Today's News

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Killings by cops not exclusive to big cities

    Think all the killings by cops making news these days are exclusive to urban areas? Think again. Here in New Mexico, we’ve had at least five so far this year, and unless I’m missing something, not one in Albuquerque this year.

  • All-state baseball: 3 locals star

    Three Las Vegas athletes are among those honored with selection to the all-state team in Class 4A baseball for this past school year.

    Brian Gonzales of West Las Vegas earned selection as both a second baseman (second team) and a pitcher (honorable mention).

    Brandon Lucero of Robertson was tabbed as an honorable mention as a pitcher.

    And Jeremy Fernandez of West Las Vegas was an honorable mention as an outfielder.

  • State or bust - Four local baseball teams in mix

    More state tournament action is on tap this weekend featuring Little Leaguers from the Meadow City as they compete across New Mexico.

    In 9-10 baseball, La Plaza’s All-Stars will play the District 7 champs at 6 p.m. Friday at Enchantment Little League in Los Lunas. Their bracket also includes Diné Nation, Altamont and Belen. A top-two finish gives the team a chance to move on to the championship bracket July 22-24 at Petroglyph in Albuquerque.

  • Youth soccer registration under way

    Now is the time to register youngsters for Las Vegas Youth Soccer League for the coming school year.

    Registration is $60 per player through July 31. Late fees will be assessed after that; from Aug. 1 to Aug. 8, the cost is $65. After players are assigned to teams in early August, a waiting list will be formed and placement with prior teams is not guaranteed.

  • Beasties camp July 22-23

    Robertson High girls’ soccer program is still registering boys and girls for its upcoming Beastie Soccer Camp.

    It is for players age 6-12.

    Cost is $55 per player. Registration is online at Active.com.

    The camp, conducted by coach Jeff Houdek and members of the RHS girls’ team, will run July 22-23 at Robertson’s field.

    On Friday the 22nd, the camp is 5-7 p.m.; it resumes Saturday the 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Go Fish - July 15, 2016

    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.

    Catch of the Week
    Pecos River: JR Tafoya of Ribera caught a 22-inch and a 20-inch rainbow trout July 9. He was using a Panther Martin. Desi Aragon of Bernalillo caught a 24-inch rainbow trout July 9. He was using salmon eggs.

    Fishing report, July 12

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 15, 2016

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • State Little League tournaments TBA

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • State Little League tournaments TBA

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • State Little League tournaments TBA

  • Luna hires trustee’s wife

    By M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    The Communicator

    SANTA ROSA — The wife of a Luna Community College board member has been hired as the new leader of the satellite campus in Santa Rosa, but officials say the hiring followed normal processes and there was no favoritism whatsoever.

  • Council signs off on firing, new directors

    The City Council gave its blessing Monday to City Manager Richard Trujillo’s recommendation that Community Development Director Lindsey Valdez be terminated.

    The 2-1 vote followed a 90 minute closed-door session  during which the mayor, city councilors and city manager discussed personnel matters. Trujillo has said he cannot discuss the reason for the termination with the Optic because it is a personnel matter.

  • Greeting the Harvey Girls — Vegas sees tourism uptick

    Tourism in the state was at a record-breaking high for the fourth year in a row last year, according to state officials.

    Gov. Susana Martinez, along with Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham, said 700,000 additional trips were taken to the state last year, bringing in 33.4 million visitors to the state — an all-time high. Las Vegas got a piece of the tourism pie as well.