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Today's News

  • Luna offering program for high school students

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College will again offer an enhanced college credit summer program for upcoming classified high school juniors and seniors.

    For several years, Luna Community College has offered the Student Academic Advancement Institute. This year, it will run from Monday, June 3 to Friday, July 26. Registration begins on Tuesday, April 2 and runs through Friday, June 7.

  • Que Pasa - April 17, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library has been cancelled for Wednesday, April 17.

    FRIDAY VIERNES
    • Public Forum on “What Happens after the Wildfire?” 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 19 at 215 Lora Shields Building on the NMHU campus. All are welcome.
    • University Celebrity College State Talent Competition, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at Sala de Madrid on the campus of NMHU. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for NMHU students.

  • What’s next for East?

    We applaud Las Vegas City Schools officials for persuading the state to kick in $750,000 in emergency supplemental funding to help the district get through this fiscal year.

    We also give the district, and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez in particular, credit for finally revealing that the true magnitude of the district’s shortfall for the current fiscal year is about $1.075 million.

    Under state law, public entities cannot end a fiscal year in the red.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 17, 2013
  • Work of Art - Toemaine poisoning?

    There’s no accounting for some people’s tastes — literally. Take the case of the Santa Fe man who for the third time has been charged with attempted atrocities on the foot of an ex-girlfriend.

    The last time, earlier this month, Daniel Anaya was arrested after the woman reported that he attacked her after tracking her down in her new home in Albuquerque. Police say Anaya allegedly tried to cut off her big toe with a cigar cutter.

  • Chavez stars in elite meet

    It’s been a while since Alonzo Chavez first proved he can hang with the best high school distance runners in New Mexico, regardless of school size or classification.

    On Monday, he proved something more.

    Chavez left his competition battling for second place in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. That alone is hardly news, but this day’s triumph came at the Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational, a track and field meet reserved for the state’s elite prep tracksters from big schools to small.

  • Cowboys ride huge third inning

    Prolific hitting and the penchant for multiple-run innings are typical for a Steve Jones-coached Highlands baseball team.

    But the bottom of the third inning Sunday was something else altogether.

    After neither team scored through the first two and a half frames, NMHU pinned nine runs on Colorado Christian in that inning and coasted to a 9-3 victory at Brandt Park.

    The win gave Highlands a series split with the Cougars, who’d entered the weekend with only four wins.

  • Dons first, Lady Dons second in Ft. Sumner

    Following up on a strong team finish in their own West Las Vegas Invitational, the Dons and Lady Dons finished first and second, respectively, in the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the Fort Sumner Qualifier this past Saturday.

    On the boys’ side, West compiled 116.5 team points to seize first place, outpointing second-place Tucumcari (90) and third-place Santa Rosa (87) in a 12-school field.

  • Four homers for ‘Topes

    While professional baseball honored Jackie Robinson Monday, the Albuquerque Isotopes paid tribute with four jacks in an 11-5 clobbering of Iowa.

    Isotopes first baseman Scott Van Slyke went 2 for 4 with two home runs to boost his Pacific Coast League-leading total to six.

    Also dangerous on the offensive end was Albuquerque shortstop Dee Gordon, who connected three times in five at-bats — including a two-run triple — for three RBI and stole three bases. His eight thefts is first in the PCL this spring.

  • Little League - April 17, 2013

    Las Vegas Little League’s upcoming games are as follows. All games are played at Keyes Park.

    Majors Division
    Wednesday games: Angels vs Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Yankees vs. Orioles, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday games: Angels vs Mariners, 5:30 p.m.; Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
    Minors Division
    Wednesday games: Red Wings vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.; Thunder vs. Threshers, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday games: Sandgnats vs. Rivercats, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Bats, 7:45 p.m.
    Softball Division