Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 22, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GOT IT DONE. Maybe it was George Sprenger’s letter to the editor that got the ball rolling, but the three box trailers that had been sitting for about three months at Eighth Street and Highland Drive have finally been removed. Sprenger tells us it’s the result of action taken by the city’s Code Enforcement Division, the state Department of Transportation, the City Council and citizens’ concerns. Plus, he thanks landowner Carlos Gallegos “for his sensitivity to that neighborhood’s concerns.”

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 22, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Armed deputies guard Carl Magee trial

    As Carl Magee went on trial in June of 1923, Sheriff Lorenzo Delgado posted armed deputies in Judge Leahy’s courtroom — and their presence was unmistakable and intimidating. As later remembered by an Optic reporter who covered the trial, “heavily armed deputies constantly walked back and forth across the well of the court between the jury room and Judge Leahy’s chambers.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - June 22, 2012

    St. Paul Pioneer Press, on heroin’s rise (June 19) — As the Minnesota Department of Human Services reported this week that abuse of heroin and prescription opiates has risen sharply, Carol Falkowski came to mind. Last fall, in a Pioneer Press news report and follow-up for these pages, she said this: “Heroin is here, and we have never seen it like this before.”
    We were warned.

  • Meadow City tracksters shine at state

    Members of the Meadow City Track Club racked up 16 first-place finishes — a half dozen in team relay events — in the recent state competition.

    The team will next compete in regionals July 5-8 at the University of Texas at El Paso. Approximately 30 young athletes have qualified for that meet, according to coach Morgan Montaño.

    The Meadow City Track Club includes nearly three dozen participants from across the community.

  • Little League - Finals this weekend

    Wednesday belonged to teams wearing Cubs blue and red at Rodriguez Park, where La Plaza Little League’s tournaments drew closer to completion.

    In the Majors bracket, the third-seeded Cubs pulled off a mild upset of the second-seeded Nationals in a game that extended until after 10:30 p.m. It was just a one-run margin as of the second inning, but the Cubs built up a 13-3 spread by the end of the fourth and kept that lead intact to put the game away in five.

  • Storrie Lake Triathlon on tap

    More than 140 hearty athletes had signed up as of Wednesday for this coming weekend’s Storrie Lake Triathlon, and according to event organizer Angie Kandalaft, that’s about double the turnout of the previous year.

    What’s more is that the event will continue to accept new registration up until a half hour prior to the start of each competition, which this year will include a special youth triathlon, “Youth Splash & Dash” and a separate 10-kilometer run.

  • North-South baseball next week

    By Richard Tripp
    For the Las Vegas Optic

    NMHU’s Brandt Park, home of the Highlands Cowboys baseball team, will be the site for the 2012 Class 1A-2A-3A North-South All-Star baseball games, scheduled for June 29 and 30.

    Featured will be some of the best recently graduated seniors from around the state, including four from Las Vegas — Antonio Arguello and Luke Aragon from Robertson and J.C. Martinez and Stephen Montaño from West Las Vegas.

  • Go Fish - June 22, 2012

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

  • Adult Softball - June 22, 2012

    Standings and scores from the Las Vegas Adult Softball League as of Wednesday, June 20:

    Vida Encantada Cougars    6-2
    Bud-Dick’s-Night Owl    6-2
    Rowdy Rascals        5-4
    AVRH Scrubs        4-4
    Warriors            0-9