Today's News

  • Train Robbers in town

    Las Vegas Train Robbers manager Casey Dill says he expects to field a team with potential to win a Pecos League championship — and possibly land a few players in major league ballclubs down the line.

    Of course, it’s easy to be optimistic during spring training. But Dill — who managed the now-defunct Las Cruces Vaqueros to the Pecos League finals in 2012 — does know something about baseball talent.

  • Mora’s Chavez hunts a trifecta

    Finding motivation to run hard hasn’t always been simple this season for Mora’s Alonzo Chavez.

    Chavez has dominated the distance events, and in the absence of close rivals, he’s found himself alone in the front of the pack more often than not.

    This weekend, however, there is a clear motivation — the possibility of a sweep in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the Class 1A-2A state track and field championships. UNM’s track complex plays host to the small-school state meet Friday and Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 10, 2013

    • NMHU at RMAC tournament, TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Class 3A state tournament: Robertson vs.  Shiprock, 3 p.m., TBA; West Las Vegas at Sandia Prep, 4 p.m., Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas Little League games
    • Class 3A state tournament: Robertson at Lovington, 5 p.m., Lovington
    • Las Vegas Little League games
    • State tournaments TBA, Albuquerque
    Track and field

  • Cowgirls third in RMAC outdoor meet

    GOLDEN, Colo. — Michelle Traynham’s stadium record javelin throw of 41.75 meters helped New Mexico Highlands to a third-place finish in the 2013 RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week.

    Adams State (178 points) and Western State Colorado (156.5) were the only teams ahead of NMHU in the women’s standings.

  • Go Fish - May 10, 2013

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on perch.  
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 28 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, elk hair caddis, Cimarron specials, Cimarron worms, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using assorted spinners, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

  • Party preceded fatal crash

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Witnesses testifying in a preliminary hearing against Wayne Lovato on Monday claimed that the youth was speeding when he leaned over and tried to kiss a girl riding in the front passenger seat of his car before the fatal wreck that left two teens dead and several others injured.

    “We were on the highway, Wayne leaned over to kiss Kayla (Esquibel) and that’s when we flipped,” said Reyes Rubio, 21, testifying during a lengthy hearing before juvenile court Judge Abigail Aragon on Monday.

  • Gordon Jewelers closing its doors

    A store that once served as Calvin Baker III’s playground will soon become a memory. Gordons, the iconic jewelry store on Douglas Avenue, will close its doors locally after a huge liquidation sale beginning Thursday. The sale is scheduled to last through Saturday.
    “The decision was not easy. There was a lot of tears and a lot of thought put into it,” said Baker, whose grandfather and father ran Gordons before leaving it to him.

  • West seeks to shore up finances for next year

    West Las Vegas School district officials are hard at work preparing next year’s budget, and they say the outlook for next year is better than it has been for years.

    “I am very happy to say that we haven’t seen a budget this good in quite a few years,” Superintendent Gene Parson said. “We almost feel certain to a point that we can be off emergency supplemental funding.”

    So far, the district is expecting next year’s operating budget for next year to be $12.7 million.

  • Highlands prof to do work in Uganda

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands social work professor Andrew Israel has been  named a Fulbright Specialist by the United States Department of State.

    Israel’s Fulbright service will be this summer at Ndejje University in Kamala, capital of the Republic of Uganda in East Africa. He will advise the university’s administration and social work faculty in further developing curriculum and ethical practices.

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