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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - April 16, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • The Wealth of Water: Short Term Gains vs. Long Term Opportunity, presented by Miguel Santistevan, a native of Taos, 4 p.m. children presentation, 5 p.m. adult and children presentation, 6:30 p.m. free tamales and refreshments with the documentary showing of “Gasland” on Monday, April 16 at Tapetes de Lana in Mora. Sponsored by Mora Democracy School Committee. For more information, contact the MDSC at 575-387-5485.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Noticias - April 16, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Optic is updating its noticias.  Organizations are asked to resubmit their submissions to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com. For questions, call 425-6796 ext. 239.

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

  • Voting in the runoffs

    We anticipate, on the eve of Las Vegas’ first runoff election, that the turnout will be low. Most runoffs in other locales turn out fewer voters than the election that preceded them, and that’s likely to be the case here in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 16, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A letters ‘explainer’

    This is what people in the news business call an “explainer” piece, where I offer up insights about how letters to the editor get published here at the Optic. Whether you’re a letter writer or simply a letter reader, hopefully you’ll find this informative.

    I have the privilege of handling the letters sent in for publication. In a typical week, I get a steady flow of letters, mostly by e-mail, a few typed up and dropped off or mailed in, and one or two a week sent in someone’s handwriting.

  • Grant: RMAC athlete of month

    For the first time, a New Mexico Highlands University athlete has been honored by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as its Athlete of the Month.

    It’s appropriate that it’s the lone Highlands competitor to have won a national championship this year — Cowgirl track and field standout Jillisa Grant.

    Grant won national championships in the long jump and the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 9-10 in Mankato, Minn. She was one of just two multiple event winners in the meet.

  • Cowboys bury Orediggers

    The lead switched hands four times Saturday afternoon before New Mexico Highlands’ four-run surge in the bottom of the sixth claimed a hard-fought 11-9 triumph over visiting Colorado School of Mines.

    The back-and-forth nature of the game — the second in a three-game weekend series — served up drama that didn’t really reflect the Cowboys’ strength in winning the first three contests.

  • Isotopes open home slate

    Albuquerque (3-7) blinked first in the 13th inning of a four-hour, 21-minute Saturday night marathon against Omaha at Isotopes Park, falling 14-10 in just the second home game of the year.

    The visiting Storm Chasers pulled ahead with five runs in the top of the 13th to end a 9-9 stalemate that had stayed intact since a two-run ‘Topes rally in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

  • Prep Roundup: District race opens; Redbirds split with Taos

    Throwing a wrench into the Robertson Cardinals’ strong start to the District 2-3A baseball schedule, the Taos Tigers earned a road split Saturday at a wind-swept Whorton Field.

    The host Cardinals (13-6) cruised to a 10-0 win in game one and led 4-1 in game two but allowed Taos to rally back for a 6-4 win.

    “The first game, we played sound baseball,” said Robertson head coach Tony Renon. “Antonio Arguello did an outstanding job on the mound, throwing a shutout.”

  • Cowgirls go halfers with Skyhawks

    Highlands (23-25) generated two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-2 win in Saturday’s series opener against visiting Fort Lewis.

    Erica Wieck hit an RBI double, and she and Brittany Potter each collected two hits in the Cowgirl victory over their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes.

    Jessica Brink (9-6) held the Skyhawks to six hits, three walks and two runs — both unearned — in a seven-inning performance that also included five strikeouts.