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  • Que Pasa - May 24, 2017

    5.26.2017
    FRIDAY

    1:30 to 7 p.m.
    The grand opening celebration of the Abe Montoya Recreation Center from 1:30 to 7 p.m. All recreation services will be available free of charge during the celebration, including free open swims in the newly renovated pool. Food, a DJ and children’s activities including a kiddy bounce will also be part of the celebration.

    5.27.2017
    SATURDAY

    10:45 a.m.

  • Youth food quantity, quality are separate battles

    The following editorial appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News on May 15.

    As of last summer, roughly 67 percent of students in Texas’ Amarillo Independent School District were receiving free and/or reduced lunches.

    The percentage is nothing new. It has been this way for some time — the fact that more than half of the students in Amarillo ISD receive free and/or reduced lunches.

  • Work of Art: Their attempt to please

    A number of my columns have dealt with food. Growing up in this area, I’ve become accustomed to the real spicy stuff many moms serve several times a week.

    But first, let’s define some terms:

    • “Señor  Taco” is a term that should never be construed as an insult. It simply refers to a kind of amateurish way of cooking that adds tomato sauce and calls it chile.

    • Sopaipilla is spelled with two “i’s,” not one.

  • Luna baseball coach fired; AD resigns

    Luna Community College is in the process of hiring a new head baseball coach.

    It’s unclear whether the school will also fill its athletic director position, which has also come open in recent days.

  • Sky Sox breeze past Isotopes

    The Albuquerque Isotopes bookended Monday night’s series finale by scoring runs in the second and ninth, but the innings in between belonged to visiting Colorado Springs.

    The Sky Sox won 11-2, dealing the Isotopes (23-21) their most lopsided defeat of the season while outhitting them 18-6 at Isotopes Park.

    Albuquerque hosts the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a four-game series through Friday night.

  • LV natives on All-RMAC team

    With the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field nationals set to begin this coming week, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has released its list of all-conference honorees.

    That includes a revised All-RMAC track and field team for the indoor segment of the season.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Janell Fullerton was voted 2017 RMAC Freshman of the Year for the outdoor track season.

  • Honors list updated

    Submitted to the Optic

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track and field All-Conference teams have been updated to reflect the current RMAC bylaws.

    RMAC First Team and Second Team are based on the individual and relay finishes at the RMAC Championships.

    The updated All-RMAC teams reflect first, second, and third-place individual finishers and first-place relay teams earning First Team recognition. Second Team consists of fourth, fifth and sixth-place individual finishers and second-place relay teams.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 24, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • LVLL games, starting 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Tee-ball
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  

  • Budget to be a tough fit for city

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While City of Las Vegas administrators and the city council have overseen some tough moves to keep the budget balanced, it looks as if Fiscal 2018 will be an even bigger financial challenge for the city.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo emphasized at last week’s regular council meeting that there are no plans for furloughs or layoffs, the city faces a tough budget crunch, even if the upcoming special state legislative session doesn’t lead to new cuts.

  • New editor takes helm

    As the eyes of the nation turned toward Iowa and its outsized role in the 2016 presidential campaign, Jason W. Brooks found himself interviewing the likes of Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio, and covering a rally by the candidate who eventually emerged from it all — Donald Trump.

    Brooks, whose life and journalism career have taken him across the country, from his native Washington, D.C., to southern California to New Mexico and the Midwest, is the new editor of the Las Vegas Optic. He officially started work this past Monday.