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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 18, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Letters and a columnist

    Sometimes the letters to the editor consume me. Sometimes there are just too many.

    And, sometimes, they are just too good.

    Our last couple days worth of Viewpoints pages are a good example of what I’m talking about. When I started building Friday’s editorial pages last Wednesday, I had a dozen letters in the system ready to run. I got six in on Friday, and three more in today.

  • South takes 2 of 3

    Class 2A or Class 3A? It didn’t matter.

    Four 8-minute high school quarters or two 20-minute college-style halves? That didn’t matter either.

    Yeshemabet Turner of Pecos took the changes all in stride, scoring eight of her 14 points in the first half to lead the North girls to an 87-58 blowout in Friday’s Class 2A-3A North-South All-Star girls’ basketball game at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

  • LVLL 9-10 sluggers reach final in district

    TAOS — Las Vegas Little League’s 9-10 baseball team clobbered Clayton and Taos en route to a spot in Sunday’s championship game this past week in the District 4 tournament.

    Sunday’s championship game concluded after this issue went to press.

    The team began its run July 9, picking up a forfeit victory over Questa.

    “Our boys were ready to play and upset they didn’t get an opportunity to,” said manager Nicholas Marrujo.

    Las Vegas soon got its opportunity to play and made the most of it.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 18, 2011

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • District 4 All-Star tournaments, TBA, Taos
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Vegas Boys vs. Young Bucks, 6:30 p.m., Blaze vs. Dream Team, 7:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Lady Warriors vs. Alta Vista, 6 p.m., Bases Loaded vs. Bud-Dick’s-Night Owl, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    TUESDAY
    Softball

  • FYI - Sports

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations for the 2011 fall season through August. Parents may register their youngsters online at lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or at DesertGate Internet 118 Bridge Street, Las Vegas.

    Those with questions are asked to call Shelby or Rachel Curtis at 505-652-4101.

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  • Fire chief, deputy may be axed

    The chief and deputy chief of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department were notified last week that the county is considering removing and terminating them from their positions.

    The notice follows an investigation into allegations that Chief Tobias Lucero and Deputy Chief Lorenzo Montoya physically assaulted another volunteer firefighter at the fire station on May 30.

    Lucero and Montoya, who were suspended after the allegations surfaced, have both asked to meet with county Fire Chief Russell Pacheco to respond to the allegations, and a hearing is set for today.

  • Montoya hopeful she’ll get kids back

    The last time Rebecca Montoya saw her two children she made them a promise and nursed them both to sleep.

    Montoya had been taken into custody at Memphis International Airport for fleeing with her two children after a judge granted physical custody to their father.

    “I sang to them and told them everything was going to be OK,” an emotional Montoya told the Optic during a jail house interview on Wednesday — 22 days after being taken into custody. That’s the last time Montoya saw her daughters, Mary, 2, and Grace 9 months.

  • Mariachi Magic
  • The Kid returns to Meadow City

    By Raven Romero
    For the Optic

    Las Vegas is stepping back to a time when outlaws roamed the streets and gun-clad cowboys were the only hope for safety. Instead of bars, there were saloons and instead of cars, horse-drawn buggies crowded the streets with the townsfolk in their frock coats and boots.    

    Las Vegas is hosting the kickoff next Saturday of a unique statewide tourism event called “Catch the Kid,” centered on Billy the Kid and his exploits, with a Wild West theme sure to entertain people from all over New Mexico.