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  • Noticias - May 16, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@ lasvegasoptic.com

    • Luna Community College is offering enhanced college credit summer programs for high school students and 2011 graduating seniors. The programs will provide free tuition for up to eight credit hours, books and fees. Applications are available at the high school counseling offices and at the LCC Concurrent/Dual Credit office located in the technology building, room 114. For more information, call 454-5377 or 1-800-588-7232 ext. 175. Registration is on-going through June 10.

  • Water and the west side

    Let’s talk about some harsh realities. The first is about water, or the lack thereof. The second relates to the west side of town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 16, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: CAVE dwellers

    Last week I told you about my tour of the spaceport near Truth or Consequences, following a New Mexico Press Association meeting down there, but I didn’t say anything about TorC itself.

  • Lopers end Cowboys’ run

    New Mexico Highlands may have been the sixth and last team to make the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, but the Cowboys were one of the last teams playing by Saturday night, as the tourney field narrowed toward the finals.

    Nebraska-Kearney held off the Cowboys 12-8 in a Saturday night semifinal to end Highlands’ run.

    Highlands spotted UNK a 9-0 lead by the halfway point of the third inning before getting on the board in the bottom of the third. Eric Maupin drove in Erik Scott, and A.J. Alexander later did the same for J.P. Hollywood.

  • Strong finish

    Daniel Martinez, Jon Adam Dimas, Danielle Gurule, the combination of Abbey Bradley, Chantel Davis, Kristen Montaño and Erica Herrera, and the team of Martinez, Johnathan Lucero, David Coca and Keen Martinez captured individual championship medals over the weekend, and Robertson’s boys surged to a second-place team finish in the Class 3A state track and field championship meet.

    The Cardinal boys accumulated 58 team points, trailing only Lovington (67).

  • Area teams battle it out in state playoffs

    A roundup of state baseball and softball results involving area teams:


    That last-minute doubleheader with fifth-ranked Portales (resulting in a split on the final day of the regular season) almost paid off for the West Las Vegas softball team.

    The Lady Dons put up a fight before being eliminated 4-2 by those same Rams in the losers’ bracket of the state tournament Friday morning at Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 16, 2011

    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • Recycling plan moving forward

    If everything goes according to plan, recycling in San Miguel County and Las Vegas will get a little easier by the end of August.

    The San Miguel County Commission on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding with the city that will effectively create a regional recycling system. The city still needs to sign off on the agreement.

    “It’s going to be a unified effort between San Miguel County and the city,” said Harold Garcia, the county’s public service foreman. “We’re appreciative the city is working with us on this.”

  • Air transport venture takes flight lenging and rewarding’

    Steve and Susan Spande saw a need in the community and decided to invest their  life savings on addressing it.

    In March, the Pecos couple launched their new business venture, Western States Air Medical LLC, a company that provides medical air transport for Alta Vista Regional Hospital patients.

    “We had seen need specifically out of this hospital for a more rapid medical transport,” Steve Spande said. “We decided that this would be a good time to get going so we basically cashed in all of our savings and put this business together.”