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Today's News

  • Cowgirls to offer soccer camps

    Area youth are invited to take part in a pair of instructional soccer camps led by members of the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer team.

    An overnight camp for prep teams will be held July 29 to Aug. 1 on campus. Cost is $240 per individual camper and covers meals, lodging, instruction and feedback and a camp T-shirt. Rates may be discounted for participants who registered early or as part of a team.

  • Speed is focus of clinic

    Athletes of all ages looking to boost their speed and quickness in any sport are invited to take part in an upcoming camp hosted by NMHU track and cross country coach Bob DeVries and staff.

    The camp will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. daily Aug. 4-8 at the NMHU track.

    Cost is $50 for the five sessions.

    To register or to obtain more information, contact DeVries at rdevries@nmhu.edu, 429-2577.

    Highlands’ women’s track and field team earned a national ranking in both indoor and outdoor track this past season.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 21, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • New Mexico state 10-11 baseball tournament games, 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult Softball League women’s games: Lady Jags vs. Budweiser, 5:45 p.m.; Ice Cold Pitches vs. Tecolote Hooters, 7 p.m., NMHU Cowgirl Field

    Tuesday
    Baseball

  • FYI - Sports - July 21

    Youth soccer sign-up
    Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is registering players age 4-13 through July 31 for the 2014-15 season(s). Fee is $50 for the fall or $60 for the entire year. Log on to www.lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or visit Desertgate Internet on Bridge Street.

    Free sports physicals at WLV
    El Centro Family Health Center will be giving free physicals from 8 to 5 on July 24 at the West Las Vegas Health Center. Call 426-2599 for more information.

    We want your sports

  • WNBA rookie has record All-Star game

    By Bob Baum
    AP Sports Writer
    PHOENIX — Showtime Shoni had quite the All-Star debut.
    Shoni Schimmel, a rookie who doesn’t even start for her own team, put on a record-breaking performance — scoring 29 points to help the East beat the West 125-124 on Saturday in the first WNBA All-Star game to go to overtime.
    Hitting big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter and overtime, including a behind-the-head flip over 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, Schimmel gave the fans a great show.

  • BREAKING: Salazar resigns from board

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar resigned from his position on the board Thursday evening.

    See Monday’s Optic for a full article on Salazar’s resignation.

  • County agrees to pay $70K

    San Miguel County has agreed to pay nearly $70,000 in back pay to eight current and former detention officers to settle a lawsuit alleging that the officers weren’t paid for overtime worked or compensated for being on-call.

    The settlement was reached last week during a nearly four-hour settlement conference in federal court.

    While the county has agreed to a monetary settlement to end the lawsuit, County Manager Les Montoya said the county isn’t admitting to any wrongdoing.

  • His final journey - Cancer victim ‘role model,’ ‘great dad’

    Greg Griego was born into this world on Valentine’s Day, in 1982, and that’s fitting because of how he lived his life.

    He demonstrated his love for his daughter, his family, and his colleagues by being a good listener who inspired many. He was his mother’s best friend, his brothers’ role model, and the best dad he could be to his princess, Jaelynn.

    On Monday, Griego succumbed to brain cancer – just seven months after doctors told him he had the illness.

  • CYFD facing tough questions

    Two Las Vegas children who were the subject of an Amber Alert are back in CYFD custody after they were located with their mother late Tuesday in Alamosa, Colo.

    But now the Children Youth and Families Department is facing some tough questions about how the woman was able to flee the local CYFD office with the children during what was supposed to have been a supervised visit.

    Among those wanting answers is Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Plane shot down over Ukraine

    By Peter Leonard
    and Mstyslav Chernov
    The Associated Press
    HRABOVO, Ukraine — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.
    As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabovo, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.