Today's News

  • Four homers, one inning

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    In something rarely seen in sports, the Luna Community College Lady Rough Riders softball team hit four consecutive home runs in one inning.

    The back-to-back-to-back-to back home runs came in a 27-4 loss to Howard College on Monday. It was the last of a four-game home series.

    Howard is currently No. 2 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

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  • Junior wrestlers finish season

    Submitted to the Optic

    Continuing a strong tradition as well as one of the primary feeders to this year’s state champion Robertson Cardinals, the Las Vegas Junior Wrestling program has wrapped another busy season.

  • Grizzlies join Vegas scene

    Just about every football player who’s ever donned shoulder pads and laced up cleats entertains the dream of playing on Sundays.

    For the weekend warriors of the New Mexico Independent Football League, that dream is a reality, although you won’t find their gridiron exploits on SportsCenter.

  • Aggies coach a tourney veteran

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Tennessee State’s Larry Joe Inman and Mark Trakh of New Mexico State have joined an exclusive club, becoming the ninth and 10th women’s basketball coaches to guide at least three different schools to the NCAA Tournament.

    Their accomplishments are even more impressive considering both Inman and Trakh were out of the college head coaching ranks not too long ago and pulled off the feat at schools that hadn’t been to the tournament in at least two decades.

  • Go Fish - March 20

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & 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.
    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow with just a few rainbows caught by anglers using Power Bait and worms under a bobber. Launching boats was a bit challenging due to low water conditions.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 20, 2015

    • LCC at Midland (DH), noon, Midland, Texas
    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa, 6 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas at Pecos tournament, TBA, Pecos
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Colorado State-Pueblo, TBA, Pueblo, Colo.

    • LCC at Midland (DH), noon, Midland, Texas
    • NMHU at Colorado Mesa (DH), 1 p.m., Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s tournament, TBA, Santa Fe

  • Suit seeks quick nomination

    With time close to running out on the Legislative session, three people who reside in Senate District 39 have filed a petition asking the state Supreme Court to force San Miguel, Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Valencia counties to move quickly to recommend a replacement for Phil Griego, who resigned his Senate seat on Saturday.

    If that is not possible, the plaintiffs are asking the state Supreme Court to compel Gov. Susana Martinez to appoint one of the two Republicans already nominated by the Lincoln and Torrance county commissions after holding emergency meetings on Sunday.

  • California bound - BPA students heading to nationals

    It was nearly a clean sweep for the West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America organization at the state competition recently. Twenty-seven of the 28 students who  competed made the national competition in Anaheim, Calif. in May. Two high school students from West Las Vegas High School also qualified for the national competition.

    State competition was against students in schools from Taos, Pecos, Carlsbad, Wagon Mound, Ernie Pyle Middle School in Albuquerque and Coronado Middle School.

  • Senate approves budget bill

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate on Monday night approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year, even as falling oil prices threaten revenues.

    Senators voted 38-3 on a budget bill largely unchanged from what the House of Representatives approved last month.

    “It’s the best we could do with what we have,” said Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee.