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Today's News

  • WLV thrower making a splash

    West Las Vegas’ Danielle Gurule chose a good time to make the throw of her life.

    Gurule threw the discus a personal-record 112 feet, 6 inches, in the Marilyn Sepulveda track meet on April 11 in Albuquerque. The throw was good enough for second place among the best 12 female discus athletes from around the state.

    “Just an amazing girl,” marveled WLV coach James Esquibel, who noted Gurule has also qualified for state in the shot put. “She is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and working hard for a state title.”

  • Mora tracksters roll in Clayton

    At the recent Clayton Track and Field Invitational the Mora boys’ team emerged as the champion and came home with the first-place trophy.

    The Rangers made 78 points in the overall events. The best scores came in the 1,600-meter medley relay as they earned 12 points with a time of 4.33.9.

    Another top score of 12 points was gained by the 1,600-meter race run by Alonzo Chavez with a 5.01.95 time.

    Tim Romero was first in the high jump after clearing 6-1.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    WEDNESDAY
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Regis, 3 p.m., Denver
    Track and field
    • Meadow City Invitational (hosted by Robertson; includes RHS, West Las Vegas, others), 3 p.m., Cardinal Stadium

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU at Regis (DH), noon, Denver
    Rodeo
    • NMHU at Tri-College Rodeo Challenge, Taylor, Ariz.

  • 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. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Learn how running can be a fun and healthy lifetime activity.

  • Cowboys blow out Mines in series finale

    The Highlands Cowboys scored enough runs in nine innings on Sunday to win the entire series at Colorado School of Mines. But the 14-0 beatdown counted for only one victory in the four-game set held at Darden Field in Golden, Colo.

    NMHU improved to 16-20 overall and 10-17 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while Mines slipped to 11-24 and 9-17.

    Highlands outslugged the Orediggers 21-2 and led 8-0 through three innings.

  • Cowgirls finish strong, split

    Ashley Paiz’s steady pitching effort, backed by pretty good hitting from her teammates, ensured that Western New Mexico would not go home with a sweep.

    The New Mexico Highlands softball team won 10-2 in Sunday’s finale of a four-game series at Cowgirl Field.

    Paiz, who pitched a complete six innings in a game ended by the eight-run rule, had one of her better performances of the season. She held the Mustangs to two earned runs on four hits and no walks, striking out two.

  • Elite continues streak

    Submitted to the Optic

    In 9-10 youth baseball this past weekend, the Las Vegas Elite faced the Yellow Jackets with a shot of redemption on the line — and didn’t disappoint.  

    The Elite’s only loss of the season was to the Yellow Jackets on the first game of the season

    This time the Elite was ready this time, beginning with leadoff batter Caleb “Lubby” Marrujo who hit a double to center field.  Robert Silva, up next, hit it to the outfield, scoring Marrujo.

  • $9M verdict in civil lawsuit

    A Raton woman who suffered severe heart damage after her heart attack went undiagnosed for more than a day in 2006 won a multi-million judgment against three doctors on Friday.

    A San Miguel County jury found the three physicians —Misbah Zmily of Raton, Stephanie Hedstrom of Albuquerque and Lee Caruana of Raton — negligent in their handling of Bryanna Baker’s medical treatment. The eight-woman, four-man jury set compensatory damages at $9 million.

  • Gascon Toddler drowned

    A 2-year old Mora County boy died after falling into a septic tank last week, authorities said.

    Family members told police that Micah Martinez had been playing in the yard in Gascon on Tuesday. When family members called him for dinner, he did not respond, and they started searching the property for him.

    He was found floating in the open septic tank, state police said in a news release.

    He was pronounced dead at Alta Vista Medical Center.

  • Backyard Paradise

    Jan Arrott's home is surrounded by wide open spaces and the throngs of birds that flock to the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

    “I consider this my paradise,” says Arrott, who bought her home and land near the refuge in the late 1990s.

    Walk onto her property, and you are welcomed by the sounds of the birds she feeds daily. Arrott, an avid bird watcher, enjoys watching the birds that migrate to the area.