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Today's News

  • Work of Art: ‘Dress Me, Ultima,’ ‘Last of the Topekans’ quite popular flicks

    Last week’s column about scrambled movie titles drew some interesting emails from local readers. We heard from Geri Herrera and Chad Boliek. And though it shames me to admit it, some of their responses were cleverer than mine.

    1. The first item dealt with an invasion at our own Memorial Middle School and featured a leader whose body received extra pigment because of exposure to the sun. According to Boliek, the movie, “Red Dawn,” featured Red Juan or Big Red Juan.

  • Bringin’ home the banners

    With three championship banners and counting in the first three days of the District 4 Little League tournaments, the Meadow City is well on its way to another impressive haul this summer.

    Less than one full day into the tournaments, Las Vegas had its first champion already crowned.

    The 9-11 softball all-stars from Las Vegas Little League hoisted the banner in that division on Saturday not long after opening ceremonies. With no opponents to contend with in the bracket, the team advances to state in July.

  • Topes’ Patterson earns honor

    Riding a hitting streak that reached 11 games Monday night, Albuquerque Isotopes first baseman and outfielder Jordan Patterson has been honored as the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for June 19-25.

    A 25-year-old Mobile, Ala., native in his second season with the Isotopes, Patterson hit a robust .423 over six games; that included three home runs, 10 runs batted in and seven runs scored.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 28, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.

    Softball
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    Softball
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Tacoma Rainiers, 8:05 p.m., Tacoma, Wash.
    Softball

  • Pecos man killed in standoff with state police

    By Mercy López and Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic

    Interstate 25 and a frontage road in the Rowe area were closed for several hours Sunday night and Monday when an officer-involved shooting led to the death of a Pecos man.

    According to the New Mexico State Police, it is investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred around 1:15 a.m. Monday in Rowe, near Pecos. Rip S. Huntington, 36, was killed after a lengthy situation in which NMSP says Huntington fired a weapon at police.

  • Little League updates: Vegas reaps first district title

    Less than one full day into the District 4 Little League tournaments, Las Vegas has its first champion already crowned.

    The 9-11 softball all-stars from Las Vegas Little League hoisted the banner in that division on Saturday shortly after opening ceremonies. With no opponents to contend with in the bracket, the team advances to state in July.

    Highlighting a full first day of games in Santa Rosa, Taylor Quintana recorded a perfect pitching game and struck out 12 batters in Las Vegas' 29-0 romp over Santa Rosa in the 8-10 softball bracket.

  • OB unit inches toward reopening

    The reopening of the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is inching closer toward fruition.

    Friday, hospital officials announced that two new OB/GYN providers have been hired and will soon start accepting patients.

    Dr. Carol Kiesling and Dr. R. Eric Seward, both OB/GYN physicians, have joined the hospital medical staff.

    “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kiesling and Dr. Seward to our medical staff, which means our community once again has local, convenient access to OB/GYN services,” Alta Vista CEO Chris Wolf said.

  • OB unit inches towards reopening

    The reopening of the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is inching closer to fruition.

    On Friday, hospital officials announced that two new OB/GYN providers have been hired and will soon start accepting patients.

    Dr. Carol Kiesling and Dr. R. Eric Seward, both OB/GYN physicians, have joined the hospital medical staff.

    “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kiesling and Dr. Seward to our medical staff, which means our community once again has local, convenient access to OB/GYN services,” Alta Vista CEO Chris Wolf said.

  • Board gives Sanchez the boot

    Luna Community College President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez’s tenure at the institution will soon come to a halt. According to a LCC press release, the college’s board of trustees meeting on Tuesday voted to end Sanchez’s employment contract on June 30.

  • A century of experiences

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Buford Johnson had already established a life in New Mexico when his country called and needed his services.

    In 1943, Johnson was already married and had one child, but that didn’t stop the U.S. Army from drafting him.

    “They took him anyway,” said Darlene Johnson Ortega, who lives with and cares for her father in her Lakewood, Colo., home. “So he ended up serving in the Army and went through Normandy after the invasion, and was in the Battle of the Bulge.”