Today's News

  • Local connection - Several area students awarded prestigious LANL scholarships

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eight San Miguel County students have won scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund. The fund awarded $411,500 to 73 students in Northern New Mexico to realize their dreams of attending college.

    Winning $10,000 awards:

  • In Brief - Education - May 3, 2013

    The Associated Press

  • Computer glitches derail school tests

    By Tom Coyne and Tom LoBianco
    The Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS — School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and even determine teachers’ pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators’ computer systems.
    Thousands of students in Indiana, Oklahoma and Minnesota have been kicked offline while taking tests in recent weeks, postponing the testing schools planned for months and raising concerns about whether the glitches will affect scores.

  • Montaño signs with Highlands

    With all the events she’s been competing in — and excelling in — over the last several years, Robertson’s Kristen Montaño has given her supporters plenty to watch during track and field meets.

    Look for her to continue doing so next year — as a member of the New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field program.

  • Breakout day for Pecos at NRG

    “Everyone really brought it,” Pecos track and field coach Leroy Barela said of his athletes’ effort in this past weekend’s Northern Rio Grande Invitational held in Ojo Caliente.

    The Lady Panthers won the girls’ meet, racking up 96 team points to beat Dulce (75) and Penasco (61). And the Panthers were a runner-up on the boys’ side despite missing five of their leading scorers. Escalante won the boys’ title with 123 points; Pecos had 87 and Penasco 69.

  • Camp pays tribute to Miranda Serna

    A couple years after her untimely death, basketball hero Miranda Serna is still dishing out assists.

    The summer youth basketball camp that bears her name was so popular in its inaugural season that it reached its registration capacity of 65 within eight days.

    “It’s not only the way we’ve run the camp,” said Aaron Chavez, one of the camp’s coordinators and a cousin of Serna’s. “It’s also that people really respected Miranda.”

  • ‘Topes win in 10th

    A two-run bomb by Tim Federowicz lifted the Isotopes to a 6-4 win in the 10th inning of their Wednesday home game with Memphis.

    Albuquerque improved to 15-11 and won its third straight over the Redbirds.

    Federowicz finished 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI. Elian Herrera also homered.

    Friday through Monday, the Isotopes host New Orleans.

  • Kanneh heads to camp with Browns

    For the past couple years, New Mexico has been home to Jordan Campbell and Abdul Kanneh.

    Now both former Highlands Cowboys are hoping that Ohio will become the place they hang their football helmets.

    Kanneh reportedly has accepted an invitation to rookie minicamp with the Cleveland Browns.

    And as the Optic reported earlier this week, Jordan Campbell inked a deal to join the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Both went undrafted in the NFL Draft last weekend but were among the first wave of players to draw interest in free agency.

  • Youth Soccer - May 3, 2013

    Las Vegas Youth Soccer League’s upcoming matches are as follows.

    Matches to be played 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Commerce Street park.
    United vs. Fire, Field 1; Earthquakes vs. Crew, Field 2; Chivas vs. Dynamo, Field 3; Rapids vs. Sounders, Field 4

    Matches to be played 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Commerce Street park.
    AC Milan vs. Hot Spurs, Field 2; Juventus vs. Barcelona, Field 3; Real Madrid vs. Galaxy-Mora, Field 4


  • Little League - May 3, 2013

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

    Friday games: Mariners vs. Orioles, 5:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Reds, 7:30 p.m.
    Monday games: Mariners vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Orioles, 7:30 p.m.

    Monday games: Paw Sox vs. Thunder, 6:15 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Owlz, 7:45 p.m.

    Friday games: Sundevils vs. Wolverines, 5:15 p.m.; Bulldogs vs. Razorbacks, 6:15 p.m.