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Today's News

  • Rail line crucial to area

    Many people have fond, nostalgic recollections of an era of railroads in their home town. They recall the familiar whistle, waving to riders and — if they’re old enough — the sooty residue that belched out of the line’s smokestacks.

    Residents of the streets closest to the Amtrak line, Railroad, Pecos and Commerce, doubtless remember the coal-operated engines that left ashes in their yards.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 16, 2014
  • Work of Art: The selfie is all around

    It’s heartening — but I certainly won’t say humbling — to have received a number of comments on the last few Works of Art, describing observations from countries such as the Czech Republic and Austria, during the two weeks-plus we spent there with family.

    “Humbling” is the wrong word. It connotes a feeling of humiliation, as if some of my observations were ridiculous.
    But let’s drop the humility and discuss instead the reactions of some people to the articles about Prague and Hallstatt.

  • Lightning strikes TWICE - Las Vegas juniors softball repeats as state champions

    Ripping across the heavens in multiple directions, the lightning bolts struck, near and far, accompanied by the peals of thunder and a persistent rain.

    Only the lightning could delay the seeming inevitability of another state championship for the Las Vegas juniors softball team in a 22-2 deluge that washed away Zia Mile HIgh’s hopes of upsetting the defending champs on Sunday afternoon at New Mexico Highlands University’s Cowgirl Field.

  • State softball championships
  • HU punter is preseason All-American

    When the New Mexico Highlands football offense stalls on a drive downfield, the Cowboys can at least be assured of being able to pin the opponent deep via the punting game.

    Thanks in large part to Patrick Carney, Highlands has been keeping opponents honest on its own fourth down situations.
    Carney was recognized as a preseason All-American for NCAA Division II by The Sporting News and Lindy’s, nationally respected sports publications, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced on Monday.

  • Triggers-Robbers in Santa Rosa

    Rainy weather led to cancellation of one game and interrupted another in the Las Vegas Train Robbers’ last two scheduled home games of the summer.

    On Sunday, the Las Vegas-Trinidad contest at Rodriguez Park was rained out altogether. Then on Monday, a special Santa Rosa date reached the second inning — with the Triggers up 3-0 — before officials called a halt due to weather. The game was to resume on Tuesday in Trinidad, with the originally slated game cancelled by the Pecos League.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 16, 2014

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Triple-A All-Star game, PCL vs. International League, TBA
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad Triggers, 6 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    Softball
    • New Mexico state 11-12 softball tournament games, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Adult Softball League men’s all-star game, 8:15 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult Softball League women’s games: Lady Hackers vs. Ice Cold Pitches, 5:45 p.m.; Tecolote Hooters vs. Compounders, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    Thursday

  • Board at odds over gym

    Out with the old or in with the new? That is the question that plagues the West Las Vegas School board regarding its middle school gymnasium.

    During a heated discussion last week, board members exchanged verbal jabs about whether to demolish and rebuild the middle school gym or to keep the existing facility the was constructed in 1963. The cost of the project is roughly $10 million, with the district’s portion of approximately $1.8 million.

  • Treatment vs. simple jail time

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Doing time at the San Miguel County jail could soon provide serious benefits to some inmates as administrators embark on an ambitious plan to build a re-integration unit where social and treatment services can be provided.

    “This is an excellent way for us to address the many challenges we’re seeing in our community,” said jail administrator Patrick Snedeker.

    Recidivism at the county lockup is alarmingly high with some inmates returning multiple times due to a lack of intervention.