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  • Noticias - May 2, 2011

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

  • Pope beatifies John Paul II

    By Nicole Winfield
    and Vanessa Gera
    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome Sunday to watch Pope John Paul II move a step closer to sainthood in one of the largest Vatican Masses in history, an outpouring of adoration for a beloved and historic figure after years marred by church scandal.

  • RHS tennis dominates district

    Just about the only thing standing in the way of district tennis championships for Robertson High this past weekend? Robertson itself.

    Robertson nearly monopolized the individual district finals on Friday in Taos, placing both finalists in boys’ singles, girls’ singles and girls’ doubles.

    Then on Saturday, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals swept to team championships, looking to garner high seeds in this week’s state tournament, which begins Thursday in Albuquerque.

    Seniors held court in the singles matches.

  • Role models
  • Lopers turn away Cowboy challenge

    With wins by 8-1, 8-1 and 5-3 counts, Nebraska-Kearney stormed to a home series win over visiting New Mexico Highlands in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball action over the weekend. The series finale was set for Sunday, after this issue went to press.

    Todd Stachura set the tone in game one, shackling the Cowboys for three hits in a nine-inning complete-game pitching showcase.

    Jarod Robinette drove in the lone Highlands run (by Luis Saenz) to make it 3-1 in the top of the fourth, but the Lopers allowed no more.

  • Weekend Roundup: Raton holds court, takes district titles

    Controlling their own destiny heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Raton Tigers left nothing to chance Saturday — in baseball and in softball.

    As a result, the Tigers are district champs — times two.

    Raton’s baseball team swept visiting Robertson 10-0 and 15-10. The Tigers put the first game away in five innings, quieting a Cardinal offense that had come off a string of 10-run rule wins.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 2, 2011

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Robertson in district tournament, TBA, Tucumcari
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park

  • FYI - Sports

    City of Las Vegas presents Spring Road Running: Spring Running is a fun program designed to teach the basics of running. Recreation staff will provide instruction which includes stretching exercises, running techniques, running games, timed races and cool down techniques. This five-week program will let you kick up your heels and shake off the winter cobwebs. Participants will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25 through May 26 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

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  • Fire destroys couple’s home

    A Mora County couple narrowly escaped a fire that erupted as they were sleeping early Wednesday morning, destroying their home and injuring one of them.

    Deet Schumacher, who is in his late 60s, was initially taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas before being transported to University of New Mexico Hospital’s burn unit in Albuquerque.

    He was treated for smoke inhalation and suffered burns to his legs but is in good condition, said Joel Peters, chief of the Ledoux Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Senior Profile - Ruben Salazar

    Try to imagine living for nearly a century. Ruben Salazar has. Born June 18, 1916, Salazar will be 95 years old soon.

    His parents, Manuel and Juanita (Medina) Salazar survived to ages 105 and 103, respectively, so Ruben might meet that or surpass it. He attributes their and his longevity to “living right — eating from their own garden.”

    Ruben hails from Maes, about 40 miles east of Las Vegas. He said that there are a lot of small communities in that area. Some, like La Encinosa, now consist of only one household.