Today's News

  • Topes upset 51s to end Vegas visit

    The Las Vegas 51s drew closer to clinching a divisional title and playoff berth in the Pacific Coast League by winning three of five games over the visiting Albuquerque Isotopes.

    But the Topes salvaged victory in the series finale on Monday night at Cashman Field, grabbing an 8-2 win.

    Albuquerque doubled Las Vegas’ hit output 12 to 6 and took control for good with a four-run second inning.

    The 51s went up 2-0 in the first inning, courtesy of an RBI single by Brandon Allen and a Zach Lee wild pitch that enabled Andrew Brown to get home.

  • Stewart issues statement after fatal collision

    The Associated Press

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.  — Tony Stewart says “there aren’t words” to describe his sadness over the collision that killed Kevin Ward Jr.

    In a statement released by spokesman Mike Arning, Stewart says “my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

    The three-time NASCAR champion struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. with his car on Saturday night as Ward walked toward it following contact between the two during their race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 13, 2014

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

  • Officers cleared of wrongdoing in May shooting

    Las Vegas Optic

    The state police officers who shot and killed Arcenio Lujan just outside city limits on May 8 have been clearned of any wrongdoing, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Today.

    Lujan, who earlier that day had been fired from his city of Las Vegas job, was killed after he pointed a weapon at officers.

  • Back to school for area kids

    Back to school means two things for students: back to reality of early mornings and back to the books. For parents it means purchasing all the needed necessities, from binders to tissue. For school officials it means making sure all final touches are done and staff is in place.

    This year is no different as school officials worked throughout the summer preparing for this school year with some changes taking place at both local districts.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • Music fest kicks off Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Start with some good ol’ rock ‘n roll and add a generous portion of spicy Latin pop, flavor it with country, western and rockabilly, add a pinch of R&B gospel and stir in a hefty portion of TexMex, and what’ve you got? All the ingredients for a great weekend of music, served up in one of New Mexico’s most historic cities.

    Welcome to the Meadow City Music Festival, a growing celebration of music mixed with fun and games for everyone.

  • Governor favors expanded primaries

    The Associated Press

    Contradicting the chairman of the state Republican Party, Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday she would support a Democratic plan allowing voters without a party affiliation to cast ballots in New Mexico primary elections.

    The Republican told the Albuquerque Journal she supports the idea because it is important for all voters to be allowed to participate in primaries.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 11, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Aug. 12 — Nine new contributions were made last week to the annual Highlands University scholarship drive. Topping the list was the Las Vegas Savings Bank, which, through its president Dale B. Gerdeman, contributed two scholarships for a total of $420. Other full scholarships were donated by Columbia Grocery, through Mrs. Emery Mullins; Kimbell Grocery, through William Thill, manager, Mrs. Herman Ilfeld, a consistent contributor through the years, also gave one scholarship.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 11, 2014

    Luna will be closed Tuesday morning
    Luna Community College will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday as employee orientation will take place. The campus re-opens for business at 1 p.m. that day.