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Today's News

  • Work of Art: Not another dam dedication

    What was intended as a joyous occasion — a sign of real progress, with cake as the main course and punch as the chaser — might have instead appeared as an annoyance, if you read newspaper headlines.

    Let me explain:

    A recent issue of the Optic included a front-page photo spread on a ribbon-cutting for a the city’s newest diversion dam. About 50 city officials and townspeople boarded vans to go high up Gallinas Canyon, “to places some of you have never been before,” as Mayor Alfonso Ortiz expressed it.

  • Lady Cards shut out Monte del Sol

    Younger players led the charge Monday afternoon as Robertson girls’ soccer opened its season with a 5-0 shutout at Monte del Sol in Santa Fe.

    “It was a good first game for us,” said Robertson head coach Ray Parks. “We got to play the younger players to give them experience. I’m excited about this team; we should do very well.”

  • Hackers prevail again

    Too much power.

    The Benavidez Construction Hackers men’s softball team usually has too much power for its opponents. Sometimes, the Hackers unleash too much power for their own good, too.

    Such was the case Sunday afternoon when, having quickly exceeded the five home runs allowed by league rules, the Hackers smashed a couple more long balls for good measure.

    As per regulations, those were recorded as outs instead of base-clearing hits.

  • Mora racks up nearly 400 rush yards

    Mora head football coach Manuel Benavidez is hoping his Rangers can stay under the radar for the time being.

    That might be easier said than done in light of the team’s 56-6 drubbing of Wingate to open the season this past Friday night at Fort Wingate.

    Louis Montoya accounted for 111 yards of offense and two touchdowns, and quarterback Danny Enriquez had 106 yards and two more scores to lead the Rangers to victory in their first varsity game back since the program was discontinued several years ago.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Aug. 31, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Robertson girls at Goddard, 3 p.m., Roswell
    Volleyball
    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    FRIDAY
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Lovington, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Española Valley, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium

  • NBA talks on Wednesday

    NEW YORK — Two people with knowledge of the plans say the lead negotiators for the NBA owners and players will meet Wednesday for just the second time since the lockout began.

  • FYI - Sports

    Las Vegas Adult Softball League registration is under way for fall regular and co-ed leagues. Rosters can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $200 for an eight-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Games will be held on Sundays at Rodriguez Park complex. Deadline to register and submit complete rosters is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Games begin the first week of September.


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    Coaches, we love covering your teams! Submit your scores, stats and story ideas to the Optic: dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Bear invasion closes river walk

    Numerous bear sightings in and around the Gallinas Park River Walk have forced officials to close the popular exercise trail from Bridge Street to Mills Avenue.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño announced the closure Friday morning after more bear sightings there Thursday night. One bear was even caught on camera at the State Employees Credit Union. That bear managed to escape capture.

    Montaño said the river walk was closed due to safety concerns. A lot of walkers use the trail in the evening, when the bears are looking for food, he said.

  • Friday Night Lights
  • Two city employees suspended

    Two city of Las Vegas water department employees were suspended recently for failing to follow safety rules, the city confirmed last week.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said he could not reveal the names of the two employees because personnel actions are confidential. Romero said the incident occurred earlier this month.