Today's News

  • State champs! Las Vegas 10-11 softball earns title the hard way

    Marissa Sanchez saw the pitch coming and as soon as the ball entered the strike zone her bat made a familiar sound — a sweet pop — as it made contact.

    The ball sailed neatly into the gap in center field, too far for the infielders to reach and too close for the outfielders to get it. Sanchez tossed her bat behind her and darted to first base just as teammate Azlyn Padilla, who’d been perched impatiently at third, sprinted home.

  • Patterson earns All-Star nod

    As the team reaches All-Star Break, the Albuquerque Isotopes closed the season’s first half with an 8-5 win over Las Vegas on Saturday in Nevada.

    Tom Murphy drove in five runs and homered twice to lead the visitors.

    That caps a much-needed three-game win streak for Albuquerque (37-53). The Isotopes have won six of 10 in the month of July after enduring a difficult June.

  • Serena exits Wimbledon with 2 titles

    By Howard Fendrich
    AP Tennis Writer

    LONDON — Serena Williams is leaving Wimbledon with two trophies, teaming with her older sister Venus to win a women’s doubles final that began a little more than three hours after the singles final ended Saturday.

    The American siblings won their sixth doubles championship at the All England Club and 14th as a pair at all Grand Slam tournaments by beating fifth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 13, 2016

    • Albuquerque Isotopes on Triple-A All-Star Break

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • State Little League tournaments TBA
    • State Little League tournaments TBA


  • BREAKING: Griego to stand trial on corruption charges

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico district court is ordering that former state Sen. Phil Griego stand trial in a public corruption case on charges including fraud, bribery and perjury.

    Judge Brett Loveless found on Friday there was probable cause to pursue nine out of 10 charges filed by the state attorney general's office against the former Democratic lawmaker who resigned in 2015 amid a Senate ethics probe.

  • 'America is weeping': Taking stock after 3 days of tragedy

    AP National Writers

    NEW YORK — Can this really be America in 2016?

    Three tumultuous days have brought echoes of decades past and made clear a public that elected a black president hasn't reconciled its fractured history with race, that a country that lived through unrest and assassinations in the 1960s and 1970s still bubbles with resentment and rage, and that bloody images of violent tragedy aren't going away.

  • Horrified

    By Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after the sniper slayings of five officers during a protest march told authorities that he was upset about the police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, “especially white officers,” officials said Friday.

  • Another shakeup at City Hall

    City officials are poised to show another administrator the door, calling a special Council meeting for Monday morning to terminate Community Development Director Lindsey Valdez.

    Valdez was placed on administrative leave earlier this month. In a message to her supporters on Facebook, Valdez wrote that she plans to attend Monday’s Council meeting and to advocate for projects she has been working on during the public input portion of the meeting.

  • DA’s daughter involved in DWI crash

    The 17-year-old daughter of District Attorney Richard Flores was arrested last weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she crashed her car near the intersection of Valley and Keen streets.

    Police reports released to the Optic on Friday morning state that Cameron Flores smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. The reports also reveal that an open container was found inside the vehicle she was driving, and that she admitted to an officer that she had consumed alcohol.

  • Alta Vista still struggling to recruit OBs

    By Staci Matlock
    The New Mexican

    Four months after Alta Vista Regional Hospital shuttered its labor, delivery and pediatric services with only six days’ notice to patients and providers, the Las Vegas region’s only hospital is still struggling to find medical staff needed to help pregnant women deliver babies close to home.