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Today's News

  • Vatos rebound with Sevens triumph

    Submitted to the Optic

    During the last three weeks the No. 9 nationally ranked NMHU Vatos (11-2) have been both humbled and exalted.

    By losing 46-17 in Austin to the undefeated and sixth nationally ranked and Texas Collegiate Champion, St. Edward’s University (11-1), the Vatos were eliminated from the National Small College Rugby Organization National Playoffs.

  • ‘Topes add pitcher

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    Left-handed pitcher Paco Rodriguez joined the Albuquerque Isotopes Wednesday, and lefty Daniel Moskos was placed on the disabled list with a left calf strain.

    Rodriguez claims a 3.18 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. He spent the entire 2013 season with Los Angeles, turning in a 2.32 ERA with 63 strikeouts against only 19 walks in 54.1 innings. This will be the first stop at Triple-A for Rodriguez as he jumped from Double-A Chattanooga to the Major Leagues in 2012.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 21, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV vs. West Las Vegas (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson JV at Pecos (DH), 3 p.m., Pecos
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Lamar (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • East misused bond money

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic  

    Las Vegas City Schools has been plagued by financial problems for years, yet somehow it has always managed to land on its feet at the end of each fiscal year.

    It turns out that the district has been keeping afloat by dipping into bond funds to cover operational expenses, a practice that the state Public Education Department says is illegal.

  • Auditor issued multiple opinions on East’s 2012 audit

    Despite the serious finding that Las Vegas City Schools has been borrowing from its debt service fund to cover operating expenses, the independent auditor reviewing the district’s books gave it a clean audit opinion on its financial statements.

    The audit, conducted by Albuquerque-based Griego Professional Services, LLC, was released earlier this month. It covers the fiscal year July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

  • College loses ‘extraordinary public servant’

    If you’ve had any dealings with Luna Community College, chances are you knew Maria Paiz.

    Paiz was the executive administrative assistant to LCC President Pete Campos. But the people she worked with at Luna will tell you she was so much more than that.

  • Novel experience for kids - DNA lesson for Sapello students

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students from Mike Mateo Sena Elementary in Sapello learned about their own DNA April 15 under New Mexico Highlands University biology professor Carol Linder’s tutelage.

    Linder, a cell and reproductive biology scientist, gave the fourth and fifth graders a tour of her Reproductive Biology Laboratory before teaching them a DNA lesson, including isolating their own DNA from swabbing cheek cells.

  • New facility unveiled for BHI

    Mary Martinez had a very special day earlier this week. The now 92-year-old celebrated her birthday with a grand affair: She participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of Phase 2 of the Meadows Nursing Home facility at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Earlier that day, the former Harvey Girl’s workplace Castañeda Hotel’s new owners had a community celebration in honor of their purchase and future renovation of the former Harvey House.

  • Recordings surface in governor race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrats called Wednesday for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

  • Town hall yields water recommendations

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Hundreds of New Mexico officials, business leaders and others finished hashing out recommendations Wednesday for improving the way the drought-stricken state uses its water and plans for the future.

    They’re calling for more sharing agreements to stretch meager water supplies through dry times and changes in the law to better balance the water needs of people with endangered species.