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Today's News

  • Two HU rodeo athletes in top 10

    Sammi Lane’s time of 14.65 seconds in the short go-round was enough to place ninth in barrel racing in the College National Finals Rodeo over the weekend in Casper, Wyo.

    Lane represented New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s rodeo team in the barrel racing competition.

    Along with Dirk Tavenner’s seventh-place outcome in steer wrestling, Highlands athletes secured two top 10 finishes in the national rodeo finals.

  • Big splash for triathlon return

    With more than 100 hearty souls braving a 0.9-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run, the Storrie Lake Triathlon roared back to life on Sunday.

  • La Plaza finals: A’s and Cubs prevail

    One of La Plaza Little League’s two tournament finals on Saturday served up competitive drama for the Rodriguez Park crowd, keeping fans guessing to the very end.

    The other? Not so much.

    In La Plaza’s Minors Division, the Cubs held on for a 6-5 decision against a Phillies squad that rallied back from 3-0 and 6-1 deficits before falling short.

    Then in the Majors final, the Athletics completed an unbeaten season with more dominance, this time a 21-0 romp against the Red Sox.

    CUBS 6, PHILLIES 5

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 22, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Adult League games, TBA, city complex

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 6 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Adult League games, TBA, city complex

  • FYI - Sports

    Ladies, summer is here so get in the swing with a fun and informative golf clinic.

  • Homicide trial postponed

    Richard Baca had been scheduled to go on trial this week for the 2009 slaying of a local postal carrier, but a district judge postponed the trial on Friday after the defense objected to evidence the state plans to introduce.

    At issue is a shooting reconstruction done by state police recently that concluded that Benito Lemos “was supposedly in retreat” when he was shot, according to defense attorney Stacey Ward.

    The shooting stemmed from an apparent road-rage incident between Lemos and Baca.

  • Summer break Fun
  • Clues emerge in Mora body case

    The state police investigator looking into the death of Maxine Patsy Trujillo, whose remains were found in Mora County in February, has confirmed that blood and DNA found in the kitchen of her boyfriend’s home belonged to her.

  • Porter St. residents fear speeders

    Residents of Porter Street and New Mexico Avenue are fed up with speeders wreaking havoc in their westside neighborhood, and they’re asking the city to install additional traffic devices in hopes of slowing down motorists and preventing a tragedy.

    Christine Pacheco, who lives on Porter, told the Optic she and her neighbors are worried about their kids, their vehicles and their lives.

    “We’re here living in fear, especially on the nights and on weekends,” she said.

  • Mora County bans fireworks

    Extreme fire danger has prompted Mora County to ban all fireworks within county limits, officials have announced.

    The ban is effective immediately.

    “These restrictions are being enforced due to the extreme high winds, dry condition and extremely warm temperatures,” the county states in a news release. “These restrictions will be enforced and any violations will be subject to fines imposed by Mora County.