Today's News

  • Clutch win
  • Cougars claw closer to crown

    The softball Kim Baros drilled Monday evening, off a pitch from Loretta Abreu-Martin, took on a life of its own once it jumped off the bat.

    The ball seemed intent on leaving the ballpark, slicing crisply past the second baseman and making an improbable bee-line across the bumpy outfield all the way to the fence in right center field.

    The Vida Encantada Cougars’ outfielders ultimately retrieved the ball, but not before Baros had darted all the way around for an inside-the-park home run.

  • Sounds win via walk-off; Sands honored by PCL

    In the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, Khris Davis scored from third off a single by  Nashville teammate Edwin Maysonet for a walk-off 4-3 win over visiting Albuquerque.

    The Isotopes (64-46) and Sounds (49-61) were to close their series on Tuesday. Albuquerque swept Nashville in a Sunday doubleheader 4-2 and 11-0.
    The Isotopes return to The Lab for a home set with the Las Vegas 51s Wednesday through Saturday. The ‘Topes then host Tucson Aug. 5-8.

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  • Fired contractor wants $3.2M

    The construction company that had been overseeing the building of the New Mexico Highlands University student center until regents fired it in February is demanding payment of $3.2 million from the university.

    Makwa Builders LLC submitted its payment request on April 30, according to documents released to the Optic in response to a request under the state’s open records law.

    One of the key issues is the fact that the university fired Makwa by exercising the “termination for convenience” clause in the contract.

  • Rough Rider Rally 2012
  • Well giving less water than hoped

    A new well a city contractor has spent the better part of a year drilling will come online in August, but the amount of water city officials were hoping it would produce didn’t materialize.

    The well was drilled at the city’s Taylor Field as a replacement for Taylor Well No. 2. City Utilities Director Ken Garcia told the governor last week that the city was hoping it would produce 300 gallons per minute, roughly the same amount of water that is being produced by Taylor Well No. 4, the only other operable well it has that is producing drinkable water.

  • Colo. victims mourned at funerals in 3 states

    By Amanda Lee Myers
    The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A man who saved his girlfriend’s life at the Colorado movie shooting was remembered for his selfless sacrifice Saturday, while an aspiring sportscaster was praised for her boundless energy and an Air Force reservist as a good friend.

    The girlfriend who Matt McQuinn saved by taking three bullets aimed at her wept as pastors spoke of the senselessness of the shooting spree at the suburban Denver theater where 12 people were killed just more than a week ago.

  • Authority planning to scale back loans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency’s finances.

    The authority’s governing board reviewed a proposal Thursday for limiting a loan program that finances projects such as sewers, roads and other infrastructure in communities.

  • Looking Back - July 30, 2012

    In 1962

    Tuesday, July 31 — Two of four men who escaped from the State Mental Hospital at Las Vegas were captured Monday night. Bobby Millins, 21, and Robert Garrett, 30, were arrested in a downtown cafe after Millins telephoned his mother that he had escaped from the hospital and was in Albuquerque. Millins’ mother called police, and officers were sent to the cafe.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 30, 2012

    Public rate hike meetings begin Tuesday

    The city of Las Vegas will kick off its four community meetings on the proposed water and sewer rate hikes at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave. Tuesday’s meeting and one scheduled for 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 also at City Hall will focus on the proposed increases as they relate to residential customers. Public input meetings for commercial customers will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and  Aug. 14, both at Sininger Hall, 904 National Ave.