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Today's News

  • Taos sweeps district track titles

    The bad news for local track and field programs is that Taos stormed into town Saturday and swept the District 2-3A team championships.

    The good news is that, as a result of the meet, more Robertson and West Las Vegas athletes will move on to represent their schools at the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at University of New Mexico’s track and soccer complex in Albuquerque.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for an updated list of state qualifiers plus coverage of Pecos in the 2A state meet.

  • Little League - May 12

    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Monday, May 12: Yankees vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Mets vs. Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, May 14: Yankees vs. Red Sox, 4 p.m.; Angels vs. Orioles, 6 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Mets, 8 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday, May 12: Threshers vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 13: Bats vs. Rivercats, 6:15 p.m.; Rattlers vs. Thunder, 7:45 p.m.

  • Lady Cards advance

    It took the Lady Cardinals a few innings to get their bats going, but — as has been the case more often than not this spring — once that happened, there was no turning back.

    Robertson triumphed 12-1 against visiting Ruidoso in the first round of the Class 3A state softball tournament.

    The fifth-seeded Lady Cards now will travel to a neutral site in Rio Rancho to face the No. 4 Hope Christian Lady Huskies, who beat West Las Vegas on Friday.

  • Cowboys 3rd in RMAC tourney

    Outdueled twice by the defending tournament champion, the New Mexico Highlands University baseball came away with third place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament held this past week at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.

    ThunderWolves 9, Cowboys 6
    No. 3 seed Colorado State-Pueblo won 9-6 Friday night in an elimination game, ending the Cowboys’ season at 32-20 overall.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 12, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments, TBA, New Mexico State University Golf Course, Las Cruces

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments, TBA, New Mexico State University Golf Course, Las Cruces
    Softball

  • BREAKING: Name of man shot by state police released

    State police responding to a call of a suicidal man at the Country Acres subdivision north of Las Vegas fatally shot him after he pointed a long rifle at officers while aggressively walking toward them, state police Chief Pete Kassetas told reporters during a 10 p.m. news conference.

    Kassetas identified the man killed as Arcenio Lujan, a city of Las Vegas employee who earlier in the day had an undisclosed incident at work. Lujan died at the scene.

  • BREAKING: Crews fight blaze at Rio Gallinas school

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas firefighters were battling a blaze late Thursday at the Rio Gallinas Charter School on Socorro and South Pacific.

    Heavy smoke was rising into the air as firefighters sprayed water into the building. Las Vegas police blocked off a number of streets in the area.

    Pick up a copy of Monday’s Optic for more on this story.

  • Wind damages Rec Center

    Fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof at the city’s Abe Montoya Recreation Center Wednesday afternoon, causing thousands of dollars in damage and prompting the center’s manager to shut down the facility until further notice.

    No injuries were reported, although debris from the roof broke the windshields of two vehicles in the parking lot, said Loretta Abreu Martin, the recreation center’s director. The recreation center reopened Thursday afternoon.
    “I’m glad (the damage) was minimal and that nobody was hurt,” she said.

  • Closing of daycare opposed

    Four-year-old Carl Gormley sported an orange “Save My School” sign while his mother, faculty member Donna Woodford-Gormley, held up a small chalkboard with the message “Don’t kick out future Cowboys.”

  • Vegas nonprofits raise $21K

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico raised $853,000 for nonprofits across the state through its 24-hour online fundraising event that took place on Tuesday.

    Among the nonprofits taking part in Give Grande New Mexico were several from San Miguel County. They raised about $21,000.

    MainStreet de Las Vegas raised $10,055. It received more money than all but 14 of the more than 400 nonprofits taking part.