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Today's News

  • North-South week begins in LV

    Starting Monday, dozens of some of the premier recently graduated high school athletes in New Mexico will be in town for the start of North-South All-Star week in Las Vegas.

  • Crespin fight makes national telecast

    Las Vegas professional boxer Arturo “El Toro” Crespin got the chance to show his skills for a nationwide television audience Friday night. The bad part is that his light middleweight match with Janks Trotter didn’t last very long.

  • Strong start for area teams

    TAOS — Win or lose, Mora Little League was one of the pleasant surprises on the first day of the District 4 All-Star Tournaments.

    “We’ve had a really good turnout,” said Michael Aragon, one of the coaches who has helped develop young players in the league this season. Aragon said between 120 and 140 youngsters played in Mora’s teams this spring and summer.

    “We have four all-star teams here,” Aragon noted. That includes one in each of the three baseball age divisions (9-10, 10-11, 11-12) plus one juniors team.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 11, 2011

    MONDAY
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Balls Deep vs. Blaze 6:30 p.m., Young Bucks vs. Louisville Chuggers, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games:  Alta Vista vs. Vida Encantada, 6 p.m.; Bud-Dick’s-Night Owl vs. Lady Warriors, 7 p.m., NMHU field

  • FYI - Sports

    The City of Las Vegas is holding a family golf camp for the community during the month of July. The camp is designed for parents and their children to get out on the range and enjoy the game of golf. Sessions will cover fundamentals, use of irons and drivers, putting, chipping and full swing.
    Sessions are scheduled for July 13, July 20 and July 27. Each session will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Camp cost is $65 for two; $15 each additional person. Children are not required to have their own clubs to participate.

  • County mulls trash changes

    San Miguel County’s solid waste operation costs about $200,000 more a year than it takes in from user fees.

    That’s one of the factors that has prompted the county to rethink how it handles solid waste operations.

  • Not Forgotten

    Jesse Griego was 20 when he died in a battle north of Da Nang in Vietnam 43 years ago this month.

    Although the Marine died at a young age nearly four decades ago, his legacy lives on in Vietnam, where a kindergarten school bears his name.

    Now an effort is under way to name the Valley Elementary and Middle School gymnasium in Ribera in Griego’s honor.

    “He was the first soldier from that area to die for his country in Vietnam,” Albert Gallegos, a childhood friend of Griego’s said this week.

  • Remembering the day Jesse died

    By Jim Lewis
    For the Optic

    July 16, 1968, was a hot, yellow-tinted day.

    Our sweat-soaked bodies were caked with dust. We were all the same color; only the whites of our eyes showed any contrast.

    We were moving to Hill 88 to set a base camp. Once there, supplies and water would be helicoptered into our position. After humping up the 88 feet (hills were named by the height they were above sea level), I sat down alone in the hot sun. In front of me were other members of 1st Platoon.

  • DWI arrests made

    State police arrested three alleged repeat drunk driving offenders in recent days, including a man who had children with him when he was arrested, and a woman who wrecked her car outside city limits.

    Jessie E. Romero, 53, who lives on Old Highway 85, was arrested Monday and charged with DWI, sixth offense, a third-degree felony; driving with a suspended or revoked license, a misdemeanor; and three counts of abuse of a child, third-degree felonies.

    Romero, who was driving a red Chevy passenger car, was stopped on Grand  because his tail lamps were out.

  • King pulls out of job searches

    Former Robertson High School principal Eddie King withdrew all his applications for several positions at Las Vegas City Schools earlier this week.

    The district, meanwhile, was still conducting interviews for administrative positions this week, according to interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez. She had previously said that she hoped to fill those jobs by June 30.