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Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: Festivals, fairs and parades

    It seems as if every town in the good ol’ U.S.A. has some sort of festival. I’ve been to a number of them.

    In Conway, Ark., where I lived and worked for several years, there was Toad Suck Daze, named after a rural area on the banks of the Arkansas River where, legend has it, people would go to suck on bottles of booze “until they swelled up like toads.” The festival has nothing to do with Toad Suck — the closest it comes to the name itself are the toad races — but the name itself has drawn national attention to the festival.

  • Romero rallies, nets medal

    Dave Romero III didn’t allow a 5-1 deficit — or a recorded on-court temperature of 115 degrees — to melt him during the Southwest Regional tennis tournament, held recently in Tucson, Ariz.

    Romero rallied with four straight wins and then prevailed in a 7-5 tiebreaker score to upset his division’s No. 3 seed, Adam Knox of Arizona.

  • Little League - June 20, 2011

    The following are highlights of recent local Little League action, including scores reported to the Optic as of press time. League representatives are encouraged to report scores and statistics to the newspaper.

    JUNE SCORES

    La Plaza 9-10 girls 7, Santa Fe Metro 0; Pojoaque 21, La Plaza 9-10 girls 16; La Plaza 9-10 girls 16, Pojoaque 1

    FRIDAY, JUNE 3
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 12, Marlins 9
    La Plaza Minors: Giants 7, Red Sox 6
    LVLL Majors: Red Sox 10, Cardinals 4; Mets 25, Cubs 4

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 20, 2011

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 6 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Adult League games, TBA, city complex

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League games, TBA, city complex

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball

  • FYI - Sports

    Ladies, summer is here so get in the swing with a fun and informative golf clinic.

  • Raton fire cuts gas supply

    The fire that has burned about 26,000 acres near Raton damaged a block gas valve, forcing Las Vegas’ natural gas supplier to shut down the pipeline that services the city Wednesday afternoon.

    But the repairs were completed that same night, and as of late Thursday morning Zia Natural Gas was working to get all the air out of the line so that it could repressurize it, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said. The line was slated to be reopened by the end of the day on Thursday.

  • McNellis gets 1-year interim deal

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez will remain in her post as interim superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools district through June 2012.

    She will be paid $100,000 a year for serving in that position under the terms of the contract approved by the school board Tuesday evening.

    McNellis-Martinez, who previously served as the district’s special services director, was named interim superintendent in December. The school district has not had a permanent top official since the abrupt resignation of former superintendent Rick Romero late last year.

  • Prayers for Rain

    The cloudless sky and near-90 degree temperature near noon on Tuesday did not keep the more than 30 senior citizens from launching their yearly tradition to pray for a special intention. They paraded statues of their favorite saints, prayed and sang for rain.

  • City water line process ‘stinks’

    A proposal to begin the first phase of extending a city water line to Airport Road ran into trouble again Wednesday night with one city councilor saying the process used “stinks” and another charging that the extension being proposed would benefit people illegally tapped into the city water system.

    Indeed Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron also pointed out that the mayor’s nephew lives in the subdivision in question and that his daughter had once owned property there.

  • I-25 reopens between New Mexico, Colorado

    The Associated Press

    Some residents near the New Mexico-Colorado border were able to return home Wednesday and a national park on the opposite end of the state reopened just before dusk after crews worked feverishly throughout the day to get a jump on two growing wildfires ahead of worsening weather.

    Interstate 25 has reopened between New Mexico and Colorado after being closed for four days. because of the wilfire near Raton.