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Today's News

  • Work of Art: The perfect photo-op

    One of the best photo-ops in recent times came Monday morning when I got a call from Optic managing editor, Martin Salazar, asking me to hustle over to the north exit on I-25 to get some pictures.

    Taking Exit 347, I discovered that a sea of orange cones, closing the right southbound lane, stretched for about a mile. There, a number of city vehicles were towing away dozens of wrecked trucks, buses, trailer houses and other equipment that had greeted locals and tourists alike. This eyesore has been an in-your-face assault on our aesthetic sensibilities for years.

  • Three from LV are all-state

    Three local hoopsters have been recognized with selection to all-state teams by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Miranda Martinez of West Las Vegas High was the lone first-team all-state pick from the Meadow City.

    Martinez, a senior guard, led the Lady Dons with 15.7 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals per game this past season; she was the team leader in those statistical categories.

    The Lady Dons, coached by Jose Medina, made it to the state quarterfinals in The Pit, losing to eventual state champ Santa Fe Indian School 71-45.

  • WLV thrower making a splash

    West Las Vegas’ Danielle Gurule chose a good time to make the throw of her life.

    Gurule threw the discus a personal-record 112 feet, 6 inches, in the Marilyn Sepulveda track meet on April 11 in Albuquerque. The throw was good enough for second place among the best 12 female discus athletes from around the state.

    “Just an amazing girl,” marveled WLV coach James Esquibel, who noted Gurule has also qualified for state in the shot put. “She is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and working hard for a state title.”

  • Mora tracksters roll in Clayton

    At the recent Clayton Track and Field Invitational the Mora boys’ team emerged as the champion and came home with the first-place trophy.

    The Rangers made 78 points in the overall events. The best scores came in the 1,600-meter medley relay as they earned 12 points with a time of 4.33.9.

    Another top score of 12 points was gained by the 1,600-meter race run by Alonzo Chavez with a 5.01.95 time.

    Tim Romero was first in the high jump after clearing 6-1.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Regis, 3 p.m., Denver
    Track and field
    • Meadow City Invitational (hosted by Robertson; includes RHS, West Las Vegas, others), 3 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Regis (DH), noon, Denver
    Rodeo
    • NMHU at Tri-College Rodeo Challenge, Taylor, Ariz.

  • FYI - Sports

    City of Las Vegas presents Spring Road Running: Spring Running is a fun program designed to teach the basics of running. Recreation staff will provide instruction, which includes stretching exercises, running techniques, running games, timed races and cool down techniques. This five-week program will let you kick up your heels and shake off the winter cobwebs. Participants will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Learn how running can be a fun and healthy lifetime activity.

  • Cowboys blow out Mines in series finale

    The Highlands Cowboys scored enough runs in nine innings on Sunday to win the entire series at Colorado School of Mines. But the 14-0 beatdown counted for only one victory in the four-game set held at Darden Field in Golden, Colo.

    NMHU improved to 16-20 overall and 10-17 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while Mines slipped to 11-24 and 9-17.

    Highlands outslugged the Orediggers 21-2 and led 8-0 through three innings.

  • Cowgirls finish strong, split

    Ashley Paiz’s steady pitching effort, backed by pretty good hitting from her teammates, ensured that Western New Mexico would not go home with a sweep.

    The New Mexico Highlands softball team won 10-2 in Sunday’s finale of a four-game series at Cowgirl Field.

    Paiz, who pitched a complete six innings in a game ended by the eight-run rule, had one of her better performances of the season. She held the Mustangs to two earned runs on four hits and no walks, striking out two.

  • Elite continues streak

    Submitted to the Optic

    In 9-10 youth baseball this past weekend, the Las Vegas Elite faced the Yellow Jackets with a shot of redemption on the line — and didn’t disappoint.  

    The Elite’s only loss of the season was to the Yellow Jackets on the first game of the season

    This time the Elite was ready this time, beginning with leadoff batter Caleb “Lubby” Marrujo who hit a double to center field.  Robert Silva, up next, hit it to the outfield, scoring Marrujo.

  • $9M verdict in civil lawsuit

    A Raton woman who suffered severe heart damage after her heart attack went undiagnosed for more than a day in 2006 won a multi-million judgment against three doctors on Friday.

    A San Miguel County jury found the three physicians —Misbah Zmily of Raton, Stephanie Hedstrom of Albuquerque and Lee Caruana of Raton — negligent in their handling of Bryanna Baker’s medical treatment. The eight-woman, four-man jury set compensatory damages at $9 million.