Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 14, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Things my mother always told me…

    By Rick Kraft

    My mother always told me, “When you wash your hands in the sink, the dirt is supposed to wash down the drain, not be wiped on the towel.” My mother generally told me this in an agitated voice, obviously upset because the hand towel by the sink was covered in dirt and had to be put in the wash again.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 14, 2017

    The Altoona (Pa.) Mirror, May 8, on Hillary Clinton in denial:

    Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender.

    During an interview last week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and everything but her record and policies.

  • State runs end for Mora, RHS

    The state tournament ride is over for the Mora baseball and Robertson softball teams.

    Mora lost 21-6 to top-ranked Lordsburg on Thursday afternoon at Cleveland High in Rio Rancho. Mora trailed just 9-6 going into the seventh inning but Lordsburg scored eight times before getting their first out.

    The No. 4 seed in 2A baseball, the Rangers overcame a 12-2 chasm to edge Magdalena 13-12 on Wednesday night.
    Coach Manuel Benavidez’s team finished 19-7. It was Mora’s second straight state playoff appearance.

  • WLV forum Thursday

    The West Las Vegas AD/Parent Forum, which was to take place this past Tuesday, has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the West Las Vegas board room.

    “We encourage any parents, fans or anyone else with concerns regarding athletics to please attend and voice your concerns,” said Richard Tripp, West Las Vegas athletic coordinator.

    “Once again, the only discussion we will not partake in is hiring and firing of coaches. This is not a decision-making event.

    This is simply a forum for people to express concerns or issues.

  • A Fullerton flourish

    Freshman Janell Fullerton’s dominant finish in the heptathlon fueled a fourth-place team result for the New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor championships this past week in Gunnison, Colo.

    Fullerton, who hails from Clarendon, Jamaica, placed first in four of the seven heptathlon events and amassed 4,905 points to grab the RMAC title.

  • Hackers rule Cinco de Mayo
  • Go Fish - May 14, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Aryanna Vasquez, 6, of Las Vegas, caught a 25-inch catfish May 6. She was using worms. MykelJon Vasquez, 8, of Las Vegas caught an 18-inch largemouth bass May 6. He was using a red worm jig.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 14, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Nashville Sounds, 1:05 p.m., Nashville, Tenn.
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies bye week, Mothers Day
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Memphis Redbirds, 5:35 p.m., Memphis, Tenn.
    • LVLL games, starting 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • State track: Ortiz conquers high jump

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Robertson junior Arjay Ortiz was the last man standing, er, leaping.

    Ortiz won the Class 4A boys high jump championship with a 6-2 Friday morning at UNM Track and Soccer Complex, becoming the first local to win a state title in this year's big-school meet.

    West Las Vegas junior Miguel Coca took second in the boys mile.

    Robertson's Angelica Montoya placed second in the girls discus.

    West Las Vegas' Moses Esquibel took third in the boys long jump.