Today's News

  • Senate hopefuls trade barbs

    By Kevin Freking
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Heather Wilson is used to close calls. During her five terms in Congress, she represented a left-leaning district that national Democrats routinely placed at the top of their list of potential takeovers.

    The former GOP lawmaker and her campaign team are taking comfort in that experience as New Mexico voters evaluate their options in this year’s U.S. Senate race featuring Wilson and Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich.

  • HU coach aids Olympic dreams

    Submitted to the Optic

    When the 2012 London Olympic Games begin, New Mexico Highlands assistant track and field coach Patrick Johnson will be more than just an interested spectator.

    The native of Jamaica, who just finished his third season with the program, will have three athletes he works with — via long-distance coaching — competing in London.

  • La Plaza girls make state final

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    La Plaza Little League’s 10-11 softball team fell just a couple runs shy of a state championship this week in Española, beating the host team once but not twice.

    Española edged La Plaza 27-26 on Wednesday night following a four-hour game that ended on a disputed obstruction call. Walks hurt La Plaza, which went through four pitchers and allowed 11 unearned runs of the base-on-balls variety.

    “It was a heartbreaker,” said manager Paul Sandoval.

  • On stage

    Las Vegas’ Tanner Hoopes earned two first-place trophies in the National Physique Committee’s Mid USA event July 7 at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. This event was sponsored by Muscle & Fitness and FLEX magazine. He competed against some of the top bodybuilders in the Southwest and took first place in the New Mexico physique division, then went on to win first place in the Mid USA physique division. Hoopes is now eligible to compete in the NPC USA. This event is only for top amateurs who have qualified in NPC competitions throughout the U.S.

  • Kryptonite run ends in regional

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Kryptonite concluded the season after being eliminated at the South Plains Regional Tournament.  

    The Kryptos ended with a 16-5-1 record after losing two games at the regional in Farmington this past week.  

    Las Vegas lost to the Farmington River Cats in the opening round, via an eight-run rule in effect for the tournament. Las Vegas had opportunities to score in every inning but mental base running errors squashed all hopes of putting up runs.

  • Isotopes go retro

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    As of Wednesday, interest in the Albuquerque Isotopes’ Retro Night promotion had gained so much momentum the organization was selling berm seating for the Saturday evening game.

    “Dukes Retro Night,” which celebrates the original Albuquerque Dukes franchise and baseball tradition, is Saturday at Isotopes Park. The ‘Topes will be wearing Dukes uniforms as they take on the Iowa Cubs starting at 7:05 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 20, 2012



    • State tournament: Las Vegas Little League 9-10 All-Stars vs. TBA, Portales

    • Men’s city league tournament games: V Town Sluggers vs. Yo Momma, 6 p.m.; Thursday’s Hackers-Balls Deep loser vs. TBA, 7 p.m., city complex



  • FYI - Sports - July 20, 2012

    Robertson and Memorial volleyball summer practices are now under way. High school practices are 7-8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 6-7:30 Thursday at Mike Marr Gym. MMS practices are 6-7:30 Monday through Thursday, also at Marr Gym.

    RHS girls’ soccer will host a youth soccer camp for boys and girls age 5-12 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, at the RHS field. Cost is $30 per camper. Call 603-1019 or 429-8395 for details. Proceeds benefit the RHS girls’ soccer program.

  • It’s fiesta time for Mora County

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    The schedule may have changed from one weekend to another but the fun and excitement won’t, as the 2012 Mora Fiesta promises to again be its usual good time for all who attend.

    This year’s lineup includes a rodeo on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the crowning of this year’s queen, a Saturday morning parade and more than a dozen performers and bands carrying the sounds of the fiesta through the weekend.

  • Mora Senior Center lunch menu - 7/23-27

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers with coffee and milk served daily.

    Monday, July  23 — Chili dog, baked potato wedges, mixed vegetables with butter, and orange

    Tuesday, July 24 — Ham with noodles, California vegetables, salad with dressing, cottage cheese, and peaches

    Wednesday, July 25 — Taco salad, mexicorn, saltine crackers, and mixed fruit

    Thursday, July 26 — Santa Fe chicken with rice, broccoli with cheese, buttered carrots, and pineapple upside-down cake