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  • Looking Ahead - News - June 18, 2012

    Kiwanis Pancake Day is Wednesday

    The 16th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day is this Wednesday. Serving times are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 and proceeds support local youth programs. For more information, call 505-718-6655.

  • Weather - June 18, 2012

    Mostly sunny. Highs in the 90s. West winds 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night. Lows in the 50s. West winds 10-20 mph.

    Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s. West winds 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night. Lows in the 50s.

    Mostly sunny. Highs in the 80s to lower 90s. Partly cloudy at night, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower to mid 50s.


  • LV native awarded Fulbright scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    A helping hand to his older brother on Move-in Day at the New Mexico State University campus led Gabriel Mario Ulibarri to study abroad opportunities in both Mexico and Italy. Now, the communication studies graduate student will travel to Spain next year where he will teach English as the recipient of a Fulbright grant.

    Ulibarri received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship scholarship to teach English and share American culture in Madrid for the 2012-13 academic year. He will work with students in a secondary school system.

  • Que Pasa - June 18, 2012

    • 16th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, Wednesday, June 20, serving times are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 and proceeds support local youth programs. For more information, call 505-718-6655.

  • Shame on the adults

    First, let’s acknowledge that what happened at Rodriguez Park a few days ago — when the president of La Plaza Little League pulled a rifle during an argument involving a couple of coaches — is an outlandish exception. Most adult La Plaza participants don’t behave that way.

    We hope this will be the one and only time that we’ll ever have to report that a firearm was pulled at a Little League game, but the fact that it happened gives us great pause. Something’s terribly wrong when adults behave in this manner and in such a place.

  • Editoral Cartoon - June 18, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The rises and falls of the Vigils

    Last week I offered up some post-election tidbits based on the results of the June 5 primary elections, but I saved this one for a column of its own. Put into context, it’s much bigger than a tidbit.

    Two primary elections resulted in the defeat of two Vigils from the Valley. Richard Vigil, a state representative since 1999, was beaten by Tomás Salazar, who received 56 percent of the vote. Rep. Vigil will serve out his term and Salazar is poised to take his place in January 2013.

  • Detoured but not deterred - Chavez triumphs in inaugural Fabian Trujillo Memorial Run

    Henrique Chavez, the winner of Saturday morning’s inaugural Fabian Trujillo Memorial Run, apparently enjoyed the course so much that he extended it by a few hundred strides.

    Chavez went off course and had to backtrack but still won the 5-kilometer race in a comfortable 17 minutes and 36 seconds.

    Afterward, the Mora native and New Mexico Highlands University cross country runner joked about it on Facebook:

  • Isotopes cage the I-Cubs

    John Ely was stingy.

    His Isotopes pitching teammates out of the bullpen were even stingier.

    And with Albuquerque again making things happen at the plate Saturday night, the ‘Topes scored a big 9-1 road win over the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines.

    Ely (7-4 with a 3.16 earned run average) gave up seven hits in five innings but just one earned run and struck out six I-Cubs.

    Relievers Cole St. Clair, Blake Johnson and Angel Guzman worked an inning each, allowing four hits combined and no runs as Albuquerque picked up its 40th win in 70 games.

  • Prep girls’ basketball camp this week at NMHU

    With one segment of the Highlands women’s basketball camp season in the books, what Cowgirl head coach Tiffany Darling describes as “the best camp we have all summer” runs Monday through Wednesday on campus.

    The Cowgirl Skills Academy is designed for high school players (fees are $100 per player or $500 for an entire high school team of 10-12). It will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of those three days and will include lunch.

    Coaches are also invited to learn new skills drills and other techniques.