them that here was a place that could cure their “flashbacks” to the climate they had enjoyed in their one-year stay in Lesoto, Africa.

  • Watchdog group warns city officials

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has warned the city of Las Vegas that restricting public criticism of staff and elected officials at City Council meetings may be violating a citizen’s constitutional right of free speech.

  • A new resource for assault victims

    Victims of sexual assault will soon have a resource that hasn’t been available locally, thanks to a coalition of service providers, community groups and law enforcement.

    The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program has been operating in New Mexico for nearly 20 years, with the closest program being in Santa Fe.

    Beginning on Sept. 1, Las Vegas will have a SANE program of its own at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Looking Back - June 27, 2014

    In 1964

    Tuesday, June 30 — Fire this morning gutted the Montezuma street School on Montezuma Street in West Las Vegas. The fire apparently broke out shortly after 7 this morning and seems to have started in a closet. An estimate of damage was between $7,000 and $8,000 if the fire did not weaken the structure, and a total loss if the structure was weakened. The frame building housed two classrooms with about 55 students enrolled.