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Today's News

  • Waterless refuge

    The lead story in this month’s newsletter by the Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, La Voz del Refugio, sported an unsurprising headline: “Dry Times on the Refuge.” That’s obvious to anyone who has been out there this summer — the marshes are dry, the fields never really turned green and even the wildlife seems more scarce. It’s no secret that a couple of years of especially dry summers have taken their toll on everything around here, and the refuge is clearly no exception.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 12, 2012
  • Work of Art - 92, and she’s ‘with it’

    Photographing Julia Martinez for the Optic’s Senior Profile feature last week convinced me that hers was by far the easiest interview I’ve helped writer Lupita Gonzales conduct.
    I simply go along for the photos; I let my colleague ask the tough questions.
    So what made it so easy? Probably our conviction that Mrs. Herman Martinez is extremely alert. Yes, she’s 92, but she’s much more “with it” than many people 30 years younger.

  • Rehoboth tourney champs
  • Crickets prevail in Bean Day softball

    The Crickets, a local softball team named after the late Jimmy “Cricket” Sandoval, went 6-1 and won the recent Bean Day tournament in Wagon Mound.
    Marco Aragon earned Most Valuable Player honors, leading the Crickets’ all-tournament honorees. Others on the all-tourney team were Carl Vigil, James Benavidez, Chris Perez and Ruben Duran. Perez also took home a trophy for home run hitting.
    Kenny Sandoval and Elfie Chavez have teamed up to create teams that have won the Wagon Mound Bean Day Memorial Tournament for eight consecutive years.

  • End of an era

    It’s more than a little strange to see soccer being played on the field at Robertson High School without Ray Parks on the sidelines coaching it.
    This past offseason, Parks ended a 17-year run as head coach of the RHS girls’ program.
    He’d toyed with the idea of stepping down from the coaching position since before the 2011 season but didn’t make anything official until well after the Lady Cardinals’ campaign had ended in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A-3A state tournament.

  • WLV runners top 4 in Española

    West Las Vegas cross country teams scored dual fourth-place finishes over the weekend at the Española Valley Invitational in Española.
    Longtime coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo said he was generally pleased with his runners’ efforts and their times but added that there is ample room for improvement.
    On the boys’ side, West’s Max Sedillo finished within a couple seconds of individual winner Jeremy Santistevan of Pojoaque Valley. Sedillo’s time of 16:58 and second-place finish were part of one of his better efforts to date.

  • Highlands’ QB Lewis honored by RMAC

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has recognized New Mexico Highlands quarterback Emmanuel Lewis as the RMAC Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s game.
    Lewis completed 26 of 42 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns and was intercepted twice as Highlands defeated Fort Lewis 50-0 in the league opener for both schools. He also ran the ball 14 times for 108 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown and a long run of 44 yards.

  • Isotopes’ run ends in game 5

    Albuquerque Isotopes
    The Albuquerque Isotopes (80-64, 2-3) couldn’t keep the opposition off the board, allowing 11 runs through the first five frames en route to a season-ending 16-7 loss to the Omaha Storm Chasers (83-61, 3-2) Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park.
    With the defeat, the 'Topes' 2012 season is now over after being eliminated in the best-of-five American Conference Championship Series, while the Chasers advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship, set to begin Tuesday against the Reno Aces.

  • Chavez wins; Mora boys 3rd in SF meet

    State title contender Alonzo Chavez and the Mora boys’ cross country team are back in business.
    Chavez won an individual title and the Ranger boys finished third at the ATC Invitational over the weekend in Santa Fe.
    Chavez took first place with a time of 16:39, and he had teammates Julio Serna and Daniel Medina join him in the top 10.
    Serna was sixth and Medina ninth, while Amerik Vasquez (21st), Xavier Romero (36th) and Brandon Dahilig (39th) ran among the top 40 for Mora.