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  • Noticias May 24, 2016

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  • Coca going the distance

    Miguel Coca, a West Las Vegas sophomore this past year, admits to occasionally daydreaming about still being teammates with older brother Moises.

    “We’d be a good team,” he said. “We’re pretty good now, but with him still with us, we’d be tough.”

    Moises was a distance running standout for West in recent years. Before he graduated, the two brothers briefly shared time on the school’s cross country and track teams.

  • Grizzlies rally past Thunder

    Las Vegas Optic

    Quarterback Dominick Markham scrambled for a winning touchdown with no time left Sunday, lifting the Las Vegas Grizzlies to an exhilarating 24-20 win over the visiting Albuquerque Thunder.

    The semipro league football game took place at the Herrera Complex on the West Las Vegas High School campus.

    The Grizzlies’ Mike Jaramillo said the win is the sixth in a row for his team and gives them a 6-3 record this season.

    The Grizzlies will host the Albuquerque Yellow Jackets on Sunday, June 5.

  • Outlaws fall in spring title game

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Las Vegas Outlaws youth football team came away with a second-place finish in the New Mexico YAFL spring season.

    The Outlaws lost to the Volcano Vista Hawks 12-6 in overtime this past Saturday at Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol fields. The game was the NMYAFL spring championship for the rookie division.

    Josh Martinez provided the lone score for the Outlaws, who finish 7-2 in the spring.

    Both losses came against the champions from Albuquerque Volcano Vista.

  • Vatos rumble to Celtics title

    Las Vegas Optic

    With the team gearing up for the upcoming National Small College Rugby Organization’s sevens championship, the Vatos of NMHU battled to a title in the Celtics sevens tourney this past weekend in Albuquerque.

    The title match was a doozy, with the Vatos outlasting the University of Arizona 22-17.

    Arizona is ranked No. 3 among Division I rugby clubs, while Highlands is No. 1 in Division III.

    The Vatos scored lopsided shutouts in their first two contests, beating Albuquerque 42-0 and El Paso 52-0.

  • Vegas man facing 7th DWI

    A Las Vegas man who already had his driver’s license revoked for a previous DWI couldn’t resist the temptation of getting back behind the wheel to buy chewing tobacco when his ran out.

    Despite the fact that he had downed three beers, according to his own admission, Damian Valdez, 30, who resides on the 2700 block of Seventh Street, got into the vehicle and headed to the store.

  • MainStreet making its mark

    Cindy Collins and MainStreet de Las Vegas’ work has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this month, the group was recognized by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division for their efforts to preserve the state’s first volunteer firehouse, the E. Romero Hose and Fire Company building located on Bridge St. The group was the recipient of the division’s Architectural Heritage Award.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: A good friend makes all the difference

    Day One of our Route 66 adventure in January 2015 had its stops and starts. When visiting Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, N.C., I had purchased the book on tape “Abraham Lincoln: the Prairie Years.” I had always intended to read Sandburg’s definitive biography so now we would cross the prairie listening to his words. By the second CD, I couldn’t bear the narrator’s raspy voice.

  • Poll shows strong support for paid family leave

    By Alejandra Cancino
    For The Associated Press

    CHICAGO — Time off from work to care for a child or relative is codified in federal law. Now, an overwhelming majority of Americans 40 and older want that time away from the job to be paid.

    An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday said 72 percent support paid family leave. Democrats were more likely to back it, but Republicans also expressed strong support. Overall, support was stronger among people age 40-64 and among women.

  • Effluent available for watering yards

    Submitted to the Optic

    The city of Las Vegas will once again allow the public to get reclaimed water for their yards beginning on Monday. 

    The reclaimed water will be available at the Utility Services Center located at 905 12th Street. Hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost of the water is $1.25 per 1,000 gallons and an additional 50 cent charge per trip.