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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 22, 2016

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •LCC vs. New Mexico Military (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    •NMHU vs. Adams State, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    •Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS Field
    •West Las Vegas JV at Pojoaque, TBA, Jacona
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    Softball
    •LCC vs. Western Texas (DH), 1 p.m., Cowgirl Field or TBA
    •West Las Vegas JV at Pojoaque, TBA, Jacona
    Tennis

  • Back in business

    After crashing to earth in a doubleheader defeat to visiting Portales this past weekend, the Robertson softball team was looking for a bounce-back game.

    They got it.

    The Lady Cardinals (17-3) overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat West Las Vegas 9-2 on Tuesday afternoon at WLV Field.

    It was the third RHS win in as many head-to-head meetings between the local schools this season. West is 9-11 overall.

    Ashlea Lujan, who reached on a walk, scored on a wild pitch to stake Robertson to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

  • Go Fish April 22, 2016

    FISHING REPORT,
    APRIL 19

    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. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 12 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using worms, red annelids and San Juan worms. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

  • Swanner, Isotopes deck Aces

    Las Vegas Optic

    Will Swanner went yard for the first time on the Triple-A level Wednesday night, his two-run homer highlighting the Albuquerque Isotopes’ 4-1 win over Reno.

    It was the Isotopes’ third straight win and their fifth in a row against the Aces. Albuquerque hosts Reno through Friday night before returning to the road.

    Glenallen Hill has the Topes off to an 8-6 start.

  • East grad rate plummets

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico saw a dip in the number of students who earned diplomas last year, but state education officials said Friday the graduation rate for the class of 2015 is still an improvement over levels reported a few years ago.

    Figures released by the Public Education Department show the statewide graduation rate dropped about 1 percent to 68.6 percent.

  • DA urges students to be safe

    District Attorney Richard Flores is on a mission. Flores, who is in his third term, has been hitting area school districts and organizations with various messages in hopes of reducing crime.

    Flores and Melanie Gallegos, a program administrator in Flores’ office, have delivered roughly 200 presentations throughout San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties over the past two years. The presentations are part of a community outreach program created to educate the public on the dangers of crimes in the area.

  • Free concert slated for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

     Highlands University presents the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium.
    Lt. Col. Daniel Price conducts the award-winning U.S. Air Force Academy Band, which is known for the beauty and professionalism of its concerts as well as the musical variety.

  • State GOP extends delegate deadline

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Republican Party of New Mexico is keeping the door open for national delegate applicants amid a push by the Donald Trump campaign to mobilize supporters.

    State party spokesman Tucker Keene announced Monday that consideration will be given for two additional weeks to applicants who missed the April 15 deadline to vie for a delegate seat at the GOP national convention this summer in Cleveland.

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 20, 2016
  • Editorial: Officials must step up

    The resignation of West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez brings an end to an unfortunate chapter in the school district’s history.

    Benavidez had served on the board for more than a year, voting on contracts, policies and personnel matters. But it turns out that Benavidez wasn’t qualified to serve on the board due to a 2002 felony drug conviction.

    Under state law, a felon is not eligible to hold public office unless the individual has received a pardon or has had his or her political rights fully restored.