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Today's News

  • U.S. reaches Copa semis

    The Associated Press

    SEATTLE — Clint Dempsey scored for the third straight game and set up Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal, boosting the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday night.

    Playing before a boisterous and almost completely partisan home crowd in the soccer-mad Pacific Northwest, the U.S. won a knockout game against a nation outside its region for only the second time and will play Argentina or Venezuela on Tuesday in Houston.

  • No let-up for champs

    The New Mexico Highlands University community welcomed their Vatos rugby club — fresh off a second consecutive national championship in sevens rugby — with balloons and cake and atta-boy speeches from NMHU President Sam Minner and Las Vegas City Manager Richard Trujillo.

    Although the Vatos themselves were glad to take a victory lap, they also indicated they weren’t altogether satisfied with two gleaming trophies.

  • Captain Kirk returns
  • Topes Win

    Las Vegas Optic

    Jordan Patterson and Dustin Garneau homered and combined for three RBI as Albuquerque held on to edge host El Paso 6-5 on Thursday night.

    After falling behind in the first inning, the Isotopes tied it in the second and surged ahead with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Garneau hit 3 for 4.

    Albuquerque left 10 stranded but managed to withstand the Chihuahuas’ late rally. The Topes host Reno through Monday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 19, 2016

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    Football
    •Playoff: Las Vegas Grizzlies at Duke City Marshals, 2 p.m., Albuquerque

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.

  • Working the ponies

    Las Vegas Optic

    Watrous Valley Ranch on June 11 and June 12 hosted a horse performance cattle clinic with world premier trainer Les Vogt.
    Vogt, who won 15 World Champion Reining and Working Cow Horse titles and countless other championships, worked with participants from Portales, Cloudcroft and Tijeras, and Parker and Black Forest, Colo. Ranch manager and resident trainer Barret Yates and his wife, Michelle, the reproduction manager and clinic organizer, also joined the group.

  • County conned out of $38K

    Sophisticated email scammers managed to persuade San Miguel County’s finance supervisor to transfer $38,000 to an outside account last month.

    Now the county is out that money as New Mexico State Police try to figure out who the culprit is. County officials are still holding out hope that the money will be recovered.

  • Rec center patrons upset about closure

    Patrons of the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center packed into the City Council chambers on Wednesday to plead for an alternate workout site while the rec center is closed for repairs.

    City officials have announced that the rec center would be closing on July 1 so that crews can move forward with extensive repairs to the building’s swimming pool area. The rehab of the rec center could take eight months, although city officials have stressed that the entire rec center won’t be closed for that entire period.

  • Take a dip to beat the heat

    Temperatures could stay in the 90s over the next few days, but there’s a way to beat the heat. The swimming pool at Highlands University offers two sessions for open swimming during the weekend.

    On both Saturday and Sunday the pool is available for a dip from noon to 1:45 p.m. for open swim and from 2 to 3:45 p.m. for family swim.

    “We are open year-round for people to come and swim,” Phil Marquez, the director of the HU pool, said. “Come out and enjoy some fun.”

  • Fire reaches Chilili, burns structures

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A blaze burning in central New Mexico outpaced firefighters Thursday as it marched across miles of tinder-dry forest, forcing evacuations and destroying structures in the small community of Chilili.

    The blaze made a big push overnight, but fire information officers could not immediately say how many structures were burned or whether any were homes since crews have not been able to access and survey the area.