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Today's News

  • Work of Art: Fonazo on el treadmill

    Trinidad Martinez, mentioned in this space a while back, took on ethnographic research for a linguistics class he took a few years ago when Prof. Carol Scates chaired the Highlands University English Department.

    A native of nearby Peñasco, Martinez came up with an impressive list of words which we Spanish speakers in northern New Mexico have adopted. Surely, anyone familiar with the Spanish language has come across any number of words that we’ve somehow made fit.

  • Lobos to open at Sundevils

    It’s probably a good thing the University of New Mexico baseball team has had plenty of experience playing underdog this season (and postseason).

    The Lobos on Sunday morning learned they will open the NCAA tournament with a trip to Tempe, Ariz., and the host Arizona State Sundevils — No. 1 seed in the region — will be their first opponent.

  • Grand slam grin
  • South Dakota school joining RMAC

    By Sarah Meier
    Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After an extensive review of potential members, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Presidents Council voted on Thursday to add Black Hills State University (S.D.) to the conference in 2012-13, announced Jim Fries of New Mexico Highlands University, chairman of the RMAC Presidents Council.

  • NBA Finals: Dirk vs. LeBron may be key

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    MIAMI — It’s the matchup that basketball fans might really want to see.
    Not Heat vs. Mavericks. LeBron vs. Dirk.

    There’s a chance at some point in the NBA finals, which began Tuesday with Dallas visiting Miami, that Heat forward LeBron James may find himself guarding Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki.

    If it happens, James said he will accept the challenge.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 1, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League will hold its annual board meeting with elections for leaders at 6:30 p.m. on June 15 at the NMHU Student Center Senate Chambers.

  • Barcelona now among elite

    The Associated Press

    WEMBLEY, England  — The debate is over now. Barcelona is on the list of soccer’s all-time greatest teams.

    Led by another dominant performance from Lionel Messi, the Catalan club beat Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday to earn its third Champions League title in six seasons and No. 4 overall.

  • Little League - June 1, 2011

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    WEDNESDAY, May 25
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 12, Angels 11
    La Plaza Minors: Phillies 6, Marlins 3
    LVLL Majors: Rockies-Cubs, Yankees- Red Sox, no reports
    LVLL softball: Stars-Psychlones, Pink Sox-Longhorns, no reports

    THURSDAY, May 26
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 10, Angels 9 (continuation of May 19 game tied at 9-9; game decided with one extra inning); Cubs 17, Angels 7

  • Effluent available for lawns

    Seven weeks of Stage IV water restrictions have left Las Vegas residents with parched yards, but now the city is offering its water customers a way to bring relief to their thirsty, brown landscape.

    The state Environment Department has granted the city permission to sell reclaimed wastewater to residents for outdoor watering this year while the Stage IV restrictions are in place. The city has already begun selling the treated sewer water, also called effluent, for $1.25 per thousand gallons.