Today's News

  • Beware of scams

    We’ve all heard the adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    Still, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment when the convincing man at the other end of the line is telling you that you’ve won $2.5 million and an assortment of other prizes.

    Pendaries resident Iona Gamertsfelder faced that situation last week. The catch: Gamertsfelder, 83, was told she’d need to hand over $500 in order to claim her prizes.
    Realizing that it was likely a scam, she refused, and the caller hung up.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 29, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Tragedy has consequences

    I recently received a letter from someone identified only as L. Romero about the rollover earlier this month that claimed the lives of two West Las Vegas Middle School students.

    State police have said that speed, alcohol and reckless driving were all factors in the crash, and District Attorney Richard Flores is now contemplating whether to try the alleged driver, Wayne Lovato, as an adult.

    I didn’t run the piece in our letters to the editor section because it had no contact information and the first name was abbreviated.

  • Hitting the home stretch

    NMHU baseball (26-19, 22-13 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) won two of its first three games against visiting Colorado State-Pueblo (23-19, 19-14) with a chance to take a series victory on Sunday.

    They were the last home games of the regular season for Highlands and more than a dozen key seniors on the squad.

    The Cowboys won 5-1 on Friday, then split Saturday’s doubleheader with an 8-2 setback and a 13-8 victory.

  • Reports: Highlands’ Campbell to join Bengals as free agent

    Optic staff and wire reports

    If All-American linebacker Jordan Campbell is to realize his dream of playing in the NFL, it will have to come via free agency — perhaps with the Cincinnati Bengals, with whom he reportedly signed late Saturday.

    The New Mexico Highlands standout’s name was not among those called over the weekend as the NFL held its annual college draft in New York City.

    But several blogger sites and Campbell himself reported via social media that he’d agreed to terms with the Bengals.

  • Van Slyke hits thrice to pace Isotopes

    By Laura Verillo
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    ROUND ROCK, Texas — Scott Van Slyke had three more hits and an RBI single in the fourth inning as the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express, 5-2, Saturday night at Dell Diamond.

    Tony Gwynn Jr. and Dee Gordon also had RBI singles in the four-run fourth inning. Tim Federowicz, in his first game back with the ‘Topes, hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Van Slyke has 26 RBI in 22 games.

    That was enough offense for the ‘Topes pitchers.

  • Little League - April 29, 2013

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

    Monday games: Angels vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Reds vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday games: Orioles vs. Angels, 5:30 p.m.; Yankees vs. Mariners, 7:30 p.m.

    Monday games: Bats vs. Thunder, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Red Wings, 7 p.m.
    Tuesday games: Rivercats vs. Paw Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Threshers, 7 p.m.
    Wednesday games: Paw Sox vs. Bats, 5:30 p.m.; Thunder vs. Owlz, 7 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 29, 2013

    • Las Vegas Little League games (see schedule, Page 8)
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Santa Fe, 9 a.m.
    • La Plaza Little League game
    • Las Vegas Little League game
    • La Plaza Little League game

    • Robertson vs. Raton, 4 p.m., Whorton Field
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Las Vegas Little League games

  • Bullying alleged at East

    Baseball is supposed to be a game of strikes, courtesy of the opposing team’s pitcher, but for one Robertson High School junior varsity team member, the strikes came from a teammate’s punches.

  • Gov taps Baca for judge post

    Longtime Las Vegas attorney Gerald E. Baca has been chosen to fill the vacant judge post in the 4th Judicial District, the Governor’s Office announced Thursday morning.

    Baca, who has been an attorney for more than 26 years, said he would begin his new job on May 13. Between now and then, he will be shutting down his practice and handing his open cases off to other attorneys.