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Today's News

  • Orediggers pile on vs. NMHU

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    GOLDEN, Colo. — Colorado School of Mines swept New Mexico Highlands University in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Darden Field.  CSM prevailed 14-7 in game one before collecting a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    MONDAY
    Golf
    • Robertson at Los Alamos, 9 a.m., Los Alamos

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Robertson vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS Field
    • West Las Vegas at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Softball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), 2 p.m., Portales
    • Robertson vs. Raton, 4 p.m., RHS Field
    • West Las Vegas at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Track and field
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Taos, 2 p.m., Taos

  • FYI - Sports

    A benefit mushball tournament will be held Saturday, May 7, at La Plaza Little League Field. Deadline to register is May 6; entry fee is $100 per team. For more information, contact Leona, 426-4850, or Joey, 429-0571.

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    The Optic is looking to provide the most comprehensive area sports coverage available. To submit sports scores, statistics and story ideas, e-mail: dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • WNMU starts well vs. Cowgirls

    Western New Mexico hopped over the .500 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball standings at the expense of intrastate rival New Mexico Highlands on Saturday, sweeping the first two of a four-game series in Las Vegas.

    WNMU (19-25 overall, 15-13 RMAC) outslugged Highlands 13-8 in their first game en route to a 5-1 win.

    The Cowgirls were 7-34 and 4-26 respectively, going into Sunday’s games.

  • 5 in running for top East job

    The search for the next superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools is nearing completion.

    Five finalists were announced this week during the school board’s work session. They are: Sheri Williams, the outgoing superintendent for the Carlsbad Municipal Schools; Paul Gregory Rockhold, of Tennessee;  Eric Martinez, superintendent of Questa Independent Schools; Marc Space, superintendent of Putnam Valley Schools in New York; and Jim Reed, a former superintendent of Dora (N.M.) Consolidated Schools.

  • Through the Lens

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Boldly plastered on a bright green wall at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe are the words of photographer, art historian and curator Beaumont Newhall.

    In the face of turmoil, unrest and unhappiness, he asks what photographers, writers and curators can do.

  • County imposing fire restrictions

    Dangerous fire conditions and the dismal outlook for the next few months have led San Miguel County officials to impose Level III fire restrictions throughout the county effective immediately.  

    Volunteer firefighters have been called to at least 16 fires in the county since March, and county officials are worried that the high number this early could be a sign of things to come.

  • City sees no easy fix to water woes

    By Sue Major Holmes
    The Associated Press

    Water restrictions have become a way of life in Las Vegas, whose mayor says his city needs a better supply, more space to store it and replacement of an aging pipeline system it’s been fixing one leak at a time.

    The city of about 14,000 has endured some level of water restrictions for at least eight years since 2000. Last week, city councilors declared an emergency due to one of the driest winters in 60 years.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, April 13 — The double funeral of Anna and Alzina Loeffel, the young women who were killed in a runaway accident on Monday morning, was held from Wagon Mound’s little Methodist church yesterday afternoon... The bodies of the sisters were placed side by side in a single grave. The Rev. Emory Loeffel, a brother of the unfortunate girls, who is enroute here from Luka, Ill., did not arrive in time for the funeral. For this reason, the grave was left open and men were placed on guard in the cemetery.

  • Looking Ahead

    Interfaith talk on holocaust this Sunday

    Holocust survivors, representatives from local churches and others will take part in a discussion about the holocaust this weekend. The event will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.