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Today's News

  • Breakout day for Pecos at NRG

    “Everyone really brought it,” Pecos track and field coach Leroy Barela said of his athletes’ effort in this past weekend’s Northern Rio Grande Invitational held in Ojo Caliente.

    The Lady Panthers won the girls’ meet, racking up 96 team points to beat Dulce (75) and Penasco (61). And the Panthers were a runner-up on the boys’ side despite missing five of their leading scorers. Escalante won the boys’ title with 123 points; Pecos had 87 and Penasco 69.

  • Camp pays tribute to Miranda Serna

    A couple years after her untimely death, basketball hero Miranda Serna is still dishing out assists.

    The summer youth basketball camp that bears her name was so popular in its inaugural season that it reached its registration capacity of 65 within eight days.

    “It’s not only the way we’ve run the camp,” said Aaron Chavez, one of the camp’s coordinators and a cousin of Serna’s. “It’s also that people really respected Miranda.”

  • ‘Topes win in 10th

    A two-run bomb by Tim Federowicz lifted the Isotopes to a 6-4 win in the 10th inning of their Wednesday home game with Memphis.

    Albuquerque improved to 15-11 and won its third straight over the Redbirds.

    Federowicz finished 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI. Elian Herrera also homered.

    Friday through Monday, the Isotopes host New Orleans.

  • Kanneh heads to camp with Browns

    For the past couple years, New Mexico has been home to Jordan Campbell and Abdul Kanneh.

    Now both former Highlands Cowboys are hoping that Ohio will become the place they hang their football helmets.

    Kanneh reportedly has accepted an invitation to rookie minicamp with the Cleveland Browns.

    And as the Optic reported earlier this week, Jordan Campbell inked a deal to join the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Both went undrafted in the NFL Draft last weekend but were among the first wave of players to draw interest in free agency.

  • Youth Soccer - May 3, 2013

    Las Vegas Youth Soccer League’s upcoming matches are as follows.

    U6 DIVISION
    Matches to be played 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Commerce Street park.
    United vs. Fire, Field 1; Earthquakes vs. Crew, Field 2; Chivas vs. Dynamo, Field 3; Rapids vs. Sounders, Field 4

    U8 DIVISION
    Matches to be played 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Commerce Street park.
    AC Milan vs. Hot Spurs, Field 2; Juventus vs. Barcelona, Field 3; Real Madrid vs. Galaxy-Mora, Field 4

    U10 DIVISION

  • Little League - May 3, 2013

    Las Vegas Little League’s upcoming games are as follows. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Friday games: Mariners vs. Orioles, 5:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Reds, 7:30 p.m.
    Monday games: Mariners vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Orioles, 7:30 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday games: Paw Sox vs. Thunder, 6:15 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Owlz, 7:45 p.m.

    TEE-BALL DIVISION
    Friday games: Sundevils vs. Wolverines, 5:15 p.m.; Bulldogs vs. Razorbacks, 6:15 p.m.

  • Go Fish - May 3, 2013

    FISHING REPORT,
    April 30:
    Charette Lakes: Fishing was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on perch.  
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 35 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, parachute adams, elk hair caddis, red San Juan worms, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using salmon eggs and Power Bait.

  • Mora adopts drilling ban

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    MORA — In a split vote on Monday, the Mora County Commission approved a community water rights and self-government ordinance, becoming the first county in the United States to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

    Roughly half an hour after the vote, the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which helped draft the ordinance, touted the victory in a news release.

  • Gonzales hired as interim manager

    The Mora County Commission voted last week to hire Roger Gonzales as interim county manager for two months.

    Gonzales replaces Thomas Sanchez who was terminated days after Gov. Susana Martinez signed a capital outlay bill that included $1.85 million for the incomplete county complex.

    Gonzales, a native of the LeDoux area, formerly served as Mora School’s chief operations officer. In April of last year the state Public Education Department yanked Gonzales’ business license amid concerns of misspending of money.

  • Sex offender facing up to three years

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Former day care operator and now convicted sex offender, Edward Quintana, 72, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted rape charges involving a young female family member back in 1995 and now faces up to three years in prison when sentenced.