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Today's News

  • FYI - Sports

    New Mexico Highlands University golf pro Dan Houtchens will be conducting a junior golf camp with four classes in August. Classes will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2, 4, 9 and 11 at the Gene Torres Golf Course. Cost is $30 a person or two for $50. For more information, call Houtchens at 425-7711.

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    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.

  • State runs come to end for sluggers

    The state tournament treks for two Las Vegas youth baseball teams came to an end on Monday evening.

    In Albuquerque, La Plaza’s juniors lost 15-4 to Albuquerque Zia in an elimination game despite a home run by Jose Juan Montaño. The team opened with a 4-1 setback against a strong Paradise Hills club but stayed alive by nipping Gallup 10-8, aided by Salvador Lopez’s home run. La Plaza finished in the top six.

  • City Council nixes extension

    Concerns about illegal water taps tanked the proposed water line extension on Airport Road, bringing an end to three months of City Council debate on the controversial project that has divided city leaders.

    Thursday’s 3-1 vote against moving forward with the project followed passionate pleas from both Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilman Andrew Feldman that the project was desperately needed for fire protection for a large part of the city and for the transfer station.

    Feldman cast the lone vote in favor of the project.

  • Most area schools fail to make AYP

    Optic staff and wire report

    Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally mandated system for rating schools.

    No Las Vegas City Schools made AYP, not even Paul D. Henry, the only school in the district to have made AYP last year.

  • ‘Catch the Kid’ doings
  • Autopsy gives few answers in death

    The Office of the Medical Investigator was unable to determine a cause or manner of death for Maxine Patsy Trujillo, the 45-year-old woman whose remains were found in Mora County in February.

    Substantial portions of the body were missing due to animal scavenging, the report states. That, coupled with the decomposition that had already taken place when Trujillo’s remains were discovered on Feb. 14, limited the autopsy that was conducted.

  • Looking Back - July 25, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, July 22 — Two hundred and nine students have received instruction at the present summer school of the New Mexico Normal University. This is the largest attendance at any summer school session in the history of the school. Of this number 169 students were enrolled in the normal and teachers’ institute... The Normal University was the first school in New Mexico to inaugurate the custom of conducting summer sessions. The first summer school was held in 1904 when 37 students were enrolled.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 25, 2011

    Water report to be presented Wednesday

    The city of Las Vegas will hold a “Preliminary Engineering Report” meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at the City Council chambers. The meeting will focus on options to make the city’s long term water situation less tenuous. Project options, cost estimates and trade-offs will all be discussed.

  • Weather - July 25, 2011

    Monday
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 5-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 61.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.