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Today's News

  • National champ!

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU Sports Information

    Soaring 20 feet, 9 inches, and topping the best efforts of her opponents as well as her own previous bests, New Mexico Highlands University junior Salcia Slack willed herself to the national long jump championship on Thursday.

    Slack went on to win a second national title the following day, coming close to a national record in the heptathlon.

    Those victories helped lead Highlands to a heroic seventh-place finish in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which concluded Saturday in Allendale, Mich.

  • Select Vatos in national sevens event

    A select group of New Mexico Highlands University rugby players is gearing up for competition at the National College Rugby Championship Sevens finals event this week in Philadelphia.

    But they could use your help — and you won’t need to jump into a scrum.

    The Vatos are fundraising to help pay the cost of travel to the competition, which is scheduled to be broadcast by the NBC networks. Matches are this coming Saturday and Sunday.  

  • Heat can eliminate Pacers tonight

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    TIM REYNOLDS, MIAMI — Chris Bosh got them started. LeBron James took over in the second half.

    And in the end, the Miami Heat moved one win from yet another Eastern Conference title.

    James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh added 25 points — nearly matching his output from the first three games of the series combined — and the Heat grabbed control of the East finals by topping the Indiana Pacers 102-90 in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead.

  • Little League - May 28

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

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Wednesday, May 28: Reds vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m; Mets vs. Angels, 7:30 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Wednesday, May 28: Express vs. Threshers, 6:15 p.m.; Red Wings vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday, May 29: Bats vs. Rattlers, 6:15 p.m.; makeup game slot, TBA, 7:45 p.m.

    SOFTBALL DIVISION
    Wednesday, May 28: Stars vs. Lady Devils, 4 p.m. or TBA

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 28, 2014

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad, 6 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad, 6 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    Softball

  • Their sacred pledge

    Editor’s note: In honor of Memorial Day, Mora native Charles Padilla has written the following essay about the repatriation of the war dead from WWII.

    By Charles Padilla

    For the Optic

  • 450 affected by city billing glitch

    A software glitch in the city’s new automated meter reading system resulted in incorrect bills for about 450 of the city’s natural gas customers.

    The city disclosed the problem in a news release issued Thursday evening.

    The 450 customers affected were overbilled four their natural gas usage in May.

  • 10 Pecos seniors also Luna grads

    They walked the line during a college graduation prior to their own high school commencement exercise. Earlier this month roughly 22 percent of the Pecos High School graduating class received their associates certificate or degree from Luna Community College prior to their high school diploma courtesy of a dual enrollment program. Then last weekend they received their high school diplomas.

  • City OKs parting gift for some cops

    Las Vegas Optic

    Longtime city police officers in good standing will be allowed to keep their primary duty weapons under a resolution approved unanimously by the City Council last week.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño proposed the resolution as a way to honor longtime officers. Under the old system, duty weapons had to be returned to the city upon an officer’s retirement.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 26, 2014

    The Associated Press

    6 killed in
    I-10 crash

    DEMING — Several vehicles were involved in a crash on an interstate highway in southwestern New Mexico during a dust storm, killing at least six people, the State Patrol said.
    The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. MDT Thursday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Hidalgo County, several miles from the Arizona border.